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Travel behind the scenes with authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr as they open the doors to Mexico's remote country estates and reveal innovative interiors, artifacts, and antiques that echo the hacienda's original architectural splendor. Inside, ancient stone walls and arcaded portals are at home with modern art and colonial antiques. Cobbled courtyards and grand salons come alive with a spirited mix of once-forgotten objects and contemporary furniture.
Originally dedicated to coffee, sugar, mescal, henequen, and wheat production, Old World haciendas have been transformed into myriad new roles--as country homes for artists, filmmakers, equestrians, and business entrepreneurs as well as eco-conscious resorts, art centers, riding schools, restaurants, and twenty-first-century workspaces.
The hacienda lives on in the familiar use of natural materials and in the pared-down beauty of its interiors. Designers and architects have found inspiration in the visual culture of the hacienda and have integrated Mexican elements into new homes on both sides of the border. The New Hacienda offers a rich entrance to the world of Mexico's country estates and their influence on contemporary design.
Hidden in idyllic isolation, the haciendas of old Mexico have deteriorated in a photogenic wya. Walls exposed to centuries of weather and wear have faded from crimson to pink, revealing as many textures as a Julian Shnabel painting. Grand-scale interiors--once overgrown with towering trees and crumbling floral frescoes--now invite contemporary furniture to contrast with their original stone walls; a maze of ancient aqueducts are newly configured to become garden waterfalls; and casa de maquinas, or machine houses, have been restored as artists' homes and sculptural backdrops to sparkling new pools.
The rich imagery of the hacienda and its newly restored forms were the inspiration for this volume. Our first book, Mexican Country Style, unveiled country antiques and architectural elements in their original contexts, as well as their newfound roles in contemporary interiors. Our continued fascination with Mexico's artful traditions has led us on a twenty-year journey throughout Mexico's rural landscape.
Furnishings and Accents
The Hacienda Influence