The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail Hardcover – 1 Jun 2012
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[Review for previous edition] A necessary reference work for those interested in residential architectural history. It's pleasurable eye candy for everyone else.--Peggy Mackenzie"Toronto Star" (12/01/2005)
[Review for previous edition] Recommended title by the staff of Fine Homebuilding, Special Anniversary edition [Review for previous edition] A welcome addition to the coffee tables or libraries of professional designers, architecture buffs and, for that matter, anyone who has even a passing interest in how homes have evolved over the centuries.
[Review for previous edition] One of the most borrowed books in our library... Not sure which light fixtures complement a Craftsman? You'll find out here.
[Review for previous edition] A perfect gift for the architecture junkie in your life... color-coded tabs for quick reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles with illustrations and photographs.--Jenn Houlihan"Style at Home" (01/01/2006)
[Review for previous edition] An indispensable tool for architects, designers, historians, or indeed anyone interested in residential design and the history of domestic architecture... Domestic architectural detail can inspire with beauty and grace.
[Review for previous edition] Great for someone restoring a period home because it tells what fits a certain style and what doesn't... would give someone planning a home a lot of looks and styles to consider.--Deborah Donovan"Arlington Heights Daily Herald" (12/04/2005)
[Review for previous edition] An outstanding and economical single-volume resource... Summing Up Highly recommended.--R.T. Clement"Choice" (05/01/2006)
[Review for previous edition] Visual feast of domestic architectural styles... It is truly a scholarly work, but also an accessible one that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates beautiful design or is intrigued by the domestic lives of past generations... extraordinary detail.--Jane Gadd"Globe and Mail" (01/27/2006)
[Review for previous edition] Teeming with illustrations of representative doors, windows, fireplaces and other structural/decorative elements... capturing each period in lively and penetrating detail... an excellent reference.--David Soltesz"Library Journal" (12/01/2005)
[Review for previous edition] Essentially a reference volume, but a pleasurable one to read... every page is peppered with color photographs, line drawings and black-and-white archival images that bring the architectural elements to life.--Cheryl Cornacchia"Montreal Gazette" (12/03/2005)
[Review for previous edition] No detail is overlooked... A necessary reference work for those interested in residential architectural history. It's pleasurable eye candy for everyone else.--Peggy Mackenzie"Toronto Star" (12/01/2005)
About the Author
Stephen Calloway, the General Editor, is Curator of prints and books at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He writes, lectures, and consults on architecture and interior design. His books include Twentieth-century Decoration and Baroque Baroque. He writes regularly for UK and US magazines including The World of Interiors and Nest.
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In particular Interior Design, but would also be very useful for anybody studying Architecture/Design/Art as it gives one an insight into period detail and historic domestic styling - which are all related whatever your specialist field of design.
It is a bit of a "Tome" but don't let this put you off. Illustrations are detailed and text is concise yet informative. All in all this book provides invaluable tool, additionally it's a really interesting read.
Right now - as far as I am aware, this is the most recent updated and revised of the book (of which there are previous versions available.)
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