Meyer Davis Made to Measure: Architecture and InteriorsBy Dan Shaw, foreword by David Netto (The Vendome Press, 2016) Buy It Now
Some architects have such a distinctive style that all their buildings resemble one other. Others, like genius character actors, disappear into their projects, giving each structure a unique personality; the common ground is excellence. The first three houses profiled, all in Copake, are cases in point: a “resuscitated, modernized” 1940s bungalow; a masculine lakefront modern; and an island getaway that contemporizes the rustic vernacular of the Adirondack Great Camps. Shaw, a New York Times style editor and cofounder of Rural Intelligence, describes their work with zest. (“Wherever you’re in a hotel, restaurant, or boutique designed by Meyer Davis, you feel as if you’re on a zipline traversing the zeitgeist.”) But the photos of private and public spaces are the stars of this handsome, large-format book. It opens with three sumptuous double-page spreads; you may find yourself sold before you reach the table of contents.