- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811826295
- ISBN-13: 978-0811826297
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mexican Tiles: Color, Style, Design Paperback – April 1, 2000
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About the Author
Masako Takahashi is a much-exhibited artist and photographer who divides her time between Venice, California, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Tony Cohan has spent much of the past 12 years in Mexico. He is the author of four novels, and his reviews, essays, and travel writing on Mexico have appeared in numerous magazines.
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Mexican Tiles touts the artistry of hand-made tiles, a work of folk-art, as Takahashi describes them. She describes them as “bearing the charmingly irregular mark of the human hand…that (evoke) a personal, emotional appeal impossible to achieve with machine-made tiles.” She nods to the practical designer also, noting that her book can be used for design ideas to be replicated with more precise looking tiles that are machine-made. Separate from designers, however, Mexican Tiles will appeal to anyone who appreciates the pairing or artistry with eclectic color and expression.
Michael Helquist, author, Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
I'm very simple in the colors I like in homes so these tiles can be "over the top". This book has a lot of these type pictures. It has more tile usage than I've ever seen on exteriors. The kitchen section has huge tile usage but I've seen more attractive usage in other books.
Overall, I did not get any ideas I will definitely use but I did get a different perspective on tile usage. There are definitely pictures I will take back to discuss with my architect and designer which may be incorporated. This book can be consumed in an hour. But it may take many hours of review going over the pictures again and again.
But this book is AWESOME!! I think I finally figured out why, after reading Tony Cohen's book "On Mexican Time": these people simply ADORE Mexico, and it comes through in everything they do. All of the wonder and breathless anticipation and teary-eyed beauty that I feel and am so hopelessly unqualified to express when I am either in Mexico or adding to my collection of artesania, Tony vividly portrays in his prose and Masako captures with her camera.
As for subject matter, I LOVE Talavera tiles, Talavera pottery, Talavera ANYTHING, because they are so INCREDIBLY Mexican, and this book is simply PAGE after GORGEOUS PAGE of Talavera-lined kitchens, bathrooms, stairs, floors...you name it, it's tiled. If you at all appreciate ethnic interior design or Mexican handicrafts, this is an AWESOME book!!!