New Classic Style

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Embracing the idea that well-designed objects work together, New Classic Style shows you how to mix the best of traditional and modern furnishings to create a fresh, uniquely personal look. Whether it's a molded plywood chair, a Heywood-Wakefield desk, or a steel-frame leather chaise, introducing a modern piece or two into a room of mostly traditional furniture is like taking a deep breath -- the clean lines and pure shapes relax the space and lighten the room. In a mostly modern room, on the other hand, adding a...
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Overview

Embracing the idea that well-designed objects work together, New Classic Style shows you how to mix the best of traditional and modern furnishings to create a fresh, uniquely personal look. Whether it's a molded plywood chair, a Heywood-Wakefield desk, or a steel-frame leather chaise, introducing a modern piece or two into a room of mostly traditional furniture is like taking a deep breath -- the clean lines and pure shapes relax the space and lighten the room. In a mostly modern room, on the other hand, adding a weathered pine table or a plain Shaker cupboard is like slipping into your favorite jeans -- the worn, comforting textures balance those of aluminum, steel, and glass while meeting the modernist demand for honest materials, straightforward shapes, and efficient practicality. New Classic Style shows you how to achieve a successful mix: how to combine shapes to create harmony, how to use color to unify furnishings from different periods and styles, and how to use the contrast between old and new to create drama, excitement, and fun in your rooms -- all without sacrificing creature comforts.

Tour 14 homes to see how interior designers, architects, and collectors around the country achieve their own personal mix. In the Manhattan loft of interior designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, a quiet, monochromatic palette focuses attention on the shapes of furnishings and accessories. In Florida, a couple combines 18th-century antiques, 20th-century pieces, and contemporary art to create a serenely satisfying and comfortable blend. Young families in San Francisco and Dallas mix modern icons with affordable new pieces to create refreshing spaces for living. In Maine, contemporary textiles by Angela Adams bring a playful spirit to a 19th-century Victorian house. Architecture contributes to the mix too: Contrasting the furnishings with their architectural setting produces excitement while matching them yields quiet harmony. To help you create your own mixes, turn to "Guide to Classic Shapes." Here you'll find some of the key furniture shapes from each period in design history -- with dates, descriptions, and designers listed -- along with tips for putting pieces together. For a brief overview of some of the most important figures in design, read the section "Who's Who in Furniture Design."

For nearly 80 years, Better Homes and Gardens magazine has been providing readers with the information, inspiration, and confidence to decorate their homes stylishly and comfortably. Modern furnishings appeared in the magazine's pages in the early 1930s. Over the next six decades, the magazine's editors showcased modern as well as traditional interiors and urged readers to craft their own personal mix. New Classic Style encourages you to enjoy the unprecedented freedom you have to shop across styles and periods and assemble a look that brings together past and present to create a unique sense of home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696214035
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Creating harmony
Joy in the Mix: Antiques and midcentury modern classics join in an equal--and exciting--partnership 10
Composing with Shapes: Color unifies antique and modern styles 22
Object Lessons: Line and form lead the eye on a waltz around the room 36
Creating comfort
Mixing Classics: Modern icons freshen traditional antiques 54
Romantic Modern: Playful lines and welcoming shapes soften modern style 62
Modern Country: American and Scandinavian pieces simplify a seaside cottage 72
Collector's Choice: Contrasting textures, clean lines, and well-edited displays produce clutter-free warmth 84
Color and Pattern: Retro-inspired wall treatments and textiles add spirit to a Victorian townhouse 94
Comfortable Fusion: Midcentury modern meets an Asian-influenced sensibility 110
A Fine Balance: Flea market finds create an eclectic blend that's easy to live with 118
Creating serenity
Future Classics: Neutral colors and warm woods evoke a sublime spirit 136
Becoming Modern: A few key pieces shift a room from traditional to modern 152
High Impact: Statement pieces add drama and elegance to a 1950s ranch-style house 162
Modern Gem: Bold color, natural textures, and spare settings achieve a comfortable minimalism 174
What goes with what
Guide to Classic Shapes: Learn to mix and match with confidence, using this directory of basic shapes in seating, tables, and storage furniture 184
Who's Who in Design: A quick reference to some of the major names in furniture design 200
Who's who 200
Resources 208
Index 214
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