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In The Arts & Crafts Style Hardcover – Jul 15 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 15 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811802027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811802024
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.5 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #593,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Barbara Mayer who is a writer specializing in design and decorative arts topics, has been the home furnishings writer for the Associated Press for 12 years. The author of two other books on craft art and interior design, her magazine credits include Elle D Rob Gray is a professional photographer currently based in Manhattan whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, including HG, House Beautiful, Vogue, and Metropolitan Home, as well as in several books.

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Format: Hardcover
An arts and crafts website recommended this book as the place for beginners in the movement. Following their lead, we purchased the book and have not regretted it.
The advice is true. This is excellent background for the movement, giving it a skeleton which can be used to hang more and more on, including sources, wonderful photographical examples, and resources. We're finding it is desirable and so, so useful to restoring our bungalow to have a wealth of books on hand such as these to give ideas for restoration and decorating.
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This is a comprehensive book that covers (in five good sized chapters) the origins and influences of the Arts & Crafts style, hallmarks of the style, furniture, objects and accents, and case studies. I am a woodworker and I use this book quite frequently for inspiration and reference. For those interested in this period I highly recommend this book.
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This book has a wonderful compilation of ideas, rooms and history to inspire one to run out to the antique mall. The details of every type of room done in this fashion gives a wealth of ideas for bringing this style into your own home.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4676228) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45940fc) out of 5 stars Excellent Dialog and Photographs Jan. 2 1999
By Matt Doyel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a comprehensive book that covers (in five good sized chapters) the origins and influences of the Arts & Crafts style, hallmarks of the style, furniture, objects and accents, and case studies. I am a woodworker and I use this book quite frequently for inspiration and reference. For those interested in this period I highly recommend this book.
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4594150) out of 5 stars Excellent entry point into Arts and Crafts Movement Jan. 25 2001
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An arts and crafts website recommended this book as the place for beginners in the movement. Following their lead, we purchased the book and have not regretted it.
The advice is true. This is excellent background for the movement, giving it a skeleton which can be used to hang more and more on, including sources, wonderful photographical examples, and resources. We're finding it is desirable and so, so useful to restoring our bungalow to have a wealth of books on hand such as these to give ideas for restoration and decorating.
50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4594588) out of 5 stars Beautiful photos, great detail ideas, and history March 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has a wonderful compilation of ideas, rooms and history to inspire one to run out to the antique mall. The details of every type of room done in this fashion gives a wealth of ideas for bringing this style into your own home.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4594930) out of 5 stars A very strong four and a half stars! Feb. 17 2006
By Scott Pointon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a librarian and a woodworker and thus have access and interest in many books on this subject. "In the Arts and Crafts Style" is a beautiful book that is deserved of much praise. The color photography is as plentiful as it is beautiful. I appreciate that the subject matter for this book does not seem to be drawn from the same dozen houses that so many others have used (As much as I like them, how many times can we look at the same pictures of the Gamble House, or Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio?). The text in this book is very well written and conveys clearly what is so special about the subject matter. I was also very impressed with the excellent resource list given at the end of the book.

If I had an axe to grind about this book it is that the best photographs of A&C furniture are not contained in the (relatively short) chapter on furniture, but rather they are scattered throughout other chapters. This is a minor irritation in an overwhelmingly well done book.

I highly recommend this book for any collection relating to historic homes, furniture / interior design, and lovers of the Arts & Crafts lifestyle.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4594a2c) out of 5 stars Great for Dreaming Your Ultimate Spaces July 24 2005
By Susan Spilecki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What a lovely book, for the A&C afficionado and the newbie alike. Dividing her content into Influences & Innovations; Hallmarks of the Style; Furniture; Objects and Accents; and Case Studies, Mayer presents a stunning and inspirational tour of homes and objects from the Arts and Crafts Movement. My sister gave me this when she realized I loved the style, and I nearly wept. How amazing to have someone understand your passions!

The only disappointment in this book is the inclusion of a case study "American Gothic," which highlights an anti-A&C aesthetic with a profusion, Victorian-aesthetic in its genesis, of tiles, metalwork, and pottery, that Stickley, Voysey, et al. would have abjured. Still, this departure from the style's reason for being serves to remind us of how valuable that reason was.


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