What Makes It Special
Elegantly luxurious presentation of the residential work of thomas kligerman, an architect renowned for skillful integration of contemporary flair into traditional designs. As a full career monograph, the book will feature iconic Kligerman houses built over the past twenty years and current projects that demonstrate the evolution of his architectural thinking. This will be a “deep dive” into the design process, illustrated by sketches and renderings as well as finished photography. An introduction by Architectural Digest design editor Mitchell Owens will provide an overview of the trajectory while Kligerman’s own essay will focus on his interest in developing a truly American style that reflects both the Puebloan style of the Southwest and the shingle style that has prevailed in along the East Coast since the late nineteenth century. Kligerman designs only single-family houses, and his clients have beautiful sites in the Hamptons and throughout New England with a few on the West Coast and in Texas. He is deeply steeped in the history of European and American domestic architecture and wonders whether there is (or can be) an American house paradigm. He grew up in Connecticut and New Mexico so the two strands that he draws on most art the solid adobe forms of Puebloan style and the lighter, more open shingle style. He also considers West Coast architects like Bernard Maybeck and English arts and crafts designers like Vosey and Lutyens. Rather than looking at single, specifc precedents and adapting them for contemporary life, Kligerman tries to incorporate multiple strands to come up with something new – “to move the needle forward,” as he says.
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