The New Adobe Home

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Michael Byrne and Dottie Larson photography by Amy Haskell
Michael G. Byrne and Dottie Larson photography by Amy Haskell

The New Adobe Home presents the sophisticated, unusual use of adobe through a variety of exceptionally elegant homes in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Once considered a simple, utilitarian material suitable for only humble dwellings, adobe has the ...

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Overview

t h e n e w a d o b e h o m e
Michael Byrne and Dottie Larson photography by Amy Haskell
Michael G. Byrne and Dottie Larson photography by Amy Haskell

The New Adobe Home presents the sophisticated, unusual use of adobe through a variety of exceptionally elegant homes in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Once considered a simple, utilitarian material suitable for only humble dwellings, adobe has the potential to be much more: it can be easily shaped into dramatic architectural features such as archways, niches, and fireplaces, and its natural color and texture can serve as a backdrop for sumptuous furnishings and art. Here, the notion of the "new adobe home" comprises a combination of furnishings, art, and interior and exterior spaces with adobe construction, adobe style, or detailing. Throughout the book are wonderful examples of sophisticated adobe or adobe-style homes, including a centuries-old renovated hacienda, once the home of a past president of Mexico; a mid-century Cliff May masterpiece; a luxurious estate that pairs Southwestern style with
Asian influences; a contemporary dwelling that sits like a sculpture in the Sonoran Desert; and many others. Stunning photographs of each home are accompanied by an exploration of what makes the home special, unique, and worthy of the term "the new adobe home."

With a love of adobe buildings and design in general, Michael Byrne designed an adobe home for Dottie Larson and himself, creating a wonderful backdrop for her art as well as for other artists. Byrne graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in architecture, and from the University of Arizona with a master's in city planning. He is a principal with the WLB Group, Inc., a Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Las Vegas, Nevada, firm offering planning, landscape architecture, and engineering services. Dottie Larson earned a B.S. in psychology, University of Dayton, and completed an art major at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her love of interior spaces and art has driven her to launch a new career in interior design with her own consulting business after almost thirty years as graphic design and graphic standards director at the University of Arizona, where she art-directed and designed publications, including award-winning posters, museum catalogues, and banners. Along with interior design, Larson is an artist and paints non-objective art, acrylic on canvas, large format.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHE R Amy Haskell dreamed of becoming a designer, but it was not until college that her focus changed from design to photography. Now she has been able to marry her two passions in a career of architectural photography. A long-time adobe devotee, Haskell lives in a seventy-five-year-old adobe home with her husband, Jim, and her dog, Elvis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423602736
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 697,313
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Byrne graduated from The University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Architecture, and from the University of Arizona with a Master's in City Planning.

Dottie Larson completed an art degree at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

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What Is the New Adobe Home?

The new adobe home is defined by a feeling or emotion created by a stunning composition of architecture, art, furnishings, space, gardens, history, and a sense of place-it reflects serenity, elegance, stateliness, and appropriateness. This quality very much embodies lifestyle and attention to detail and balance, generating a "wow" factor that can be the blending of many different ingredients.

While many beautiful new homes are being built with historic references and details, technical advances in adobe making and structural possibilities allow dramatic creations with openness and light. Contemporary ideas in collecting, presentations, and interior design can transform humble, historic adobe structures into sophisticated homes that pay homage to the past while charting new, exciting directions.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction xi

Villa del Alma 1

Casa Hermosa 9

East Meets West 13

Territorial Treasure 19

Pueblo Glamour 25

A Work of Art 29

The Erskine Caldwell House 37

Pure Elegance 41

A Faceted Gem 47

Déjà vu 55

Music of the Architecture 59

La Quinta 63

A Modern Hacienda 69

Urban Adobe 77

Desert Contemporary 83

Understated Elegance 89

A Truly Blessed Historic Adobe 97

Adobe Celebration 101

Anasazi Inspired 107

Alvarado Adobe 115

Santa Margarita y Las Flores 121

Casa Bonita 127

Santa Fe Palazzo 133

Design Resources 140

Bibliography 143

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