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Romance of the Mission

Baca, Elmo

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ISBN 10: 0879057408 / ISBN 13: 9780879057404
Published by Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., 1996
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Romance of the Mission

Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith, Inc.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Describes the Mission style of architecture and interior design, based on models originating in California and the Southwest, and provides information on reproductions of Mission furniture

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No other American decorating or architectural style can claim as long or as rich a tradition as the Mission style. The first expressions of Spanish Mission architecture in New Mexico were painstakingly crafted in the 1600s under impossible conditions by Pueblo Indians with the design, engineering, and supervision of Franciscan friars.

The Mission style has been woven into the tapestry of American design ever since its humble beginnings and is currently experiencing renewed interest. It is a style especially suited to the 1990s. After the 1980s, decade of excess and glamour, many Americans are seeking the basics of sturdy, quality housing; refined design; and comfortable, durable home furnishings. The Mission style embodies these qualities and also fulfills another intangible longing for tradition and romance.

Because the Mission Revival styel flourished in the late 1800s and coincided with the Arts & Crafts movement, the two style are often confused. They are both styles that embrace simple and pure design, natural materials, and honest craftsmanship. The ideals and aesthetic of the Craftsman movement complemented the Mission tradition as it was being reinterpreted by architects, writers, and designers in the West. Still, western designers produced distinctive furniture, which incorporates oriental and Spanish elements, and it evolves with each passing decade.

The result is an exciting new school of Mission design that includes the talents of Berkeley Mills Studio, Arroyo Design, Randolph Laug, Jesse L. Nausbaum, Warren Hile Studio, Chaparral Studio, and many more. In this groundbreaking book, Elmo Baca updates and redefines Mission style, marrying tradition with the latest innovations of the nineties.

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