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Home: A Short History of an Idea
Home
A Short History of an Idea
Paperback      ISBN: 0140102310

Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small--from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments--on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of home.

You'll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more. Most of all, Home opens a rare window into our private lives--and how we really want to live.

Feng Shui: The Chinese Art of Placement
Feng Shui
The Chinese Art of Placement
Paperback      ISBN: 0140196110

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on principles from design, ecology, architecture, mysticism, and common sense. In this masterful work, Sarah Rossbach interprets the teachings of feng shui master Lin Yun for contemporary Westerners, offering the classic essentials on achieving harmony with one's environment. They apply not only to the layout of a building, but also to the arrangement of furniture within a room and to the best design of offices and public spaces -- in short, to any arrangement of man's environment. Learn the philosophy of this centuries-old art to help you achieve financial prosperity, good health, and happiness in today's complicated world.

South African Style: Exteriors, Interiors, Details
South African Style
Exteriors, Interiors, Details
Paperback      ISBN: 3822839132

Presents a multi-hued collection of interiors that range from Dutch colonial to traditional wood and thatched-roof houses, townships, modern city apartments, and funky artist homes, reflecting the country's tumultuous political history, while celebrating its rich culture.

new entrance design
new entrance design
by DAAB
Hardcover      ISBN: 3937718249
High-Rise Living
High-Rise Living
Hardcover      ISBN: 1586854100

High-rise architecture has provided some of the most technically innovative and aesthetically interesting buildings of recent years, despite its checkered-and often controversial-history. It has also become some of the most desirable property available in cities throughout the world.
Andrew Weaving hands you the entrance keys to twenty-five different apartments-with-a-view in this rich collection of fabulous, spare photographs that capture unique views of these buildings and their highly livable interiors. High-rise Living features architecture and interior living spaces for high-rise condominiums and apartments in Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia, and the United States, divided in three categories: Classic, Now, and Future.
An engaging introduction recounts the highlights of high-rise architecture from its genesis in "ideal socialist cities" to its contemporary ideal as a solution to environmental and world population housing issues, and covers the work of such architectural greats as Louis Sullivan, Auguste Perret, Frank Lloyd Wright (yes, he did towers ), Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Erno Goldfinger, Bertrand Goldberg, I. M. Pei, the Archigram Group, Kisho Kurokawa, and others.
High-rise Living is a fresh look at modern, architecturally designed spaces in which to live, right in the heart of the city.
Andrew Weaving is a true high-rise aficionado who lives in one himself in London's Canary Wharf.

Cool Colors for Modern Living
Cool Colors for Modern Living
Paperback      ISBN: 1844005232

Tricia Guild is the queen of color. Her new palette of calmer, cooler colors is in perfect harmony with a contemporary lifestyle. Divided into chapters based on color groups, White Hot demonstrates the application of this new range of subtle hues in a selection of homes in urban and rural settings, deconstructing each room to explain the choices made. White Hot aims to show how to develop a personalised color palette to use at home, to bring more passion, beauty and individuality into your life.

Bungalows: Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build
Bungalows
Design Ideas for Renovating, Remodeling, and Build
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561584355

The books in this series are filled with design ideas and inspiration for remodeling, renovating, and building houses in classic American architectural styles. Readers will discover innovative strategies for living comfortably in traditional-styled homes.

Storage: Good Ideas
Storage
Good Ideas
Paperback      ISBN: 0061144207

Filled cover to cover with beautiful color photographs, Storage: Good Ideas provides numerous stylist and effective options for every room in your home. This idea book not only showcases innovative storage solutions, but also includes a resource section with information about featured products and manufacturers. With chapters on Living Rooms, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Studies, Stairs and Hallways, and Accessories, this book is a must-have for design professionals and anyone looking to organize and maximize space.

Creating the Artful Home: The Aesthetic Movement
Creating the Artful Home
The Aesthetic Movement
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1586857665

Creating the Artful Home: the Aesthetic Movement and Its Influence on Home Decor covers the history of a movement that emphasized "art for art's sake"-and the influence it had on home decor. The Aesthetic Movement in America lasted just a few decades (1870-1900), and served mainly as a bridge between the high Victorian sensibility and the radical shift to the Arts & Crafts style. The movement germinated among artists who used opulent color, decorative patterning, and lavish materials simply for the aesthetic effects they could evoke. It was commonly held that a home that expressed an artful, harmonious soul would instill high aesthetic and moral merit in its inhabitants. The Aesthetic Movement in America helped to popularize the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy beautiful, well-made homes and furnishings-not just the very wealthy. Artful homes could be composed from brilliant antique store finds, discriminating department store purchases, and gems hand-made by the ladies of the house. It was the moment when people embraced the idea that only a beautiful home could be a happy home.

Karen Zukowski delves into the movement's establishment, evolution, and main characters, and shows how today's homes can incorporate Aesthetic principles:

Through suggestion rather than statement, sensuality, massive use of symbols, and synaesthetic effects-that is, correspondence between words, colors and music.

How influential designers such as Clarence Cook and Charles Eastlake popularized the idea that beautiful homes with tasteful furnishings could be available to practically everyone

How today's designers, manufacturers, and retailers deploy the very same stylistic markers of the Aesthetic Movement: rich color, layered pattern and texture, mixtures of historical motifs

Glass Block Handbook
Glass Block Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 1889892025