ABOUT THE BOOK
An in-depth look at the design process of James Huniford, who is renowned for his skill in juxtaposing opposites-contemporary with traditional, rustic with refined-to create a timeless whole.
James Huniford, known to all as Ford, creates elegant rooms, comfortable reflections of their owners’ personalities and lifestyles, in a way that is both empathetic and intuitive. He blends old and new, high and low, formal and casual, with a skill that makes these contrasts look utterly effortless. Each of his projects is different, and each is an authentic response to its place and its occupants.
In James Huniford: At Home, Huniford explores his design process thematically, with chapters on approaching a room, considering scale and proportion, selecting materials and art, using color effectively, and marrying form and function. His goal is to create “a modern sensibility of calm.” Of special interest is his ability to create artworks out of objects he finds, compositions of tools, baskets, or metalwork that become compelling wall sculptures or freestanding pieces.
Examples are drawn from a wide variety of projects—elegant Upper East Side apartments to raw lofts on the Lower East Side to contemporary condominiums in new “supertall” towers in Manhattan, country houses in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Martha’s Vineyard, and across the country in Nashville and Marin County, California. Special insight into his process can be gleaned from his own homes, a loft in Tribeca, and a historic house in Bridgehampton that he readily admits are laboratories for his ideas.