Casa Mexicana Style

Casa Mexicana Style

In 1521, when the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were amazed at the spectacular architecture and complex urban planning they encountered in the great city of Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City). To the native Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec traditions that had flourished throughout Mexico, the Spanish brought their own influences, resulting in an extraordinarily rich design heritage that survives to this day. Acclaimed architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter vividly captures this enduring passion for design in Casa Mexicana Style, the follow-up to his best-selling Casa Mexicana (more than 100,000 copies sold). In this gorgeous new book featuring more than 250 photographs, Street-Porter takes us on an insider's tour of 30 stunning homes, from urbane city apartments and modernist beach houses to stately rural haciendas and lovingly restored colonial townhouses. All of the residences showcased here are enlivened by a natural blending of indoors and outdoors, a vibrant palette shaped by the sun-drenched surroundings, and an artful incorporation of the country's celebrated crafts and handiwork. Whether large or small, historical or contemporary, Mexican houses are artistic statements, expressing the unique and inimitable lifestyle of their creators. Casa Mexicana Style is a welcoming invitation to bask in the beauty of these homes, to enjoy their charm and sophistication. In 1521, when the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were amazed at the spectacular architecture and complex urban planning they encountered in the great city of Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City). To the native Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec traditions that had flourished throughout Mexico, the Spanish brought their own influences, resulting in an extraordinarily rich design heritage that survives to this day. Acclaimed architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter vividly captures this enduring passion for design in Casa Mexicana Style, the follow-up to his best-selling Casa Mexicana (more than 100,000 copies sold). In this gorgeous new book featuring more than 250 photographs, Street-Porter takes us on an insider's tour of 30 stunning homes, from urbane city apartments and modernist beach houses to stately rural haciendas and lovingly restored colonial townhouses. All of the residences showcased here are enlivened by a natural blending of indoors and outdoors, a vibrant palette shaped by the sun-drenched surroundings, and an artful incorporation of the country's celebrated crafts and handiwork. Whether large or small, historical or contemporary, Mexican houses are artistic statements, expressing the unique and inimitable lifestyle of their creators. Casa Mexicana Style is a welcoming invitation to bask in the beauty of these homes, to enjoy their charm and sophistication.

Casa Mexicana

Casa Mexicana

Examines the roots and contemporary style of Mexican architecture and decor

Whose Tradition?

Discourses on the Built Environment

Whose Tradition?

In seeking to answer the question Whose Tradition? this book pursues four themes: Place: Whose Nation, Whose City?; People: Whose Indigeneity?; Colonialism: Whose Architecture?; and Time: Whose Identity? Following Nezar AlSayyad’s Prologue, contributors addressing the first theme take examples from Indonesia, Myanmar and Brazil to explore how traditions rooted in a particular place can be claimed by various groups whose purposes may be at odds with one another. With examples from Hong Kong, a Santal village in eastern India and the city of Kuala Lumpur, contributors investigate the concept of indigeneity, the second theme, and its changing meaning in an increasingly globalized milieu from colonial to post-colonial times. Contributors to the third theme examine the lingering effects of colonial rule in altering present-day narratives of architectural identity, taking examples from Guam, Brazil, and Portugal and its former colony, Mozambique. Addressing the final theme, contributors take examples from Africa and the United States to demonstrate how traditions construct identities, and in turn how identities inform the interpretation and manipulation of tradition within contexts of socio-cultural transformation in which such identities are in flux and even threatened. The book ends with two reflective pieces: the first drawing a comparison between a sense of ‘home’ and a sense of tradition; the second emphasizing how the very concept of a tradition is an attempt to pin down something that is inherently in flux.

