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Better Homes and Gardens New Classic Style: Mixing Modern and Traditional for a Fresh New Look (2003)by BH&G
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Modern furniture, with its clean lines and pure shapes, has its own cachet. Dating from the 1920s to the mid-1960s, it represents several stages and sources of development: Marcel Breuer, who created tubular steel for chairs, tables, stools, and sofas in the 1920s; Gilbert Rhode and Russel Wright, who designed maple and birch furniture with sweeping, aerodynamic lines for Heywood-Wakefield in the 1930s; Bruno Mathsson and Alvar Aalto, who used blond birch plywood and heat-molding techniques to produce graceful furniture in the late 1930s; and architects and industrial designers who made goods with molded plastics, laminates, aluminum, and stainless-steel after World War II. By profiling the interiors of 14 homeowners, New Classic Style shows how to mix these pieces with traditional furnishings. Strategies include combining shapes to achieve harmony, using color to unify diverse furnishings, and contrasting the old and new. The results are dramatic, exciting, and comfortable. The book also explains key furniture shapes and important figures from each period in design history.
Promotes the freedom to mix modern and traditional furnishings and accessories to create a current, comfortable, personal style.
Uses 14 whole-house tours to illustrate modern mixes.
Provides background on modern style to help readers recognize good pieces and how to use them effectively.
More than 500 photos and 30 illustrations.
Modern, the style of the late 1920s to the early 1960s, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity as people find comfort in pieces from the past. This book shows readers how to blend modern with other periods and styles to create a look that's current, comfortable, and personal.
Whole-house tours illustrate modern mixes:
Special features make it easy to recognize good pieces and use them effectively
Illustrated primer of modern and traditional shapes:
It's the handbook on picking from the past to create the look of the future:
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