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Caribbean elegance
Connors, Michael W.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
Physical Description:
175 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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NK2468 .C66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Caribbean Elegance is an illustrated survey of the lifestyles, dwellings and varied furniture styles and decor of the island groups that make up the Caribbean region. It also includes a brief history of the islands and their economies.

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Connors, a West Indian decorative arts scholar, presents a comprehensive guide to the development of West Indian furniture and its makers during the colonial era. Detailing the historical and sociological influences at play, he shows how each island's furniture began by reflecting the styles of the various ruling countries (England, Holland, Spain, Denmark, or France) and later evolved into a uniquely Caribbean style as the islands' furniture makers, who were primarily African slaves, began to develop their skills and incorporate African decorative motifs into their designs. Use of the islands' hardwoods, such as mahogany, and the prevalence of items best suited to the climate, such as caned rockers, four-poster beds, and armoires, further defined the style. Numerous color photographs show the furniture in historic buildings. Contributing to the publisher's multivolume series on international style (e.g., Alexandra Bonfante-Warren's Moroccan Style), Kemp (Stylish Settings; Beachfront Homes) offers a mainly pictorial work, with some text explaining the decorative touches that make up a tropical Pacific island or Caribbean island look. Illustrated with numerous color photographs, the book gives a succinct overview of the decorative, architectural, and furniture styles of contemporary interiors in the Pacific and Caribbean islands. Kemp's book is recommended for large or regional libraries where this look might be popular (e.g., Hawaii, Florida, California), whereas Connors's book is highly recommended for academic, professional, and large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.