Casa Adobe

Casa Adobe

by Karen Witynski, Joe P. Carr
     
 

In their third book, authors/designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr forage through the mountains of Mexico and the deserts of the American Southwest in celebration of the strength and wonder of adobe design style. From its humble beginnings to its present-day renaissance, Casa Adobe unearths the homes, haciendas, and holiday getaways that have blended handcrafted

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In their third book, authors/designers Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr forage through the mountains of Mexico and the deserts of the American Southwest in celebration of the strength and wonder of adobe design style. From its humble beginnings to its present-day renaissance, Casa Adobe unearths the homes, haciendas, and holiday getaways that have blended handcrafted details, natural materials, and cross-cultural furnishings to express the elegant simplicity of adobe living.

Stunning photographs reveal the textures of both traditional and modern homes and the unique marriages between adobe's ancient simplicity and homeowners' eclectic global treasures. The interior design elements-hand-wrought iron chandeliers, punched tin and copper sconces, painted Mexican-country furniture, early American antiques, Navajo textiles, African folk art, contemporary paintings, New Mexican retablos and Pueblo pottery-are at happy communion inside the comfortable surrounds of adobe.

Award-winning authors of The New Hacienda and Mexican Country Style Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr were awarded the spring 2000 Pluma de Plata (Silver Pen) from Mexico's Ministry of Tourism. They have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as designers, importers, and antique dealers.

Based in Austin, Texas, Witynski and Carr are the owners of Texture Antiques, a gallery specializing in Mexican furniture, architectural elements, contemporary art, and accents.

Individually, Witynski writes on home and garden design for national publications, including This Old House magazine, and Carr designs furniture from recycled Mexican wood.

Together, they divide their time between their Austin, Texas home and the Yucatan Hacienda.

Please visit the author's website for more information on this wonderful book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586850319
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/11/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction

With an enduring presence spanning four thousand years, the ongoing evolution of adobe integrates old and new architectural styles as gracefully as it melds indoors with out. Calle pise de terre, or rammed earth, in France, tapial in South America, "cob" in northern Europe, adobe throughout Africe, the Middle East, and the American Southwest, every region of the globe has used variations of earthen architecture to construct its homes and public buildings. Though stereotypically associated with arid desert climates and primitive living, adobe building has risen above its once limited topographic and socioeconomic boundaries.

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