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Classic & Modern: Signature Styles

By Alan Barlis & Dennis Wedlick (ORO Editions, 2013) Buy It Now

Barlis Wedlick Architects designed Marina Abramovic’s extravagantly minimalist SoHo loft and star-shaped country home in Hudson, along with an ark-like passive-solar home in Claverack and a “21st-century Greek Revival river house” with a Santorini- size fireplace. These are among the 13 striking retreats detailed in this lushly photographed volume. More than an architect’s portfolio book, it aims to train viewers to recognize the signature components of various modern and classic styles—from rural to Neoclassical—here reinterpreted by inventive designers with gorgeous materials. Fabulousness abounds: This is not a good book to browse if you’re feeling envious, but it’s a great one to jumpstart spectacular visions.