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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 158479528X, Hardcover)In 1521, when the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were amazed at the spectacular architecture and complex urban planning they encountered in the great city of Tenochtitlán (modern-day Mexico City). To the native Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec traditions that had flourished throughout Mexico, the Spanish brought their own influences, resulting in an extraordinarily rich design heritage that survives to this day.
Acclaimed architectural photographer Tim Street-Porter vividly captures this enduring passion for design in Casa Mexicana Style, the follow-up to his best-selling Casa Mexicana (more than 100,000 copies sold). In this gorgeous new book featuring more than 250 photographs, Street-Porter takes us on an insider’s tour of 30 stunning homes, from urbane city apartments and modernist beach houses to stately rural haciendas and lovingly restored colonial townhouses.
All of the residences showcased here are enlivened by a natural blending of indoors and outdoors, a vibrant palette shaped by the sun-drenched surroundings, and an artful incorporation of the country’s celebrated crafts and handiwork. Whether large or small, historical or contemporary, Mexican houses are artistic statements, expressing the unique and inimitable lifestyle of their creators. Casa Mexicana Style is a welcoming invitation to bask in the beauty of these homes, to enjoy their charm and sophistication.
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In "Casa Mexicana Style", the long-awaited follow-up to his successful 1989 book "Casa Mexicana", photographer Tim Street-Porter once again allows us to experience the extraordinary beauty and variety of Mexican homes. Casting a discerning eye across the contry's residential landscape, he takes us on an insider's tour of the most spectacular homes Mexico has to offer. The houses of Mexico have a rich past and are the product of a unique culture that mixes the heritage of the indigenous peoples - the Aztecs, Mayas, and Toltecs - with that of the Spanish invaders. They are also strongly influenced by the land itself, for Mexico ranges from seashore to desert, from jungle to mountaintop, from a city of more than 20 million to a wilderness where time seems to stand still. In "Casa Mexicana Style", Street-Porter captures the full range of Mexican homes in 250 brilliant photographs of more than 40 locations.
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