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Edith Wharton , Jr. Codman Ogden

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30. Dezember 2008
Individuality in house-furnishing has seldom been more harped upon than at the present time. The cheap originality which finds expression in putting things to uses for which they were not intended is often confounded with individuality; whereas the latter consists not in an attempt to be different from other people at the cost of comfort, but in the desire to be comfortable in one's own way, even though it be the way of a monotonously large majority. It seems easier to most people to arrange a room like some one else's than to analyze and express their own needs. -from Chapter II: "Rooms in General" This classic 1898 manual of interior design is considered a standard reference of the art, and perfectly useful more than a century later. Here, renowned American architect OGDEN CODMAN, JR. (1863-1951) is joined by American author EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937), whose novels, including The House of Mirth (1905) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Age of Innocence (1920), took us into the wealthy-and tasteful-New York society she hailed from. Together, they offer timeless advice on such matters as: • the importance of balance and symmetry • how to avoid the superficial application of ornament • the necessity of adhering to proportion • the proper material for fireplace andirons • the usages of cornices • the decoration of windows • and much, much more.

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Written by one of America's foremost novelists and a celebrated architect, this classic work on interior design presents advice on planning and furnishing specific rooms and areas as well as a portfolio of illustrated interiors, covering such areas as the historical traditions of design and the distinctive styles of turn-of-the-twentieth-century ta -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in years 1927, 1928 and 1930. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen design reflection and illumination 21. Juli 2007
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Amidst today's seemingly endless supply of domestic guides and treatises on interior decoration, Edith Wharton might be surprised that her The Decoration of Houses (co-authored with architect Ogden Codman, Jr.) would still be as relevant and necessary as it is a century after its first publication. Long before "simplicity" and "classic" became catchwords for branding, Wharton took a public stand against the bland, trite excesses of Victorian décor in America. Favoring the considered, informed and complex processes of design rooted in architectural principles, her graceful humility was matched only by her assertive plea against the contemporary dominance of thoughtless, conspicuous consumption visible in New York society. As she determinately decreed: "According to the creed of the modern manufacturer, you have only to combine certain `good' to obtain a certain style."

Often associated with the frivolity connected to historical descriptions of femininity, this volume might be a surprise for those who prefer to view Wharton as a New York literary powerhouse. While her 40 books in 40 years (many of which were devoted to travels through European residences and gardens) are a testament to the force of her pen, it's the themes of beauty, pleasure, societal indulgence, cultural education and cosmopolitanism in America's modernity that make her analysis, and eventual ruling on the importance of design and space, a necessary extension of her literary thought. As she aptly begins her historical and aesthetic analysis, "Rooms may be decorated in two ways: by a superficial application of ornament totally dependent of structure, or by means of those architectural features which are part of the organism of every house, inside as well as out." And it's through these sixteen chapters that reflect on everything from the front door to the dining room to bric-a-brac that she offers readers a glimpse at the historic function of furnishings, as well as her claims about taste, beauty and the impact of residential design.

The Italian, French and British capacity for decorating in accord with the Grecian edict of "wise moderation," so admired by Wharton, is illustrated by black and white plates. The illustrations also reveal that the author's penchant for "classic" beauty wasn't about recreating kitschy historic facades or stoic sparseness. Rather, a considered pleasure seems to be her goal as she concludes, "There is no absolute perfection, there is no communicable ideal; but much that is empiric, much that is confused and extravagant, will give way before the application of principles based on common sense and regulated by the laws of harmony and proportion." True to her appreciation for sincerity in the application of decorative principles, readers can see the realization of her rules if they visit the Mount, a 113-acre Lenox estate designed by Wharton in 1902.

Recreated by Rizzoli using photographs of the original 1897 pressing, the only change made by the publishers in this edition is the use of the original interior dust jacket as the model for the printed design that now covers the book. But I don't think Wharton would mind, as she truly believed that design was about the external reflection and illumination of what's on the inside.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen The Decorations of Houses 23. August 2010
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I was quite disappointed with the quality of this book. I was under the understanding that this book was still in publication. Thus I was expecting a newly printed book, same as the original, not the "photocopy" scan that arrived. Not at all pleased with it. The illustrations are horrible and some of the text is unreadable, very disappointing.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Nonsensical Printing 13. Januar 2012
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I am shocked upon receiving this book. Open it to any random page and you will find numerous typos and utter nonsensical letters -- please, do not think I am exaggerating. From the copy I received:

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My goodness. Clearly the gentleman who made the positive review posted his review under the wrong edition. I do not understand who or what produced this nonsensical copy of The Decoration of Houses but I think Amazon should immediately remove it from sale.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen poor quality 2. Dezember 2012
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The quality of printing and of the pictures was very poor. It seemed to be a second hand photocopy of an original book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Despite the elegant cover photo this is a practical design book on making an American home comfortable and livable 20. November 2013
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I loved reading this book; it's about an age when homes were lived in instead of places that you park your BMW between commutes. I bought it hoping for insights into how to design a home to make it comfortable and it fulfilled that matter exceptionally well. It provides design guidance for the layouts of all the basic elements of a home: walls; doors; windows; fireplaces; ceilings; floors; halls; stairs. You'll have to convert the chapters on Drawing-rooms, Boudoirs, Ball rooms, and Morning Rooms to our modern names, but some of them aren't applicable to today's smaller homes anyway. And, I'm thinking that maybe we need some of those rooms again now too. This is a design book - not a construction how-to book. Be assured that even though the lessons and photographs are derived from traditional architecture it's really about American Architecture.
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