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Sir Edwin Lutyens: Designing in the English Tradition Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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An English architect gets the due he deserves with a thoughtful pictorial perspective of his life and works. Sir Edwin Lutyens' particular brand of "Wrennaissance"--a mix of simple arts and crafts with classicism--is well documented by Wilhide, author of William Morris: Decor and Design (1991). Few know, for instance, that Lutyens partnered with painter-turned-landscape artist Gertrude Jekyll to create some of the most harmonious homesteads in the English and foreign countryside, nor that this once-invalid child who opened a business at age 20 reveled in designing interiors and furnishings that bespoke his "building with wit." The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., London's Cenotaph war memorial, and Lutyen's tribute to English imperialism in New Delhi, India--all of which contrasted to his tumultuous personal life--stamps this architect as a true genius. Select bibliography, useful addresses, and places to visit are appended. Barbara Jacobs
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"Excellent photographs and a strong emphasis on interiors and furniture make Wilhide's book a worthy addition to the popular literature on England's 'Architect Laureate'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810940809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810940802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #974,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although this book was published in 2000, I was surprised to find no customer had yet reviewed it. It is a little different from other books on the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens.
First of all, most of the photographs are in color, bringing the subjects to life in a way that was not possible in previous books, many of them relying largely on old photographs from Country Life magazine. Thus we get a much more real feeling of those classic Lutyen houses, nestling into their incredible English gardens (largely designed by Gertrude Jekyll) and see how the design is carried on through to the interiors. All the favorite Lutyens houses are there - Goddards, Orchards, Little Thakeham, Munstead Wood, Deanery Garden, Marsh Court and more.
Another difference in this book is that it deals not only with the architecture but also with the design of the interiors, the architectural fixtures and accessories and the furniture, which in themselves are amazing - they bow to tradition, yet look to the future - and many have been borrowed by more than one modern designer.
This book is well worth consideration.
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