A Series on Design Styles: Arts & Crafts and its Influences

If you look back through the blog, you'll see a few references to Frank Lloyd Wright, and maybe even to Craftsman style. One of the first projects I had here in Arizona, coincidentally one of the first posts for the blog, was to develop plans for an addition to a home in a Historic District of Phoenix. Why mention such an early post? The Historic House is a little brick Arts & Crafts; it has built-ins, a key feature of the style that allowed for every day clutter to be tucked away when visitors came, while not over-filling the house with furniture. Though it was built outside the style's key time period, the home is an example of Arts & Crafts. It was also during that project when I mentioned Frank Lloyd Wright for the first time. (read more)
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Researching Around the Web

What have I been doing this week that there is no time to really update the blog? Research around the town, visit show rooms, work on the BIG project... Today, however, I took some time to check out my LinkedIn profile, and I found a blog that talks about Interior Design making people better. What struck me the most was the paragraph that talks about a return to craftsmanship and the lack of a real guide line for young designers (like me). I'll include the link so you can read it for yourself, but I get what the writer is saying. Yes there are trends in materials and the manufacturing of (3D printing, printing patterns on almost anything -including glass), but as a young designer I am adrift in that I have seen no true style to guide my designs. (read more)
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A Series on Design Styles : Early North America- Southwest Mission

In the last post I talked about Pueblo Style and mentioned it grew into Mission Style. I need to clarify that a bit. There are two Mission Styles common in the U.S. of A.: Arts & Crafts Mission and Southwest Mission. At some point during the early 1900s the two styles interact, but they never merge into one style- they continuously complement each other throughout history. Here I’ll discuss Southwest Mission. Architecture and History have something in common: People are always looking “back” and trying to see how things could be better. The U.S.A. was born in that manner: people were unhappy with their history and changed it, hopefully for the better. Architecture is certainly no different... (read more)
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