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Style and grace : African Americans at home
Adams, Michael Henry.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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NK2115.5.E84 A35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
NK2115.5.E84 A35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Oversize

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The doors to America's most soulful homes are thrown wide open in Michael Henry Adams' dynamic new volume, Style and Grace: African Americans at Home. With unprecedented access to the private residences of today's leading African Americans, this deluxe book celebrates and explores the African-American tradition of flair and creativity in home design and decoration. The first book of its kind, it is a rare and intimate portrait of unique individuals living in beautiful surroundings. From the relaxed and comfortable style of Russell Simmons to the eclectic decor of photographer Gordon Parks to the refined elegance of U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, Style and Grace: African Americans at Home illustrates a wide array of individual design and taste. With easily accessible text, renowned historian and scholar Michael Henry Adams places each individual home within a larger historical and cultural context. His delightful accounts of the residences are paired with more than one hundred fifty original photographs by Mick Hales. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Michael Henry Adams studied at Columbia University and is an expert on the architecture and culture of Harlem. He has been featured in countless articles on the architecture and preservation of Harlem and has contributed to a number of books on New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This volume features the urban and suburban homes of affluent African Americans in the New York City environs, primarily in Harlem, which is appropriate since Adams is an expert on the culture and architecture of this area. Unlike Sharne Algotsson, who in her book African Style described how to create a personal interpretation of African style for the home, Adams does not attempt to define an African American style of decorating but shows, with 150 color photographs by Hales, interiors whose styles are as diverse as are their inhabitants, from a "found," homey style to a sleek, modern style. The homes of Congressman Charles Rangel, photographer Gordon Parks, and Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons are included. Recommended for large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Exceptional African-American Decorp. 9
Michael Henry Adamsp. 17
Alma and Charles Rangelp. 27
Phyllis Briley and Rocky Baron Bolerp. 35
Donna and Peter Sandersp. 43
Gwen and Alvin Claytonp. 49
Kimora Lee and Russell Simmonsp. 55
Norma Jean Darden and Joshua Givensp. 63
Courtney Sloane and Cheryl Rileyp. 67
Sylvia Watersp. 73
Nancy Lanep. 85
Lana Turnerp. 93
Joy and Kesha Crichlowp. 98
George Faisonp. 101
Gordon Parksp. 107
Richard Dudleyp. 113
Gordon A. Chambersp. 131
Johnny Machado and Gerd Brecklingp. 137
Michael McCollomp. 143
Curtis Q. Phelpsp. 149
Emil Wilbekinp. 153
David Lloyd Flemmingp. 157
Indexp. 160