Old World Interiors: A Modern Interpretation

Overview

The continuing popularity of Old World style is about more than just antiques and urophilia. What makes this aesthetic so appealing is its underlying spirit of fine craftsmanship, dedicated artistry, and high-quality materials. European antiques are wonderful not merely because they are old and beautiful but because they represent a time when artisans were committed to rendering even the most tilitarian of objects as works of art.

In today's modern world, much of this quality is...

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Overview

The continuing popularity of Old World style is about more than just antiques and urophilia. What makes this aesthetic so appealing is its underlying spirit of fine craftsmanship, dedicated artistry, and high-quality materials. European antiques are wonderful not merely because they are old and beautiful but because they represent a time when artisans were committed to rendering even the most tilitarian of objects as works of art.

In today's modern world, much of this quality is sacrificed in favor of affordability and availability. Interior designer David Naylor honors the same spirit that inspired the artisans of long ago by commissioning custom creations from modern craftspeople who bring a high level of devotion to their work-woodworkers, furniture makers, stoneworkers, and tile artists. With the help of their talents, he is able to design furnishings and architectural elements that capture the warm, traditional ambience of stately European homes or rustic country retreats while introducing contemporary sensibilities. He uses the same time-honored materials that the workers of old employed-wood, stone, tile, and glass-and incorporates many of the features that characterized their work: arches, columns, intricate floor designs, and beamed ceilings. These are enhanced by carved wooden insets, painted panels, distinctive doors, and furniture that is perfectly scaled to a room's proportions.

Whether inspired by a Tuscan villa or a Spanish Colonial hacienda, Naylor builds on the essence of the style to create something new rather than merely reproduce the old.

In this way, he constructs a tradition that is uniquely the homeowner's, one that reflects today while becoming tomorrow's heirloom.

DAVID NAYLOR Trained as a painter and visual artist, Naylor turns to furniture and interior design to feature pieces that he incorporates into his design commissions. He is owner of the interior design firm and showroom Visions Design Group in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he also lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Orlando Sentinel
Old meets new. It doesn't have to be one or the other. You can have a home that blends both old and new décor. Old World Interiors: A Modern Interpretation by David Naylor showcases homes that incorporate the aesthetics of the Old World with contemporary style. The book shows readers how to create something new by combining classic Old-World features such as arches and columns with the characteristics of modern homes."
Metro new York
In the new book Old World New Design A Modern Interpretation, designer David Naylor shows how to use materials old and new to create what he calls 'infusion design' or how to use the ideas of the Old World without forgetting about the present."
Orlando Sentinel
"Old meets new. It doesn't have to be one or the other. You can have a home that blends both old and new décor. Old World Interiors: A Modern Interpretation by David Naylor showcases homes that incorporate the aesthetics of the Old World with contemporary style. The book shows readers how to create something new by combining classic Old-World features such as arches and columns with the characteristics of modern homes."
Metro new York
"In the new book Old World New Design A Modern Interpretation, designer David Naylor shows how to use materials old and new to create what he calls 'infusion design' or how to use the ideas of the Old World without forgetting about the present."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423601166
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,391,816
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Trained as a painter and visual artist, David Naylor turned to furniture and interior design and has opened his own workrooms and showroom to feature pieces that he incorporates into his design commissions. He has studied at Philadelphia College of Art and later the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His design studio, Visions Design Group, is located in Santa Fe, NM.,

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The early eighties found me in New York, where I worked at a series of different jobs, each of which taught me valuable lessons and laid a foundation for my life and career. As an artist's assistant, I witnessed the creative process that brings an artist's vision to life; from waiting tables, I learned to deal with a variety of personalities.

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Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction 14

Old World, New World 18

Luxe Americana 64

Contemporary Comfort 116

Mixing It Up 132

Acknowledgments 184

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