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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835454
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.1 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Fergusson & Shamamian are great architects. Their designs are creative and tasteful. The book was very well done with excellent quality photographs and explanatory texts. My only complaint is that the floor plans are not complete, usually only showing the first floor. I highly recommend this book.
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This book is perfection. The houses/apartments and other other works are residential masterpieces. The firm of Ferguson & Shamamian is certainly the best or one of the best traditional architectural firms operting in the US today. The book is the ultimate testimony to the talent of this firm. I look forward to Volume II.

If residential architecture is an interest of any customer I suggest adding this book to any collection.
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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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