KR+H's work is in the newly published Classic & Modern: Signature Styles by architects Alan Barlis and Dennis Wedlick. We're delighted to be a part of both this firm's work and the book, which presents fourteen stories of homes designed by BarlisWedlick Architects. Each story illuminates how the practice of good design can successfully embrace "one-of-a-kind styles derived from the personalities, tastes and narratives of those that live within."
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
In Classic & Modern: Signature Styles, Dennis Wedlick explains, "The goal of the book is to inspire others to discover their own signature style. The examples in this book reveal not only the expressive art of architecture but also the importance of creating a "good home" — one that is based on the principles of good design, has character, blends comfort with practicality and is sensitive to it's environment."
In meeting a new client, Dennis "wonders what their signature style might be: Are they minimalists at heart or the more romantic type? Would they be most comfortable in clean, crisp, modern spaces filled with natural light or classic rooms filled with texture and history?" Dennis finds that "More often than not, people's personal style is often a bit of both. Most people are attracted to various qualities of different architectural styles and cannot easily be defined as minimalist or romantic, modern or classic."
As the book's website explains it, "...when homeowners are empowered to identify their personal sense of style - while also understanding the underpinnings of good design - they become full participants in the creation of their own one-of-a-kind homes. This is how signature style is born."
"ECO: STYLE MEETS CRAFTSMANSHIP & STEWARDSHIP"
"ECO" is the story of the home where KR+H's craftsmanship resides. This home has also received acclaim as "The Hudson Passive Project." The book notes that "It is credited as being the highest performing passively heated and cooled house in the nation." We love that it is not only sensitive to our environment but also employs the art of architecture and craftsmanship that can so directly sustain us in our home life.
Beyond "Eco," the range of stories in Classic & Modern: Signature Stylesis far reaching. "'The Minimalist,' for example, tells the story of avant-garde artist Marina Abramovic and her interpretation of a modern loft in the heart of New York City."
In "Part I: Signature Modern, " along with "Eco" and "Minimalist," there are stories of "Rural," "Rustic," "Organic," and "Retro."
"Part II: Signature Classic," includes "Revival," "Stick," "Colonial," "Cottage," "Shingle," and "Neoclassic."
Throughout, there is a fresh look at Classic and Modern; often the boundaries are blurred.
As Paul [Reidt] remarked, "The categories of style are as varied as the clients. And it's a look at architecture that isn't about the architects who become our heroes for their singular style but about the critically important and significant number of architects who extend, expand, improve on the design yet are always focused on their customers' varied and often remarkable ideas for the homes they live in."
The essence that connects the work of these architects and all the stories in Classic & Modern: Signature Stylesis expressed by Julie Iovine in her introduction to this book:
"...the underpinning fundamentals of good design have always been constant: Proportion, Scale and Light. Understanding how to establish the most pleasing relationships for these essential qualities creates the framework that allows all other choices to fall more easily into place."
Thank you Alan Barlis and Dennis Wedlick for sharing your passion. Your writing offers a vibrant and endearing viewpoint that both deepens and broadens our understanding of how the fundamentals of good design can walk hand-in-hand with signature style.