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The first comprehensive consideration of the residential design of the back-to-the-land movement, “Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design” exposes the roots of “green” architecture as it travels across North America and to the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and Australia. From deep in the redwood forests of Big Sur, California, to the craggy, pink-sand beaches of Sardinia, Italy, this book visits houses in which cost-cutting DIY improvisation, eco-consciousness, art, and craft harmoniously converge.

Author Richard Olsen shares the stories of how, starting in the early 1960s, these daring, boldly creative designers and builders—some of them architect/carpenters, some of them entirely untrained in design and construction, and many of them in their 20s and 30s—sought to create a simplified, down-to-earth kind of house amid a world of political and environmental upheaval and technological dependency. Using sea boulders, old barn wood, wine vats, stained-glass windows from churches, and a host of other treasures that were at one point bound for landfills, these designer-builders created deeply personal, one-of-a-kind dwellings—some for as little as $1,000.

As the book’s coverage moves through the 20th century and into the 21st, the architectural and design emphasis on rich texture and warm patina and the simple, handcrafted ways of old finds new applications and relevance. Here we see the source material for today's renewed fascination with architectural artifacts, the well-worn industrial look marketed by retailers such as Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, and Ralph Lauren RRL Ranch. With a wealth of inspiration and practical ideas to be gleaned from more than 25 featured residences, Handmade Houses is an important and relevant volume for anyone interested in environmentally focused personalization in the home.

Handmade Houses; A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design
By Richard Olsen
With Photography by Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood


PUBLICITY: NICKI CLENDENING
Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
(212) 387-3400





ISBN:  0847838455

Edited by Allison Power
Design by Lynne Yeamans

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“The book is beautiful, informative, and beguiling. What Richard Olsen has assembled is an attractive and engaging book, suitable for coffee table, bookshelf, or drawing board. Through interviews, research, and the collaboration of his photographers Lucy Goodhart and Kodiak Greenwood, he has created a beautifully tactile storybook about a passion to build.”—Gordon S. Grice, New York Journal of Books

“This tale is a lot more than hippies and hot tubs, however. Olsen provides a thorough history of the owner-built, woodbutcher movement from places like Big Sur, California, and Prickly Mountain, Vermont. And he addresses the sources of handcraft construction: Buddhist architecture of Japan, Norwegians cabins, Sea Ranch in California, Gaudi, Maybeck, and Jung, to name a few). Works from Europe and Australia provide an international context.”—William Morgan, Architectural Record magazine

“Handmade Houses gives a rich overview of both the imagined and tangible world of building.  Its spirit of optimism and enthusiasm echoes that of the 1960s when art and craft were one, and closely linked to social and political issues.  Richard Olsen shows that it is once again a relevant partner in our society’s search for meaning.” —James Hubbell, Artist

“Today we experience increasingly standardized and commodified homes and lives. In this beautifully written and illustrated book, Richard Olsen shows us another way—a path toward beauty and comfort in harmony with nature.”—  Sim Van der Ryn, Founder, EcoDesign Collaborative

“Soulful carpentry, with richly textured photos of stunning homes. It’s the best book on handmade homes I've seen in many a moon, highlighting design (much of it sans architects), craftsmanship, and the lustre and radiance of wood.”—Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications