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Publication Date: 2014-04-10

Inspiration

The Exceptional Homes of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects

Our design and architecture clients create distinctive and timeless interior and exterior spaces from the most traditional to more modern. Their work is often featured in magazines, online, and now in the books they have written. One of the most favorite monographs in my library is the glorious folio of the work by the firm of Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian called New Traditional Architecture: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects published by Rizzoli.

Mark and Oscar have been partners in their eponymous architectural firm since 1988. They create residences graced with traditional style, regional character and classic beauty. They collaborate with designers, landscape architects and artisans to produce homes that radiate a sense of place, feature impeccable craftsmanship and timeless elegance.

This book is as exceptional as the homes they create. Quite literally, the very first page captures what lies ahead with a detailed hand drawing of a beautiful fence with a classic post and urn finial. Shingle style, French-inspired houses, California Spanish-Mediterraneans, Georgian styles and Colonial Revivals with an American point of departure are interpreted to suit the lifestyle of the client as well as the site.

As Richard Guy Wilson says in his introduction, “their houses look right.” Drawings are still created by hand and inspired by architectural fragments, roof tiles, and elegant renderings of buildings that are on display in their offices. But, it is the library of monographs, pamphlets, books and magazines that provides a reference to the past. Their diligent research, a respect for the client’s needs and aspirations, and a remarkable dedication to a sense of place, leads to appropriate designs with character and personality.

Both Mark Ferguson and Oscar Shamamian worked for Parish Hadley, one of the country’s leading design firms that has incubated the talents of many great interior designers including David Kleinberg, Thomas Jayne, and Bunny Williams to name a few. They describe their experience as one that supported the decorators by inventing the background for decoration with architectural detail. All of their work shows a great fidelity to the past with classical symmetry and precise detail often modified for simplicity with great respect for geometry. Their houses are thoughtful with elegance and grace.

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