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In the Arts and Crafts Styleby Barbara Mayer
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Arts and Crafts design, characterized by clean, graceful lines and solid workmanship with quality materials, has experienced an explosion of popularity over the past decade with museums, collectors, and the general public. William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Frank Lloyd Wright are among some of the most well-known designers who produced furniture and architecture in the Arts and Crafts style, while many others produced ceramics, glass, textiles, wallpaper, and silverware in the same vein. A comprehensive survey of one of America's most enduring and popular interior design styles, reflecting both traditional and contemporary interpretations, this lavishly illustrated and informative volume begins with a discussion of the origins of the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the century and traces its evolution to the present day. Over 140 glorious, full-color photographs showcase the special beauty of this simple, graceful style and depict the hallmarks of its designimpeccable construction and proportions, the use of enduring woods, exquisite finishes, handwrought hardware, and other unique touchesin every object pictured, all in the context of contemporary homes. From a New York estate filled with rare Roycraft pieces to a Beverly Hills mansion furnished in Mission oak, the book not only provides a rare glimpse into the collector's world but offers a visual blueprint for incorporating this engaging style into any household, a source index explains how to identify original pieces and directs the consumer to places where both authentic and reproduction Arts and Crafts furniture and objects can be obtained. An invaluable and inspirational reference for decorators and collectors at all levels, In the Arts and Crafts Style combines splendid photography and an enlightening text into a treasured, one-of-a-kind volume as classic and timeless as the style to which it pays tribute.
Book News Annotation:
Since its birth at the turn of the century, the Arts and Crafts style--an aesthetic that encompasses furniture, fabrics, tiles, lighting fixtures, and pottery--has innovated home design. Each chapter of this lovely volume (illustrated with some 150 color photos by Rob Gray) examines a different facet of this aesthetic, beginning with its European origins and proceeding to American classics, including California's Mission style. Includes a source listing of dealers, auctioneers, and artisans associated with the style. 91/2x111/4".
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With over 100,000 copies sold, In the Arts and Crafts Style is a design-bookshelf classic. Now available in paperback, this accessible and informative volume traces the movement's historical origins and evolution, with special emphasis on major designers, such as William Morris and Gustav Stickley, and their signature pieces. Descriptions of Arts and Crafts elements, from furniture to fabrics to decorative objects, give an overview of the style and illuminate its continuing influence. Plus, case studies showcase later, related styles, such as California Mission and Farmhouse Craftsman. Warm, detailed photography and engaging text make this volume a must for antiques collectors, decorators, and Arts and Crafts enthusiasts.
The Arts and Crafts movement has never gone out of fashion in America. Since its birth at the turn of the century, the Arts and Crafts style, with its uncompromising workmanship and simple elegance, has innovated home design. Today, the genre is experiencing a dramatic renaissance, and its admirers are bringing the timeless beauty of the style into their homes with renewed enthusiasm. In the Arts & Crafts Style illustrates this exciting movement, taking the reader on a compelling and inspirational visual journey. Each chapter of this book examines a different facet of this aesthetic, beginning with its European origins and proceeding to American classics, including California's Mission style. The book highlights the work of such influential designers as Gustav Stickley, L & J.G. Stickley, Charles Voysey, Greene & Greene, George Ohr, Tiffany, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles Rohlfs, among others, and features Arts and Crafts standards, such as the Morris chair, the Stickley settle, the Tiffany lamp, and the Fulper bowl, all displayed in a variety of contemporary interiors. The book concludes with an extensive source listing of dealers, auctioneers, and contemporary cabinetmakers and artisans that carry or produce furnishings in the Arts and Crafts style. With radiant, original photography and engaging text, In the Arts & Crafts Style reveals a world that has remained unexplored until now: the actual homes of enthusiasts who live with this enduring beauty every day.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-210) and index.
About the Author
Barbara Mayer who is a writer specializing in design and decorative arts topics, has been the home furnishings writer for the Associated Press for 12 years. The author of two other books on craft art and interior design, her magazine credits include Elle D
Rob Gray is a professional photographer currently based in Manhattan whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, including HG, House Beautiful, Vogue, and Metropolitan Home, as well as in several books.
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