DINING UNDER THE STARS MEDIA PA

Readers of House & Garden will be familiar with the stunning pictures of houses and interiors taken by Tim Street-Porter, the British-born photographer who moved to California some eighteen years ago. In this book he surveys in words as well as images the astonishing variety of domestic architecture in Los Angeles. At the beginning of this century California produced its own Arts and Crafts movement marked by low-slung eaves and impeccable timber craftsmanship. Between 1910 and 1930 a rich variety of historical revivalist styles appeared, including Spanish Colonial, Islamic and Venetian. In away, Modernism was equally diverse, as can be seen in Frank Lloyd Wright’s highly individual approach and Richard Neutra’s â˜machine’ aesthetic. Ecleticism was as strong as ever in the Thirties, when â˜Regency’ and â˜Tudor’ made appearances, and later houses swing from extravagant decoration to modern minimalism. Anything and everything seem right for this city, and Bette Midler’s and Diane Keaton’s houses add a touch of Hollywood star interest. (Above: a living-room in the Storer house, Hollywood, by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1923-24.) CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE IN BRITAIN: THE HEROIC AGE by Giles Worsley (Yale University Press, £24.95) This book deals with that great period of British architecture: the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Looking at it from an original perspective, the author asserts that the Palladian style, introduced to England by Inigo Jones around 1620, was more dominant than has been previously thought and that, despite the emergence of Baroque, Palladi-anism lay at the heart of the architecture of the era. He also looks at Scottish, Irish and American architecture of the period, and discusses Gothic Revival. Handsomely illustrated with the most important surviving buildings as well as with examples of those that sadly no longer exist, this is a valuable addition to the literature of the period which the author so aptly describes as â˜the Heroic Age’. (Left: The Stone Hall, Houghton Hall. Norfolk, by Colen Campbell. 1722.)

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