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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835454
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“With their unerring sense of scale and modern take on textbook styles, AD100 architects Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian easily rank among today’s finest designers. Highlights from the pair’s portfolio fill the recently released book…” ~Architectural Digest

“I’m thrilled to say that many of their designs are now beautifully presented for the enjoyment of all in the soon to be released Rizzoli book, New Traditional Architecture Ferguson & Shamamian Architects.” ~whatisjameswearing.com

About the Author

Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian are partners in the New York–based Ferguson & Shamamian Architects LLP. Their work has been widely published in books and magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, and Town & Country. The firm has received numerous awards and was most recently honored with the prestigious 2003 Arthur Ross Award for Architecture from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. Richard Guy Wilson is chair of the Department of Architectural History at the University of Virginia.

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It is beautiful and has wonderful photos and details.
S. Plowden
The residential architecture of Ferguson & Shamamian is perfect.
Harrison von Steiff
A beautifully-produced book of exquisite traditional dwellings.
Chris Cross

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cross on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully-produced book of exquisite traditional dwellings. Wonderful photography and line drawings. I only have two quibbles: I would have loved for it to be twice as thick! And even though floor plans of the homes' first levels were reproduced, there were few of any other levels. But that's just me being greedy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Beekman on April 11, 2011
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This book is a must for anyone remotely interested in classic American residential or destinguished interior design. The book is beautifully crafted and I was blown away by the quality of the images and drawings (the book is also huge!). The beautiful homes depicted are detailed with tremedous attention and all are elegantly decorated. They will inspire your dreams!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. MacTaggart on November 2, 2012
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As expected, the book is filled with luscious, mouth-watering images.

The format is over-sized.

The architects are obviously adept, highly talented, and bring new life to an ancient language of tradition.

All to the good.

The book however has other qualities:

1) Each home has its own defined section - and really should be de rigueur for all books on architecture. Such a format brings clarity, and is an immeasurable help in fully understanding each project.

2) The writing really drew me in. The HOW of each project is articulated. As one reads, then glances over to the adjacent images and plans, reads some more, and then more glances, each project gains meaning and depth. Indeed, each project was transformed by understanding WHY they were designed as such.

3) There are occasional BEFORE images which really help appreciate the wonder of what the architects created. I would like to see this more often in such books.

4) Plans! It is amazing how many architectural books do not include plans, or have them so diminutive as to be essentially useless. As other reviewers have noted however, only main floors are shown mostly and this makes it impossible to fully appreciate the projects. Sigh. Some compensation is offered by the inclusion of site plans and detail drawings.

5) A particular delight is my emotional response to the fact that such beauty is still being created in America. A language of tradition was almost snuffed out by the unrelenting fundamentalist juggernaut of Modernism. Make no mistake; I am a great admirer of Modernism but deeply belief that diversity is both vital and good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbcola on November 18, 2012
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Been working on our home design for several years. We were in final stages of the last changes and our architect used this book to show us pictures of some of the things we had asked for or were trying to describe both on the exterior and interior.

New Traditional Architecture: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects: City and Country Residences

This book is full of home exterior and interior finish pictures and that really provides an excellent source to "dream" and create!! Even if you can't afford to do all of it. Most of us can't! I love the imagination and the art of it. When we aren't sourcing this wonderful book for our "creation" ........we can use it as a coffee table book.

No regrets. Architecture and design are truly a form of art and this book definitely tells that story well.
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It looks like a coffee table books but it's really beautiful illustrations and pictures of traditional homes taking a step forward in history. Aong with short commentaries this is a look into bringing a house up to date without changing the entire whole.
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By Jerry B on June 30, 2012
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This is a great big, glorious book of seriously beautiful archiecture. I very nearly jumped up and down with joy after just leafing through this book, hefty as it is, and immediately wanted to redo everything in the house, starting with the laundry room (for some reason I still don't understand). So even if you're a diehard modernist, this book will open your eyes to the beauty of traditional design in the hands of master architects. Mind you, this is far deeper stuff than the replications of Westbury popping up in Holmby Hills. There is an undeniable whiff of seduction in the classicism underlying Ferguson & Shamamian's traditional design, which brings with it a much needed note of grace and refinement in these turbulent, chaotic times. The highest possible recommendation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Callaghan on March 7, 2013
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This book is beautiful and includes so many vital pieces of information that are often excluded from architecture books, namely floor plans and architectural renderings of both interior and exterior structural features (everything from staircases and balusters to details of a paneled libraryto full size exteriors elevations). My only complaint is this book is enormous! It won't fit on any bookcase so I am unable to ever rotate it out of my coffee table book pile as the only place I can keep it is lying horizontal on a table. That being said, it's fabulous and the large size adds to the artistic presentation of the photos and renderings.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harrison von Steiff on May 9, 2012
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Wow.

The residential architecture of Ferguson & Shamamian is perfect. This is not stated lightly. While many of the architectural firms today who base their designs on traditional, regional, or classical architectural styles might get one or two aspects correct (such as scale, materials, plan, vernacular appropriateness, siting, etc.)- it is quite rare that something is rendered, created, and presented in which EVERY single component of the design and build process fits and works and is "as it should be".

They GET it.

Most of the houses feature interiors that are by Bunny Williams and Michael S. Smith. Each one is so well done, and not only suited, but complementary, to the architectural style of the house.

They GET it.

The book itself is incredible - one of the best, if not the very best, architectural monographs I have ever seen. It really is more like a portfolio. Printed on large, heavy weight sheets of paper - the layout, text, plans, and photographs are exceptional.

This book is a must-have.
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