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From the Land: Backen, Gillam, & Kroeger Architects
Text by Daniel P. Gregory, Foreword by Diane Keaton, Afterword by Stanley Abercrombie, Photographed by Erhard Pfeiffer
About This Book
Elegant rusticity meets unpretentious luxury in the work of this award-winning architecture firm. Howard Backen, principal of the architecture firm Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, is at the center of a popular movement in home design that emphasizes elegant simplicity and embraces the rustic charm of natural materials. This volume, the first on his work and that of the firm, is an artful exploration of this aesthetic, featuring farmhouses in the Napa Valley, hilltop homes, seaside retreats, and lakeside hideaways. Throughout the work, a sense of intimacy, warmth, and informality pervades. Natural materials, such as wood, stone, and brick, form the foundations, walls, and ceilings of these subtly luxurious spaces, while nature itself plays a considered role that is at once complementary and also intricately conjoined with the work. Sensitive, alluring, and wonderfully resonant with the suggestion of invitation, the work of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger is both thrilling to the eye and restorative to the soul.
About the Author
Daniel P. Gregory is former senior home editor of Sunset magazine, author of Cliff May and the Modern Ranch House, and editor-in-chief of Houseplans.com. Diane Keaton is an Academy Award–winning actress, director, and author whose most recent books include House and California Romantica.