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West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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West Coast Modern Architecture, Interiors & Design By Zahid Sardar Photographs by Matthew Millman
Architects and designers are breaking new ground in the West, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences in Canada and the United States, including far-flung Hawaii and Alaska, by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Leo Marmol, Ron Radziner, Anne Fougeron, Joshua Aidlin, David Darling, Greg Warner, Brooks Walker, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the expansive deserts, mountains, plains and coastlines of the West. Designed for a range of climates, the houses allude to Mesoamerican adobe and Spanish Mission courtyard dwellings yet sport a modern western aesthetic. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors and always contemporary, comfortable and stylish.
Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors and design. His work has appeared in publications including Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, California Home & Design and the San Francisco Chronicle, for which he served as design editor. He teaches interior design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several books, including San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design.
Matthew Millman has photographed architecture and interior design in the western United States for the past 20 years. His work has appeared in publications including Dwell, Architectural Digest and the New York Times, as well as home design books including Concrete Countertops, Concrete at Home and Model Making, which was authored by his wife, Megan Werner.
About the Author
Zahid Sardar is the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and has reported on garden, interior and architecture design for twenty years in the Bay Area. His work appears in Chronicle Magazine and other national and international design publications such as House & Garden, Western Interiors and Design, Elle Décor, Architecture, Metropolis, Elle Decoration and Schoner Wohnen magazines.
Matthew Millman has photographed architecture and interior design in the western United States for the past 20 years. His work has appeared in Dwell, Architectural Digest, and the New York Times, as well as the design titles Concrete Countertops, Concrete at Home, and Model Making.
Top Customer Reviews
Photos by Matthew Millman show the West Coast's unique contributions to architecture, materials and finishes, not to mention its unforgettable light.
A must read. Great gift for Holidays.
The newly built or remodeled homes are comfortably modernist in form and mostly warm and natural in materials; many are prime examples of the region's strong modern aesthetic. [Also finding their curious way into the book is a 100 year-old Mediterranean-style cottage ("seemingly untouched" by a recent renovation) and a 5,700sf, windowless, whitewashed, `art cave.'] Matthew Millman's large photos beautifully illustrate the rich architectural spaces and details, though in the absence of floor plans it's difficult to imagine how they fit together. The author's focus is on telling each design story, which he does very well, and on uncritically spotlighting Bay Area designers (witness five Hutton and Wiseman interiors). The book reads like a style-specific issue of Architectual Digest, more inspirational than educational. A webdirectory of commercial resources, but not an index, are at the back.
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This was a gift for my wife who is a fan of midcentury modern architecture. She loved it. The photography shows the houses to their best.Published on December 9, 2013 by Galen M. Ozawa