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The Art of Things

Product Design since 1945

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The most ambitious survey of its subject ever published, The Art of Things is a monument, and a key, to the objects that surround us.

 

For most of human history, the form of a useful object was determined by its maker, usually a single artisan working within a long cultural tradition. However, the Industrial Revolution saw the development of a curious new profession, that of the designer, whose job it was to decide the appearance and even the function of goods—whether typewriters or tableware—that would be manufactured by others or, increasingly, by machines. When the so-called consumer society emerged in full force after World War II, designers took center stage; some, like Charles and Ray Eames, became celebrities and icons of the new lifestyles they were helping to create.

Within the burgeoning design community, national tendencies emerged: The Germans and the Swiss, heirs to the Bauhaus, favored a modernist aesthetic in which form followed function, and the Scandinavians pioneered a warmer type of functionalism with their distinctive wooden furniture. The U.S. pursued a double strategy, in which home furnishings influenced by European modernism coexisted with frankly exuberant cars and kitchen appliances. Meanwhile, the Japanese consumer electronics companies took an early lead in the branch of industrial design that is perhaps most influential today—and is perhaps best represented by the image of Steve Jobs holding aloft an iPhone before an adoring crowd.

This splendid volume, itself a striking object, narrates the history of modern design in each of the major industrialized nations in turn. Its engaging text, written by leading historians of design, is accompanied by more than 700 vibrant color plates, illustrating both iconic designs and lesser-known but still influential creations.

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New Bar and Club Design

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A sophisticated, contemporary survey of fifty of the world’s newest and most stylish bars and clubs.

The sequel to the highly successful and critically praised book, Bar and Club Design, New Bar and Club Design is an elegant photographic journey through the latest international design trends in the bar and club industries, highlighting bars and clubs completed since 2001.

There has been a resurgence of cocktail culture and an explosion of the “style bar,” places that are professionally designed and serve high quality spirits, wine, and cocktails. Such bars have continued to open in cities such as New York, London, and Tokyo, but also in Beirut and Bangkok. Another strong trend in bar and club design, documented here, is a interest in creating lower budget designer bars that are as visually interesting and unusually designed as the big budget productions, such as Andy Wahloo in Paris and Loungelover in London. Likewise, club culture continues to thrive, albeit on a far smaller scale than the superclubs of the 1990s. Nightclubs have grown cozier, late night lounge bars have emerged to cater to the “grown-up clubber,” offering comfort and luxury rather than an empty shell in which to dance. The futuristic “superclubs” still being built now offer the very latest in technology and audiovisual entertainment.

This book explores the design zeitgeist of drinking and dancing culture worldwide. Divided by category into bars, restaurant bars, hotel bars, and clubs, each profile includes imaginative photographs, thoughtful descriptions, and architectural plans of the design. The innovative, sleek photographs allow the reader to enter into the ambience of each bar and experience its atmosphere. Sure to be an excellent guide for bar and club owners, architects and designers, as well as a sourcebook for new design inspirations, New Bar and Club Design will be appealing to travelers, night-lifers and design-lovers of every description.

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International Design Yearbook 21

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Now in its twenty-first year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

In this, the twenty-first edition of the leading international showcase of domestic design, guest editor and acclaimed Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola surveys the best furniture, lighting, tableware, textile and product designs of the last two years. Her eclectic selection ranges from futuristic kitchen products to chandeliers glowing and moving like jellyfish to wallpaper ripe with political imagery. The latest technologies are also featured, including a pen-shaped, Art Deco cellular phone from Nokia, the newest wireless music centers from Sonos and Phillips, and Apple’s most recent iPod variations and accessories.

Each object is illustrated with the superb photography that has helped earn the series its excellent reputation. In addition, full technical information, including a web address, is provided for each entry. Introductions by the editors provide insight into both the selection and the trends and issues currently influencing the design world. Designers whose work is featured in the book include key luminaries such as Ron Arad, Tord Boontje, Andrea Branzi, Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Ingo Maurer, Jasper Morrison, Gaetano Pesce, Karim Rashid, Richard Sapper, Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders. A biography is provided for each designer.

