Casa Adobe

Casa Adobe

by Karen Witynski, Joe P. Carr
     
 

Adobe is an old tradition with a new future. 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

Overview

Adobe is an old tradition with a new future. 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.

From rugged thick-walled haciendas in Mexico to a Texas for-turned-luxury ranch and a Cuernavaca spa retreat, the seductions of adobe dwellings are many—sculptural walls with contoured corners and softly flowing lines; fireplaces that replace traditional corners with warmth and grace; carved nichos for displaying artworks; ceilings of hearty exposed vigas; earthen floors hand-troweled to a smooth finish; hand-carved Mexican doors; gleaming Saltillo tiles; stone-paved courtyards; stepped walls that hide reflecting pools; and breezy portales that welcome the outdoors. Adobe's capacity to incorporate nature almost seamlessly is a prominent feature of its design, as evidenced in a Santa Fe home through which an acequia, or irrigation stream escorts visitors through it front entrance gallery.

In vivid detail, Carr and Witynski's stunning photographs reveal the textures of both traditional and modern homes and the unique marriages between adobe's ancient simplicity and homeowner's 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.

Heralding the revival of adobe and celebrating its rugged romantic design aesthetic, Casa Adobe traces the roots and reaches of earthen buildings in their many architectural forms, including rammed-earth homes. An extensive resource and travel guide completes the authors' visual journey and invites readers to discover home furnishing sources, haciendas, dude ranches, spas, and hotels that embrace the spirit, design, and huge details of the adobe lifestyle.

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.

Meet the Author

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.

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