The Beautiful Necessity

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Though the functional beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement has long been a part of American culture, it is now revitalized by simplicity seekers trying to counteract the fast pace of contemporary living. The elegant simplicity of Craftsman ideals is time defying, as the rooms and furnishings of The Beautiful Necessity: Decorting With Arts and Crafts will reveal.

From the traditional—Greene and Greene, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others—to the contemporary—Berkely ...

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Overview

Though the functional beauty of the Arts and Crafts movement has long been a part of American culture, it is now revitalized by simplicity seekers trying to counteract the fast pace of contemporary living. The elegant simplicity of Craftsman ideals is time defying, as the rooms and furnishings of The Beautiful Necessity: Decorting With Arts and Crafts will reveal.

From the traditional—Greene and Greene, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, and others—to the contemporary—Berkely Mills, Warren Hiles, East/West Furniture Design, and more—the Arts and Crafts movement is represented. All 140 exquisite photographs demonstrate how the Craftsman style has brought stunning warmth yet utilitarian ease to homes past and present.

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San Francisco Chronicle
The book is filled with lavish color photographs and discusses how the Arts & Crafts movement came into being, how it was expressed in various regions of the country, and how current devotees can re-create its interior features.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586854317
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Smith lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Smith was the editor of American Bungalow News and associate editor of American Bungalow magazine. Smith co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkeley, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Yoshiko Yamamoto, lover of history and historical writing, write on the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalows, craft, and food. Yamamoto is both a student of life and of history. Yamamoto co-owns The Arts and Crafts Press in Berkely, California, publishers of The Tabby: A Chronicle of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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Home space. It is the space where people dance, sit, read, sleep, share meals with family and friends, laugh, feel secure, face the world. The idea of space changed drastically with houses built under the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement. Interior opened up, floor plans become more asymmetrical, the uses of space became more flexible, small spaces assumed new meanings, life within the house flowed more freely, and there was a strong bonding made between space withing the home and with the natural world outside.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introdution

Chapter One: Space

Chapter Two: The East Coast

Chapter Three: Surface

Chapter Four: Light

Chapter Five: The Midwest

Chapter Six: Function

Chapter Seven: The Machine and the Amateur

Chapter Eight: Community

Chapter Nine: The West

Chapter Ten: Allusions

Resource List

Photo Credits

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