Atmosphere: The Seven Elements of Great Design
James Michael Howard‘s formal training at Parsons prepared the Atlanta and Jacksonville designer for an illustrious career defined by his ability to combine classical and modern sensibilities. His sumptuous rooms offer an embracing experience that simultaneously stimulates and calms the senses. Now, 21 years after founding his eponymous firm, Howard’s first volume enounces his seven elements of great design. First, there is style; then scale and proportion; followed by rhythm, light, color, texture and, finally, one too often relegated to afterthought: sound. The author illustrates each with five exemplary residences, then dedicates the new tome to his wife, lauded decorator Phoebe Howard, with whom he shares shops in Charlotte, Jacksonville and Atlanta, and a furniture line with North Carolina-based Sherrill Furniture.
PHOTOS: MAX KIM-BEE, COURTESY ABRAMS BOOKS
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