Books & Books in Coral Gables will host West Indian decorative arts scholar, Michael Connors, who will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 15, at 8pm.
Caribbean Houses, the South Florida News site reports, is “a lavishly illustrated and comprehensive history of architecturally significant houses in the West Indies. With the disappearance of so much of the Caribbean’s historic domestic architecture, the colonial residences that still exist take on a far more important role in the historical record of the Caribbean’s material culture. Connors examines the venerable houses that remain as a testimony to the rich history and vibrant lifestyle that was, and continues to be, an important part of Caribbean culture.”
The stunning photography, all done exclusively for the book, captures the varied exteriors and provides a rare look into the interiors of these historic houses revealing exotic tropical hardwoods, indigenous stone, and a harmonious blend of local crafts, antiques, and contemporary furnishings.
Michael Connors has over thirty years of experience in writing, consultation, and teaching in fine and decorative arts. An antiquarian in the true sense of the word, he received a Ph.D. in Decorative Arts from New York University where he taught for fifteen years. In the late 1980s he established Michael Connors International, Inc. and he has become a key resource to dealers, designers, private collectors, and museums looking for absolute integrity in European, American, and Colonial West Indian fine and decorative arts.
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