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About the Author

Judith Gura has taught at Pratt Institute and the New York School of Interior Design. She has written for Antiques, Art & Antiques, Echoes, and Metropolis magazines and is the author of several books. She lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: "Harry N. Abrams, Inc." (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810959143
  • ASIN: B003IWYM56
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,759,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith Gura has been teaching and writing about interior design and furnishings for more than a decade, with a special focus on the 20th (and now the 21st) centuries. Her books combine a lively and accessible writing style with an in-depth knowledge of the marketplace and the museum world as well as academia. She currently heads the design history department at the New York School of Interior Design, and writes regularly for national publications in the art and design field.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Catfish Poboy on June 17, 2007
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First, understand that this is primarily a furniture book, not an architecture book. No real examples of window or door trim, crown molding, etc. As such, it's not really a companion to The Abrams Guide to American House Styles. I thought it would show the interior architecture that accompanied the exterior architecture characteristic of different periods, but no such luck.

Second, while the book may be fun (for some) to browse, it shows itself to be surprisingly incomplete once you start to look for specific periods. What I was looking for was Greek Revival. A fairly prominent American style, and yet not even mentioned in the book.

Overall a disappointment for someone who wanted to see what architects did on the inside to complement the outside of major American architectural styles.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Romantic Anna on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
a beautiful and intricate look at the period styles from the baroque to modern looks. Very interesting and high quality pictures. I also liked the inclusion of palettes and swatches.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Kyle on May 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The perfect reference book. Judith knows her stuff and doesn't mince words when trying to relate distinctive styles. Expert comparisons and differences between periods and countries. I've had the pleasure of having Judith as an instructor at NYSID. Superb photography.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antiques R4 Me on November 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book having never seen it - based soley upon the reviews and description (which was risky). I must say, however, that when I received the book I was pleasantly surprised! It is a nice size (to carry to project sites - it is not too large), yet it has a ton of information packed into it's 424 pages. Beautifully assembled and high quality of printing. Many color photos. Separates each period, gives examples of colors for the period, home furnishing examples and architectural details.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on February 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully conceived and designed, with great images and concise cogent texts. An engaging introduction to elite furniture and interior styles.
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Format: Hardcover
As a resource of design history, this guide covers 32 design periods. Periods covered include William & Mary, English Queen Anne, Georgian, Federal, French Empire, Regency, Gothic Revival, Rococo Revival, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Midcentury Modern among others. Each design period has a brief summary on the style, a sample room and furniture. You'll also see samples of colors and fabric. I was impressed with the scope of the book. The author teaches design history at Pratt and New York School of Interior Design.
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