Windows of the World

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The "eyes" of a building, windows separate viewer from view, inside from outside, public from private. Windows of the World tours the infinite richness of this basic architectural element, from the simple, square porthole of a stone farmhouse in Brittany to the fine ironwork details of the mashrabiya that screen windows in Morocco to the windows of New York’s Greenwich Village, crisscrossed by a complex, ornate maze of fire escapes.
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Overview

The "eyes" of a building, windows separate viewer from view, inside from outside, public from private. Windows of the World tours the infinite richness of this basic architectural element, from the simple, square porthole of a stone farmhouse in Brittany to the fine ironwork details of the mashrabiya that screen windows in Morocco to the windows of New York’s Greenwich Village, crisscrossed by a complex, ornate maze of fire escapes.
Here are bay, rose, lancet, and half-fan windows, oculi, shutters, and blinds, testimony to the creative genius of architects, artisans, and the inhabitants themselves. Drawing on their extensive travels and years of research conducting site analyses of the chromatic palettes of villages and cities worldwide, Jean-Philippe and Dominique Lenclos show how the diverse proportions, designs, materials, and colors of windows reflect the geography, traditions, and culture of local habitats.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth McMeekin - Glasgow Herald
“[F]ascinating as you pick out the cultural differences… These glossy dictionaries of global architectural style have the ability to turn readers into armchair tourists in just a few colorful pages…[A] brilliant modern-day chronicle of the world's residential architecture.”
Martha McDonald - Clem Labine's Period Homes
“[C]hock full of colorful images. . . .The charm and beauty of these books lies in the colorful, exuberant photographs. . . . [T]hese two books provide valuable additions to the knowledge and use of color in architecture and add to a beautiful family of books.”
Lovin' Life After 50
“Glossy paperback with dynamic photographs displaying the brilliant diversity of windows.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731880
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominique Lenclos, is a classics professor. She collaborates with her husband, Jean-Philippe, in his research. They have written extensively on the geography of color, including Colors of the World and Windows of the World, the companion to Doors of the World.

Jean-Philippe Lenclos is a designer-colorist and founder of Atelier 3D Couleur, a studio based in Paris that specializes in the conception and application of color in the environment, architecture, and industrial products. He has exhibited his work in Tokyo, London, Paris, and Lisbon, and he teaches color theory at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Dominique Lenclos, a professor of classics, assists her husband in his research and site analyses. Their book Color of France received numerous awards, including the 1983-84 International Color Design award. They are also the authors of Colors of Europe.

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