About Us

library-imageDOPPELHOUSE PRESS focuses on architecture, design, and art, as well as stories of migration and diaspora. Our mission is to bring together a plurality of voices to examine the dynamics between sociopolitical forces and aesthetic forms.

We began our work in 2011 looking at the developing styles and attitudes within 20th-century Central European modernism, which is intertwined with the perspective of exiles, for many of whom statelessness and belonging to broader cultural and artistic movements preceded their physical dislocation. Our books hinge around art and bravery, conviction and perseverance, defiance, hope, and the personal stories of people who seek to build a better world for themselves and others.

DoppelHouse Press books are distributed to the trade by Consortium / Ingram.

Contact:
Publisher@DoppelHousePress.com | T: +1 424-258-4423 | F: +1 323-349-0985

Manuscripts
We are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time.

Exam and Desk Copies
To see our academic policies and order exam and desk copies, please refer to our pages at Ingram Academic.

Licensing and Foreign Rights
Send all inquires to publisher@doppelhousepress.com.

Article Proposals
For article proposals for The Nomadic Journal, please email a one paragraph description of the subject and any relevant links. Attach your CV and any past writing examples.

Background

Both architecture and translation between German and English have played a large role in our mission, which is reflected by our name and logo. Many émigrés and immigrants live with an imaginary doppelgänger, the shadow of a life left behind that follows them upon relocation to another place and often, another language. Furthermore, the doppelhaus (“duplex”) is a twinned architecture type explored by several architects we have focused on from Vienna, specifically Adolf Loos and his protégé/colleague, Jacques Groag.

Claire self-portrait small copyThe continuing inspiration for DoppelHouse Press is Claire Beck Loos (self portrait c. late 1920s). We produced the first English edition of her insightful and lively biography Adolf Loos — A Private Portrait in conjunction with a retrospective on Loos’ work that began in Prague, traveled to several countries, and was ultimately shown in 2011 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London (more here on the exhibition). In addition to being a writer, Claire was also a respected photographer and took many of the well known portraits of Loos in his last years.

DoppelHouse Press would not have been founded without Claire and those scholars, journalists, and surviving family members who struggled to bring her work out of obscurity. She was killed in the Holocaust in 1942, at Riga, just after her 37th birthday; for many decades following, her work was used without attribution or proper context as to her tragic fate. It is to the memory of Claire Beck Loos that we dedicate our continuing work.