Casa Mexico

At Home in Merida and the Yucatan

Casa Mexico

Renowned for its picturesque charm, Mexico has lured design-world insiders to its retreats, as presented in this inspirational selection of some of the latest Mexican design trends from the Yucat�n. In recent years leading international tastemakers have been drawn to the vibrant culture of the Yucat�n. In M�rida--the region's sixteenth-century capital--they have renovated many of the romantic Spanish colonial town houses into stylish retreats. In the nearby towns of Valladolid and Coba, picturesque houses surrounded by lush vegetation in sun-drenched settings have also been updated while retaining indigenous charm. Annie Kelly takes us on an insider's tour of several stunning properties--from brightly painted town houses and contemporary villas to rustic bungalows--many with a distinctive bohemian feeling. These sophisticated residences blend artisanal craftsmanship with antiques and contemporary furnishings. They have been designed by such talents as architect Manolo Mestre, artist Jorge Pardo, L.A. modernist antiques dealers Robert Willson and David Serrano, and Nicolas Malleville of Tulum's famed Coqui Coqui hotel, who has brought the fashion world to the Yucat�n due to his chic homes and hotels there. Beautiful outdoor entertaining, garden, and pool areas enliven all these homes. This book is a stimulating resource for the design aficionado.

Splash

The Art of the Swimming Pool

Splash

Splash provides the inspiration for anyone designing, or dreaming about, their own pool. This celebration of the style, design, and joy that pools bring to us brims with over 200 glamorous photographs. It is organized by swimming pool design--from glimmering infinity pools with a view of the ocean to dramatic cascading waterfall pools and those in lush garden settings. Ranging from beautifully landscaped backyards to dramatic beaches and tropical paradise surroundings, the stunning pool locales show creative examples of pools as architecture and organic forms. In the mix are seductive pools owned by such celebrities as Cher and Dianne Keaton and leading designers Bunny Williams and Carolyne Roehm, as well as masterpieces by famed architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Luis Barragán. Splash concludes with a section on poolside elements, from tiled steps, patterned surfaces, and Jacuzzis to pool houses with outdoor showers, landscaping, furnishings, and much more. Every example evokes the enduring and irresistible appeal of the swimming pool.

Latin Style

Decorating Your Home with Color, Texture, and Passion

Latin Style

In Latin Style I show you how to use space, texture, and color to explore the brilliant nuances of Latin American décor and enjoy some of the most exciting attributes of a truly chic lifestyle. ?Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque Make every day a vivid celebration with Latin Style. Latin Style captures the spirit of the Latin aesthetic, the power of its details and traditions, and its unwavering, timeless chic in a rich montage of photos, concepts, and practical ideas for those who want to bring a Latin flair to their own homes and lives. Become inspired by the four distinct moods of Latin Style: Cabana evokes the cool of the ocean with endless white beaches, turquoise water, and tropical fruits. Hacienda is the old-world brick and stone elegance of ranches and country estates set in a rugged landscape. Paradiso embodies the lush abundance of the rainforest, overflowing with life of every kind. Pueblo reflects the sun-drenched colors of outdoor markets, folk art, colonial architecture, and quiet courtyards.

Asian Style Hotels

Bali, Java, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

Asian Style Hotels

With more than 500 ravishing full-color photographs, Asian Style Hotels brings you to the best hotels in Southeast Asia. Hotels from Bali, Java, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are showcased in great detail. The super-deluxe establishments included here are all at the cutting-edge of hotel design and management. Each property has been hand-picked according to a set of criteria that includes a strong design aesthetic, architectural integrity, and a sense of individuality a million miles away from the cookie-cutter approach of chain hotels. Asian Style Hotels is the definitive guide to Southeast Asia's finest places to stay. Over half of the hotels have never been featured in guides before—and many are recently opened.

Casa San Miguel

Inspired Design and Decoration

Casa San Miguel

Profiles homes from the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, surveying numerous interior, architectural, and garden design ideas, from stately rural haciendas and villas to renovated colonial townhouses, in a guide that also showcases the applications of local crafts and furnishings. 12,000 first printing.

Constructing Identity in Contemporary Architecture

Case Studies from the South

Constructing Identity in Contemporary Architecture

Who are the actors feeling compelled to "construct" new identities? How are these new identities in architecture created in various parts of the world? And, which are the ingredients borrowed from various historical and ethnic traditions and other sources? These and other questions are discussed in five case studies from different parts of the world, written by renowned scholars from Brazil (Ruth Verde Zein), Mexico (Susanne Dussel), Egypt (Khaled Asfour), India (Rahul Mehrotra), and Singapore (William Lim).

L.A. Modern

L.A. Modern

An oversized visual tribute to the seminal architecture of southern California evaluates the influence of the International Style on designs by such noted names as Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, and Rudolph Schinder, in a photographic survey that showcases forefront examples of modernist structure.