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Art of Classic Details
Theory, Design & Craftsmanship
A richly illustrated and informative guide to the best neo-classical architectural detailing produced by the finest traditional architects working today. In 'The Art of Classical Details' Phillip James Dodd takes a close-up look at some of the finest examples of contemporary classical architecture. The book consists of two chapters: 'The Essays' and 'The Projects.' Starting with a foreword by renowned decorator David Easton, 'The Essays' are written by some of today's most sought after architects, scholars and craftsmen. Accompanied by sumptuous full page photographs and renderings that illustrate a use of fine materials, intricate detailing, and superb artisanship, these insightful texts are essential reading for anyone with an interest in the theory, practice and craft of classical design. 'The Projects' presents an illustrated look at 25 of today's finest classically-designed homes. Employing the theories prescribed in the writings of the first chapter, this portfolio of contemporary buildings exhibits the work of some of the most recognisable and celebrated architects in Great Britain and the United States.
The work featured in within this book demonstrates the timeless beauty of classicism, and delights in the role that superbly crafted details play in creating art. AUTHOR: Phillip Dodd is a well-regarded expert on classical architecture and interiors and has worked for some of the most recognised residential architectural firms in America. He is a Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America and has taught classical design at the ICA and CA and at Notre Dame, and has been a guest critic for the Interiors Department at Parson's School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. SELLING POINTS: * A close-up look at some of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world today * Covers the fundamentals of classical architecture, such as Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite columns, and featuring the work of skilled contemporary classicists, including Julian Bicknell and Ken Tate * A valuable resource for architects, interior designers, builders and home decorators 200 col.
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The Art of Classical Details puts a magnifying glass to all of the corners, columns, and features that might otherwise go unnoticed-though their effect is still felt, even if unknowingly. Quest New York-based architect Phillip James Dodd offers design connoisseurs a veritable graduate course in architectural theory put into modern practice in The Art of Classical Details: Theory, Design, and Craftsmanship, a beautifully photographed volume devoted to residences that reflect an understanding of the role traditional forms, materials, and craft techniques play in shaping the buildings of the future. -- Marjorie E. Gage New York Spaces Magazine, July/August 2013 Those who believe that beauty lies in order, symmetry, and the characteristic geometric ornamentation of the classical style will enjoy this beautifully-illustrated volume. -- Natalia Lonchyna Arlis/ Na Reviews, July/August 2013 Dodd sets the tone for the wealth of knowledge packed in the pages to come. -- Phillip Dodd Dering Hall, December 20, 2013 This excellent new book by Phillip James Dodd offers satisfaction in a greater variety of ways than most works on architectural design would attempt, let alone achieve. -- Alvin Holm, Traditional Building October 2014