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Classic Style

Classic Style

by Judith Miller, Tim Clinch
     
 

Classic Style is a glorious celebration of the profound effect of Greek and Roman art and architecture on subsequent centuries and civilizations throughout the world. Studied and evoked by great architects and designers, from Palladio in sixteenth-century Italy to Michael Graves in twentieth-century America, its effect on architecture and interior design is

Overview

Classic Style is a glorious celebration of the profound effect of Greek and Roman art and architecture on subsequent centuries and civilizations throughout the world. Studied and evoked by great architects and designers, from Palladio in sixteenth-century Italy to Michael Graves in twentieth-century America, its effect on architecture and interior design is uniquely enduring and pervasive.

Magnificent specially commissioned photographs capture the elegance of beautifully restored period interiors as well as imaginative and tasteful modern adaptations in homes throughout Europe and America. Extraordinary examples of classic style embodied in a house along the Hudson River, a Normandy château, and apartments in Paris, New York and London rival each other for beauty and splendor. Featuring the work of such leading architects and interior designers as Michael Graves, Frédéric Méchiche, and Sills and Huniford, Classic Style offers a multitude of inspiring ideas in color and fabrics, wall and window treatments, moldings and woodwork, furniture arrangement, accessories and ornamentation -- even fireplaces and stairs. The informative and carefully researched text reveals the importance of details and the key elements of the style -- from features like columns to motifs such as wreaths and palmettes -- and explains how readers can incorporate them in their own homes.

Whether your taste is for modern elegance or imposing period grandeur, this inspiring and instructive book, with an international directory of suppliers, designers, architects, museums, and stately homes, will help you recognize, applaud, and utilize these ageless elements of style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684849973
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.74(d)

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Interior Details: Fireplaces

After the enclosed wall fireplace superseded the Medieval open hearth at the start of the 16th century, the fireplace, and particularly the mantelpiece, became the dominant architectural feature and focal point of the Classical room. Except in some Modernist interiors, it has retained that status to this day, largely due to the suitability of its parts to Classical ornamentation.

Notable features included jambs (vertical sides) in the form of columns, pilasters, caryatids, and herms (male deities); marble or tiled slips (the strips that are set into the fireplace); friezes embellished with medallions, rosettes, scrolling foliage, urns, lyres, swags, cameos, or mythological scenes; mantelshelves edged with Classical moldings; and overmantels that incorporate mirror glass or paintings.

The most prestigious mantelpieces were carved from white statuary or colorfully veined marble, or porphyry (a variegated stone); sandstone, limestone, slate, granite, plaster, scagliola (imitation marble), hardwoods, cast iron, copper, and steel were also used. From the 17th century, mantelpieces that were made from pine, painted to resemble marble or finely figured hardwoods, were less costly alternatives.

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Text copyright © 1998 by Vista 2000

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