From the Land

Author: Daniel Platt Gregory
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847840779
Format: PDF, ePub
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Elegant rusticity meets unpretentious luxury in the work of this award-winning architecture firm. Howard Backen, award-winning principal of the architecture firm Backen Gillam Kroeger, is at the center of a popular movement in home design that emphasizes comfort over pretension and elegant simplicity over complication that tends to serve the ego of architects. This volume, the first on his work and that of the firm, is an artful exploration of that this aesthetic, featuring farmhouses in the Napa Valley, hilltop homes, seaside retreats, and lakeside hideaways. Throughout the work, a sense of intimacy, warmth, and informality pervades. Natural materials, such as wood, stone, and brick form the foundations, walls, and ceilings of these subtly luxurious spaces, while nature itself plays a considered role that is at once complementary and also intricately conjoined with the work. Long vistas open outward toward sun-drenched valleys from the window-lined wall of a bedroom in one home, while more immediate scenes of steeply rising hillsides and hidden lakes appear from just beyond the back stoop--and the rough-hewn-board dock--of another. Sensitive, alluring, and wonderfully resonant with the suggestion of invitation, the work of Backen Gillam Kroeger is both thrilling to the eye and restorative to the soul.

Wine Country

Author: Mary Whitesides
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 9781586854645
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Provides a richly illustrated tour of the homes and lifestyles of nineteen homes throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys, capturing a sophisticated, gracious style of living that reflects the old world styles of Italy, France, and South America in such locales as Villa Pietra, Quintessa Winery, Far Niente Winery, and the Franciscan Oakville Estate, among others. 10,000 first printing.

Tom Kundig Houses

Author: Dung Ngo
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN: 9781568986050
Format: PDF
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The work of Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig has been called both raw and refined, as well as super-crafted and warm. Kundig's projects, especially his houses, uniquely combine these two seemingly disparate sets of characteristics to produce some of the most inventive structures found in the architecture world today. Kundig's internationally acclaimed work is inspired by both the industrial structures with which he grew up in the Pacific Northwest and the vibrant craft cultures that are fostered there. His buildings uniquely meld industrial sensibilities and materials such as Cor-ten steel and concrete with an intuitive understanding of scale. As Kundig states, "The idea is insaperable from the fabrication, inseparable from the materials used." Tom Kundig: Houses presents five projects in depth, from their early conceptual sketches to their final lovingly wrought, intimate details. Kundig's houses reflect a sustained and active collaborative process between designer, craftsmen, and owners, resulting in houses that bring to life the architect's intentions, the materials used, and lines of unforgettable beauty.

Napa Valley Style

Author: Kathryn Masson
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847825707
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California's Napa Valley is as renowned for its extraordinary beauty as it is for being the preeminent region in America for growing and producing world-renowned wines. Although there are many guidebooks, cookbooks, and wine books available on this immensely popular region, there is no book that shows the Napa way of life. Napa Valley Style takes us on a private tour of the houses and magnificent gardens that make 'Napa' synonymous with 'heaven'! This lively trip through the wine country illustrates for the first time, and in lavish color, the extraordinary Victorian mansions, Italianate villas, hillside cottages, converted barns, hand-made houses, wineries, and custom-designed residences, some of which have been designed by today's most renowned architects, such as Michael Graves, Ricardo Legorreta, William Turnbull, and Herzog and de Meuron. A uniquely revealing tour of this extraordinary region, Napa Valley Style is a fascinating, beautifully photographed extravaganza. California's Napa Valley is as renowned for its extraordinary beauty as it is for being the preeminent region in America for growing and producing world-renowned wines. Although there are many guidebooks, cookbooks, and wine books available on this immensely popular region, there is no book that shows the Napa way of life. Napa Valley Style takes us on a private tour of the houses and magnificent gardens that make 'Napa' synonymous with 'heaven'! This lively trip through the wine country illustrates for the first time, and in lavish color, the extraordinary Victorian mansions, Italianate villas, hillside cottages, converted barns, hand-made houses, wineries, and custom-designed residences, some of which have been designed by today's most renowned architects, such as Michael Graves, Ricardo Legorreta, William Turnbull, and Herzog and de Meuron. A uniquely revealing tour of this extraordinary region, Napa Valley Style is a fascinating, beautifully photographed extravaganza.

