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Four Florida Moderns: The Architecture of Alberto Alfonso, René González, Chad Oppenheim, and Guy Peterson Hardcover – February 22, 2010
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“If you think that Florida architecture is a mishmash of Mediterranean, Art Deco and Bungalow-style architecture with a splash of Caribbean color, then Four Florida Moderns by Saxon Henry will show you in colorful detail just how wrong you are.”
- The Miami Herald
“[T]he architecture in the volume’s pages is crisp and exciting, evoking ‘50s and ‘60s modernism while being completely of our own time….Saxon Henry has crafted an appreciative, informative text….It isn’t often that today’s buildings, with their complex demands unheard-of at mid century, exhilarate, but the Florida Four manage the feat handily.”
“[A]n ideal travel companion as well as a coffee-table curio.”
- HOME Miami / HOME Fort Lauderdale
“Their innovative styles are seen in vibrant photographs, which take readers on a remarkable visual tour. Why We Love It: It’s a ringside seat to the Florida Four’s varied repertoires.”
- Luxe Interiors
“The architecture of Alfonso, Gonzales, Oppenheim, and Peterson testifies to the fact that modern architecture is not a style but a way of life. In their work, modernism evolves into a lyrical language....The buildings exist in harmony with their site and climate, mutating the tradition of modern into a melodic relationship between architecture and nature.”
- Toshiko Mori, FAIA, Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect, and former chair of the Department of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
“In lush, striking photos, it highlights the work of four native architects, all of whom are acutely aware of the nature of the tropics and the romanticism of its qualities. By incorporating water, breezes, vistas, shadows, and heat into their work, the psychological appeal is impressive and undeniable. Their exploration and application of new materials and natural elements is innovati ve. I recommend this book highly.”
- Mark Hampton, FAIA, Mark Hampton Architect, Miami, FL
“This impressive gathering is amply supplemented by a series of essays from some of the country’s biggest names in design, as well as extensive architect Q&A’s conducted by the book’s author, Saxon Henry.”
- Residential Architect
“Four Florida Moderns allows readers to join the conversation of a mature quartet of architects who strive to create works appropriate to their place and time. It beautifully illustrates the power and importance of the modern movement’s encounter with Florida’s contemporary lifestyle as it evolved in a place of strong light, challenging climate, and sublime horizon.”
- Will Bruder, Principal, Will Bruder Partners, LTD
“Loaded with lush, crisp photography of the four Florida architects’ trailblazing work, the book is a visual tour and thoughtful examination of tropical modernism as it’s practiced today.”
- Architects + Artisans
“Architecture fans have to get a copy of this fantastic book….looks so darn great upon my coffee table!”
- Delta Sky
“[A]n experiential visual and written tour of a thoughtfully curated review of architectural projects designed by four of Florida’s new masters of modern architecture….beautifully written essays add a level of contextual understanding to the works of the four architects that pictures alone simply cannot convey….I highly recommend this book to architecture and design students, enthusiasts, and to all who are seeking a fountain of inspiration.”
- The Decorating Diva
About the Author
Saxon Henry has written for a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Traditional Home, Modernism Magazine, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Home, Latitudes and Coastal Living. She is a frequent contributor to the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald, Sandow Media’s Luxe magazines, and the Florida Design publications. Henry is also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury’s MIAMI and Manhattan magazines. Her European/Asian credits include Elle Décor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany. With one book to her credit, Big Home, Big Challenge: Design Solutions for Larger Spaces, a second book, Four Florida Moderns, will be released by W.W. Norton & Co. in December 2009. Henry’s ezine, www.DesignCommotion.com, surveys everything dynamic in the field of design. The journalist/author is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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