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Susan Sargent's New Country Color: The Art of Living (Decor Best-Sellers)Total Hits - 489  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This style and decorative arts book reflects the design philosophy of renowned artisan Susan Sargent, emphasizing spontaneous creativity, do-it-yourself decorative accents, and ideas for adding self-expression to any and all furnishings. Her fresh interpretation of classical forms celebrates design, proportion, and color with a subtle whimsy and playful spirit. Her style is distinguished by a look that is elegant and relaxed, with a tasteful use of color patterns and imagery. Sargent is an innovator and pioneer in combining cutting-edge colors and modern manufacturing practices with mediums that are steeped in tradition. Her creative and refreshing approach draws from many influences in design: William Morris, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry, Carl Larsson, Laura Ashley, and Marimekko. Filled with more than 300 magnificent full-color photographs and inspiring text, this book displays the hundreds of ways beautiful handcrafted objects and vibrant, unexpected colors can enhance one's home-and life. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
ISBN: 082302184X   Date Published on 5/1/2002
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Portuguese Decorative Tiles : AzulejosTotal Hits - 1155  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The finest examples of tile designs decorating both interior and exterior surfaces throughout Portugal.

Sumptuous photographs display the elaborate, colorful tiles-azulejos-adorning interiors and exteriors throughout Portugal. For centuries, brilliantly colored, hand-painted tiles have decorated Portuguese buildings-from the humblest homes to the most lavish palaces, villas, gardens, churches, and monasteries. The more than 200 full-color illustrations specially commissioned for this book capture the beauty of this traditional art form in its architectural context while also showing the details of craftsmanship in close-up images.

The variety of azulejo images and patterns is astounding: fantastic Moorish-inspired geometric patterns, figural images, expansive landscapes, and narratives both secular and religious. The tradition relies heavily on the classic blue (azul) on white designs, but it also includes a wide-ranging palette of colors. The history of azulejaria-the decoration of large surfaces with all manner of tiles-is chronicled here, from their Chinese, Moorish, and Islamic influences to their adaptation by local craftsmen into a distinctly Portuguese art form. This narrative is enhanced by stunning on-site examples of azulejos in Lisbon and the surrounding region, where they served as an alternative to wall paintings. Depicted on these pages are the dazzling, all-over geometric tiling of the interior and exterior surfaces at the Palace of Sintra, with its varied Mujedar designs and borders integrating even the royal emblem of an armillary sphere; the religious scenes from a tomb chapel in the Church of Santo Andre (currently in the Museu Nacional do Azulejo); theglorious life-size equestrian figures and rearing horses in the gardens of the Frontiera Palace; and the Dutch-inspired blue-and-white scenes of game and fish in the kitchen at the Palácio do Correio-Mor. J Presented in this lavishly illustrated volume are innovative Portuguese designs along with commentary about the history and influences that made azulejaria the fascinating art form that it is.

ISBN: 0789204819   Date Published on 7/1/1998
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Lavishly illustrated in full color, this is the first guide to one of the most popular and visually appealing elements in interior design decorating in tiles.
Design writer Siegel takes us on a inspiring tour of the history, stylistic concerns and uses of tiles. Though their cool, hard surface might seem best suited to Mediterranean climates, tiles have enjoyed wide use as far afield as the Netherlands, and any area subject to heavy foot-traffic could benefit from their easily cleaned faces. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs supplied by Country Floors, a well-known tile importing company, the book emphasizes the traditional ``country'' look; a brief, less successful foray into modern styles relies heavily on simple geometric patterns. In his introduction, Country Floors owner Norman Karlson tells how his fascination with tiles developed. Seemingly meant as a sourcebook for designers and tile enthusiasts, the volume offers scant information on the proper application of tiles--only instructions for care and maintenance. Installation, it is hinted, should be left to a specialist.
ISBN: 1567996248   Date Published on 1/1/1998