The New Hacienda

The New Hacienda

by Karen Witynski, Joe P. Carr
     
 

Travel behind the scenes with authors as they open doors to Mexico's remote county estates to reveal innovative interiors, artifacts and antiques that echo architectural splendor. 140 full-color photos.  See more details below

Overview

Travel behind the scenes with authors as they open doors to Mexico's remote county estates to reveal innovative interiors, artifacts and antiques that echo architectural splendor. 140 full-color photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879059095
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.00(d)

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Introduction

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.

Meet the Author

Award-winning authors Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr have been at the forefront of the Mexican design movement for over twenty-five years as interior designers and antiques dealers. Their Mexican design book series includes six titles: Mexican Country Style, The New Hacienda, Casa Adobe, Adobe Details, Casa Yucatán, and Mexican Details.

Based in Austin, Texas, Carr and Witynski are the owners of Texture Antiques, an interior design firm and gallery specializing in hacienda style, Mexican colonial furniture, and architectural elements. Their design work has been featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. Individually, Witynski photographs homes and gardens for national publications and Carr is a hacienda consultant and furniture designer.

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