A signature shingled house in a New York suburb, a renovated mid-century modern house in San Diego, a glass-and-brick house near Seattle, a beach house on the Atlantic coast, a reimagined historic building in Brooklin, Maine—the projects featured in this book vary widely in style, location, and materials, but all share a common sensibility. For John Ike, partner at Ike Baker Velten and formerly a founding partner of the award-winning firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, they are all vehicles illustrating the myriad ways architecture is created. His involvement in them ranges from mentor to principal architect and designer, but all are collaborations, and in each chapter he focuses attention on a person who was particularly instrumental in realizing the project, whether the interior designer, the landscape architect, the contractor, a craftsperson, or the client. With an authoritative text by seasoned architecture and design writer Mitchell Owens and specially commissioned photography, John Ike: 9 Houses, 9 Stories explores and celebrates the inextricable bond between the architect and those who implement his vision, a give-and-take that results in singularly designed residences.
John Ike has been practicing architecture and design for more than four decades. He travels widely, and his aesthetic is influenced by the architectural traditions and regional inflections of the places he visits, particularly Italy, Scandinavia, Mexico, and northern Canada. In 1989, following a formative stint in the office of Robert A. M. Stern, with whom he had studied for his Master of Architecture degree at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, he co-founded Ike Kligerman Barkley. During his thirty-three years with Ike Kligerman Barkley, the firm published two books, Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses and The New Shingled House. It received numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award, the DDB Stars of Design Award, the ICAA Julia Morgan Award, and the ICAA Stanford White Award, and it was named to the AD100 and the Elle Decor A-List. In 2023, Ike co-founded his new firm, Ike Baker Velten. As a designer, he has collaborated on the glass furniture line Chroma D with photographer Irene Mamiye. A father of three and an avid hunter and fisherman, Ike spends his spare time working on his mid-century modern residences in New Jersey and San Diego and his loft in Oddfellows Hall, a historic 19th-century ceremonial lodge in Brooklin, Maine.
Mitchell Owens is the American editor of The World of Interiors and a host of @indegaretravel. He was formerly decorative arts editor at Architectural Digest. He lives in New York.
Architecture and interiors photographer Richard Powers has photographed more than 20 books and his work appears regularly in the US and European editions of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, The World of Interiors, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in the south of France.
Architect John Ike, a founding partner of the award-winning firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, firmly believes design is a collaborative process—and a process that needs to be celebrated. Each chapter in his newest book, 9 Houses/9 Stories, focuses on a person who was instrumental in realizing the respective project and how they along with Ike went about achieving their vision.
Design is a collaborative process…and although each house bears his visionary imprint, John Ike does not limit these intriguing narratives to his purview, but rather welcomes his colleagues and clients to share their perspectives.
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