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About the Author

Don Freeman's photographs appear regularly in The World of Interiors, Vogue, House Beautiful, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has published two books and is based in New York. 
Michael Owen Gotkin is a landscape architect and city planner in New York City. His articles have appeared in World of Interiors and Pin-Up.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995840
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14, 2011
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This is an interesting coffee table book presenting 13 artists' homes that were built from the late 19th century to the mid 20th . They include Russel Wright, Henry Varnum Poor, Raoul Hague, Ralph Whitehead, Jane Byrd McCall, Frederic Church, Constantino Nivola in New York state, Henry Chapman Mercer, George Nakashima, Wharton Esherick in Pennsylvania, Paolo Soleri and Michael Kahn, Leda Livant in Arizona, Sam Maloof in California and Ruth and Robert Hatch in Massachusetts.

There are large well done pictures of the houses and text that explains the house and the artist themselves. There are pictures and explanations of the detail; the tiles, stairs, furniture, decoration, cookware and many times how they and the house itself were made. There is a page of visitor information for those houses that are open to the public.
This would be a book of interest to not only decorators, architects, woodworkers, but also to other artists.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alison Daniel on June 15, 2011
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A delightful concept with information at the back of the book re visiting these wonderful houses. They remind me of Frida's Blue House and Vincent's Yellow House, how the artist makes everything art, that where he or she lives represents and is also their art. There is a dreaminess, almost fantasy to these houses as well as wonderment and yes, jealously some live in such wonderfully created spaces full of personal objects and beauty. I think if you love beauty, you will love this book. Yes. This is a book for those who love beauty and objects of beauty. For the realists, I guess it gives plenty of decorative ideas but more importantly, it reveals an intimate personality, something that is sadly missing in many houses. How many people actually use art or buy art, a statue for example or frame a beautiful print if on the usual budget, really think about colour, are able to show themselves through the objects they collect and display? This book encourages us to think about our living space and more, to do something to make it real, to make it our own.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By leda livant on May 25, 2011
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This book portrays elegant testimony to the force of creativity
emerging under any circumstances.!
The photography, an act of creativity itself.
The text likewise.

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This book previewed mostly artists whose homes I've seen frequently in magazines and other books. I was hoping I'd see some more modern, yet bohemian homes including anything by Bart Prince. However, there were imaginative homes of off beat artist so I appreciate that.
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