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Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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“What Richard Olsen has assembled is an attractive and engaging book, suitable for coffee table, bookshelf, or drawing board. Through interviews, research, and the collaboration of his photographers Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood, he has created a beautifully tactile storybook about a passion to build.” ~New York Journal of Books
“This tale is a lot more than hippies and hot tubs, however. Olsen provides a thorough history of the owner-built, woodbutcher movement from places like Big Sur, California, and Prickly Mountain, Vermont. And he addresses the sources of handcraft construction: Buddhist architecture of Japan, Norwegians cabins, Sea Ranch in California, Gaudi, Maybeck, and Jung, to name a few). Works from Europe and Australia provide an international context.” ~Architectural Record
“If you are like me, interested in environmentally friendly design and unique style in the home, you will appreciate this book.” ~Mid-Century-Modern.net
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A veteran book and magazine editor, Olsen was senior architecture editor at Architectural Digest; senior architecture and design editor for Abrams Books; director for Doubleday's Architects & Designers Book Service and Antiques Roadshow Bookclub; editor for Rizzoli; and editorial manager for the Arts & Photography and Travel bookstores at Amazon.com.
Special work includes concept development and editorial direction in support of other writers and photographers of books, and in that capacity Olsen has more than 50 titles to his credit, including the recent CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE & NATURE: AN ECOLOGICAL DESIGN RETROSPECTIVE by Sim Van der Ryn and A GOLDEN AGE by John Witzig.
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What I didn't expect-- and what Olsen delivers in full-- is that this a story about people, about the men and women who've created these worlds. I honestly wish I could meet every one of them. These are makers, these are dreamers who do things, characters who didn't fit in anywhere else and so they created a world that inspires everyone from the inside out. I was blown away... and I haven't looked at my own abode the same way since.
As a small kid, from 1976 to 1978 me and my family lived in a handmade house in Oregon. It didn't have the creativity or imagination as those featured on those books, on the other hand, I'm so glad I lived in such a home. It was a bit more basic, it did not have fancy stained glass windows or unusual arches, it looked more like those houses you'd see in those Foxfire books from the 1970s. It was on a couple of acres, with a meadow going up a hill, plus a garden. The main road was up a hill, and at that time, there were no neighbors in view (today, the house is gone, looked like the lots were subdivided, with now a McMansion, and several mainstream houses in the area, these days it wouldn't be the place I want to live). A hippie commune called Butler Green was about a quarter of a mile away (Butler Green went defunct in 1979 after a police raid).Read more ›
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Worthy purchase for anyone wanting inspiration and motivation to engage in building a small home.Published 3 months ago by Charlene MacKenzie
A charming collection of deeply felt house designs that helps bring living more close to being. Many of the photos expand your consciousness of what is possible beyond the usual... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jerry Rohde
This book is truly beautiful. Inspiring and lovely; makes you want to go out and build one yourselfPublished 9 months ago by Kent Barrett
This book was more stories than how to's, so if you wanted to know the history-this is the book, but I enjoy more color pictures and design ideas.Published 13 months ago by shahalie
I love this book. I am so inspired by it...Published 14 months ago by Carolina Zauli Ferreira Pinto
I was disappointed in the photos the book contained. The original "Handmade Houses, The Woodbutcher's Art" was filled with large detailed photos of the interiors as well... Read morePublished 15 months ago by D. Cwiek