House Home Heart

Author: Bernard M. Wharton
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780983388906
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This 300-page book showcases the impressive work of architectural firm Shope Reno Wharton and is comprised of both complete site and floor plans, new photography of five of their latest projects, and a detailed chapter on their design process.

The Architecture of Delano Aldrich

Author: Peter Pennoyer
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393730876
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The firm of Delano & Aldrich occupied a central place in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century, substantially shaping the architectural climate of the period.

Ranches of the American West

Author: Linda Leigh Paul
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN:
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A look at American ranches, from century-old working ranches to rugged new compounds designed for life in the West.

California Country Style

Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811851817
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More than two hundred color photographs highlight an in-depth look at a vast array of fabulous California houses, from a country hacienda to a winery that marries French furnishings with American vintages, showing the varied architectures, decors, and styles of these designer showcases. 12,500 first printing.

Ike Kligerman Barkley

Author: Ike Kligerman Barkley (Firm)
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781580932691
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John Ike, Thomas Kligerman, and Joel Barkley speak architectural languages of the past with a sure command of grammar and syntax and a rich vocabulary of form and detail. As designers they build upon what went before to extend the trajectory of architecture. --Robert A. M. Stern The signature residential works of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects bring together historic precedent and contemporary taste with a considered approach to detail, material, and craft. Based in New York and San Francisco, the firm incorporates elements from the great eras and the great practitioners of architecture: the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Deco, Modernism, Colonial Revival, Shingle Style; Sir Edwin Lutyens, Harrie T. Lindeberg, George Howe, Bernard Maybeck, and McKim, Mead & White. Yet ever present is a keen awareness of the modern world, notably in an emphasis on natural light and open views and a responsiveness to the unique qualities of a site. The twenty-one houses and apartments in this lavishly illustrated volume, the first published on Ike Kligerman Barkley, represent the remarkable breadth of the practice. A cottage in Michigan reveals a comprehensive investigation of craft traditions, while a Hawaiian beach retreat explores the vernacular Polynesian long-house. A sleek Manhattan loft evokes the industrial history of its neighborhood, while an oceanfront villa recalls Carlo Scarpa's interweaving of past and present. Unusual, even unlikely combinations--an English-influenced Shingle Style house the firm terms "Shinglish," a Virginia horse farm that draws equally on classical formality and easy rusticity--embody the firm's sophisticated balance between historic model and modern refinement. Just as novelists and filmmakers gravitate toward genres that suit the themes they choose to explore, we look for the historic style that represents the best vehicle for the architectural story we wish to tell. --Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects

Houses of the Sundown Sea

Author: Lisa Germany
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9781419700491
Format: PDF, Mobi
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For more than 60 years, passersby have strained to catch a glimpse of maverick architect Harry Gesner’s houses in Southern California. This is the first book to examine Gesner’s architecture, tracing his career from 1945 to the present and opening the doors to 15 of Gesner’s intriguing homes, all located in or near Los Angeles and built in the 1950s and 1960s. An insightful and revealing text accompanies new photography by Juergen Nogai along with historical photographs and Gesner’s own drawings, floor plans, and blueprints drawn from his remarkably rich archive. Gesner’s utterly unique, often eccentric and unorthodox designs are outside the canons of doctrinaire modernism, yet he is undoubtedly a Modernist, and one whose romantic, quixotic nature has caused his truly extraordinary body of work to be overlooked by many—until now. Praise for Houses of the Sundown Sea: “Harry Gesner’s life story is so exciting that a new monograph on his work reads like a John Buchan tale, or the next Laura Hillenbrand project, instead of the usual jargon-infested coffee-table book about a venerable architect.” —New York Times "As soon as design junkies get a glimpse of Gesner's soaring creations, they're sure to be wild about Harry." —Los Angeles Times Magazine “The stories about [Gesner] life’s adventures are almost as glorious as the nature-inspired homes he builds, and both are detailed in an about-to-be released coffee table book” —The Huffington Post "A compelling mix of prose and photos" —Los Angeles magazine