"Classic Style" is a glorious celebration of the profound effect of Greek and Roman art and architecture on subsequent centuries and civilizations throughout the world. Studied and evoked by great architects and designers, from Palladio in sixteenth-century Italy to Michael Graves in twentieth-century America, its effect on architecture and interior design is uniquely enduring and pervasive.
Magnificent specially commissioned photographs capture the elegance of beautifully restored period interiors as well as imaginative and tasteful modern adaptations in homes throughout Europe and America. Extraordinary examples of classic style embodied in a house along the Hudson River, a Normandy châ teau, and apartments in Paris, New York and London rival each other for beauty and splendor. Featuring the work of such leading architects and interior designers as Michael Graves, Fré dé ric Mé chiche, and Sills and Huniford, "Classic Style" offers a multitude of inspiring ideas in color and fabrics wall and window treatments, moldings and woodwork, furniture arrangement, accessories and ornamentation -- even fireplaces and stairs. The informative and carefully researched text reveals the importance of details and the key elements of the style -- from features like columns to motifs such as wreaths and palmettes -- and explains how readers can incorporate them in their own homes.
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The rich vocabulary of classical architecture and design has endured for centuries. The appealing symmetry, strong proportions, diverse decorative motifs, and cool elegance are just as appropriate today as they have been through the style's many reincarnations. Ancient Greece and Rome set the stage; the Renaissance revived the look, both in the integrity of its original forms and then in the flamboyance of baroque and rococo; the 18th century rediscovered it and followed it through the numerous permutations of neoclassicism (Empire, Regency, Greek Revival, Biedermeier); and postmodernism co-opted its ornamentation and imagery to breathe life into stark modernist interiors. The style's stealthy opulence and quiet grandeur are perfectly captured in the exquisite photographs and articulate text of this superb volume. Antiques and interiors expert Judith Miller encapsulates the essence of each of the style's versions, then provides concise verbal sketches of every element: exteriors; interior details like doors, fireplaces, and floors; decorative features such as wallpaper, furnishings, and collections; and room-by-room analyses of various classical features, along with six case studies of spectacular homes that exemplify the style, including the residences of Michael Graves and Bill Blass. The photos capture a wonderful array of authentic period rooms and classically inspired contemporary ones. From color, fabric, and furniture choices to ornamental accents like columns and moldings to fully integrated rooms, there is a plethora of terrific ideas here to help bring this graceful style into one's own home. --Amy HandyAbout the Author:
Judith Miller is the cofounder of the hugely successful annual publication Miller's International Antiques Price Guide. She has developed her broad knowledge of interiors through her expertise in antiques, through the restoration of several period houses and through photographic trips to both period and modern homes worldwide. She is the coauthor of Period Style, Period Details, Period Finishes and Effects, International Country and Victorian Style, and the author of Period Fireplaces, Period Kitchens, Judith Miller's Guide to Period-Style Curtains and Soft Furnishings, The Style Sourcebook and Country Finishes and Effects.
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