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Sir Edwin Lutyens: Designing in the English Traditionby Elizabeth Wilhide
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A thorough exploration of the celebrated modern designer's life and work, considering everything from sketches to glasswork to fabrics, and even such novelties as a tea room menu and a grandfather clock—essential for every design and decor collection
Architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh is renowned for his architectural achievements on a public and domestic scale and his interior and furniture design portfolios. This book aims to review his work in context, and consider how his ideas can be interpreted. His handling of color, use of materials, and graphic approach to form are explored, and photographs show original designs and plans. Inspired by nature, fired by the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, and rooted in the vernacular traditions of his native Scotland, Mackintosh's genius was to forge an entirely new style for a new age. Radical but intensely personal, his architecture, interiors, and furnishings retain all their essential vigor nearly a century after they were first conceived. This compelling study considers Mackintosh's sensitive handling of color, robust use of materials, and graphic approach to form. The abundance of photographs of original schemes still in existence provide direct inspiration. His items of furniture are icons of early modern design and suppliers are listed for those currently in production.
This is the first book to feature the furniture and interior design of this hugely successful British designer (1869-1944), best known for his architecture and collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll in garden design. The specially commissioned photographs offer a wealth of ideas for reinterpreting Lutyens's (pronounced LUTCH-ens) style in today's homes.
A reissue of a superbly illustrated book tracing Sir Edwin Lutyens's formidable achievements of both grand public buildings and his many beautiful country houses
Through his architecture of New Delhi, Lutyens had the unofficial status of Britain's "architect laureate," but it is in his wonderful country houses that his creative genius can most fully be appreciated. Elizabeth Wilhide traces the development of the Lutyens style and illustrates his remarkable blend of function and artistry, from the imposing granite of Castle Drogo and Lindisfarne to the restful appeal of Munstead Wood, which he designed for his long-term collaborator and friend, Gertrude Jekyll. Wilhide also devotes a large section of the book to Lutyens's wonderful interiors. With commissioned photographs showing interiors and gardens, as well as original designs for furniture, this elegant monograph provides a fresh insight into a rich and enduring heritage of design.
About the Author
Elizabeth Wilhide was born in the United States and has lived in England since the l960s. She is a leading expert on interior design and has written numerous books on the subject, including Eco, Lighting: A Design Source Book, Small Spaces, and The Ultimate House Book. Candia Lutyens is Sir Edwin Lutyens's granddaughter.
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