New Classic Styleby Better Homes & Gardens, Vicki Ingham (Editor)
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.
- Meredith Books
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