The Architecture of the Classical Interior (The Classical America Series in Art and Architecture)

The Architecture of the Classical Interior (The Classical America Series in Art and Architecture)

by Steven W. Semes
     
 

The principles of classical architecture applied to the design of interiors, both residential and public.
A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior-wall and ceiling treatments, doors and windows, fireplaces, and stairs-can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria. Historic and contemporary

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Overview

The principles of classical architecture applied to the design of interiors, both residential and public.
A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior-wall and ceiling treatments, doors and windows, fireplaces, and stairs-can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria. Historic and contemporary examples illustrate both generic and specific solutions for designers working in the classical tradition today.

Editorial Reviews

New Urban News
“Comprehensive and crystal clear.”
Shelter Interiors
“Author Steven Semes provides a comprehensive study of the architectural conception and treatment of rooms designed in the classical tradition. . . . Semes' hearty text strives to give readers a keen appreciation for the variety of the classical interior. . . . [R]eading The Architecture of the Classical Interior is the armchair equivalent to taking a master class in design.”
New England Antiques Journal
“A practicing architect shows how the elements that constitute the classical interior can be composed into rooms satisfying both aesthetic and practical criteria.”
Period Homes
“Should remain on the shelves of bookstores and personal libraries for as long as the art of gracious living remains. . . . He has gathered together a great deal of widely scattered information and assembled it all into one slender, graceful and elegant volume. The organization of the book is lucid and useful. . . . his book offers a useful index, an extensive bibliography and an equally extensive reading list. . . It was indeed Semes' good fortune to be granted the opportunity to write an unprecedented book on an important subject.”
D.V. Marcantonio - American Arts Quarterly
“[A] seminal book and will most certainly serve as a springboard to even greater vigor in the growth of the knowledge and practice of traditional architecture, both from the standpoint of sheer volume and from the more significant standpoint of quality.”
Period House
“Exploring the rich array of expressions, styles, materials and treatments that have come to define classical interiors, this book reveals an architectural model that is not limited in its artistic possibilities but rather free to assume any numbers of its identities. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular principle of the classical interior exploring themes that have shaped it throughout history. Illustrated with photographs, original drawings and plans of historic interiors, uncovering a rich language unique to classical design.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393730753
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2004
Series:
Classical America Series in Art and Architecture
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,227,786
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Steven W. Semes is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and Academic Director of its Rome Studies Program. A practicing architect for over thirty years, he has designed a wide variety of projects for preservation and new construction throughout the United States. He is also the author of The Architecture of the Classical Interior (Norton) and a contributor to The Elements of Classical Architecture (Norton). His essays and reviews have appeared in the National Trust Forum Journal, Traditional Building, Period Homes, and American Arts Quarterly. He is a Fellow Emeritus of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.

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