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Biedermeier

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In large format and sumptuous color, this volume surveys a nineteenth-century European style that has become all the rage in contemporary interior decorating.

After many years of undeserved neglect, Biedermeier furniture, painting, textiles, and decorative arts are enjoying renewed popularity. The Biedermeier era (1815–48) was a period of tranquility following the devastation of the Napoleonic Wars and a fertile time for the design and production of household furniture and accessories. The furniture of the Biedermeier period is characterized by architectural simplicity and the use of light-colored fruitwoods offset by contrasting bands of ebony and maple inlay. It is this timeless sophistication that has once again brought Biedermeier to the attention of collectors and designers around the world.

Biedermeier, with its newly revised introduction, serves as an unrivaled sourcebook for the furniture and décor of this period. Angus Wilkie traces the era’s complex history, giving a broad cultural and social background to the work itself. Providing an overview of the astonishing variety of furniture produced by local cabinetmakers from Germany to Scandinavia, this text showcases candlesticks, secretaries, and spittoons crafted in rich fruitwoods and decorated with inlays and sunburst veneers. With the aid of photographs of actual pieces and previously unpublished drawings, the regional designs are compared to one another, giving a rare view of the world of the nineteenth-century craftsman and of the design philosophy underlying the elegant aesthetics of the Biedermeier style. Wilkie’s pioneering research is accompanied by over 160 specially commissioned color photographs, as well as watercolors of Biedermeier interiors, sketches, original textile designs, and original drawings of furniture and draperies reproduced from the Imperial Archives in Vienna. With its display of entire rooms as well as individual pieces, Biedermeier has garnered a wide audience among decorators, homeowners, collectors, dealers, and historians.

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Design for Shopping

New Retail Interiors

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A strikingly illustrated exploration of today's most innovative and original retail interiors from around the world.

Retail design is quickly learning new ways to entice the customer. To create a unique and captivating shopping experience, shops use interactive technology and commission stunning works of art; fashion brands team up with celebrity architects to create brand strategies and generate publicity; and irony, humor, and playful elements of surprise turn into mainstays of retail interiors.

From the giant, breathing mannequins of Mandarina Duck in London to the high-tech dressing rooms of Prada in Los Angeles, Design for Shopping provides a detailed, behind-the-scenes examination of the sometimes jaw-dropping, sometimes whimsical, and always breathtakingly creative ways that today’s most exceptional shops appeal to the customer’s imagination.

Accompanied by architects’ floor plans and vivid color photographs, Design for Shopping showcases a comprehensive selection of recent retail interiors from around the world. Following an insightful introduction which examines the historical and sociological variables in current shopping culture, the book is divided into seven chapters which discuss themes such as the reinvention of old brands; technology and shopping; the emerging intersections between architecture, art, and fashion; play and shopping; new ways and places to shop; and how store design and branding have become intimately related to selling a lifestyle.

Fascinating case studies illustrate each of these themes, with thirty-five stores discussed in total. As a special feature, each chapter begins with an interview with a prominent figure in the world of retail design. Designers, architects, and retailers interviewed include Marcel Wanders, Hani Rashid, Amanda Levete, and Terence Conran.

The perceptive text, coupled with the gorgeous illustrations of the stores (shops presented include Gucci, New York; Helmut Lang, New York; Prada, Los Angeles; Armani, Hong Kong; Dior, Tokyo; Mandarina Duck, London; Fendi, Paris; Miss Sixty, Barcelona; Villa Moda, Kuwait City) makes this book a must-have for anyone interested in design, architecture, shopping, or culture.

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Radical Office Design

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A gorgeously illustrated worldwide survey of innovative workplace architecture that enhances the performance and well-being of today's professionals.

Traditional office work, characterized by repetitive clerical tasks, is rapidly giving way to “knowledge work,” characterized by the creative application and exchange of information. In response, architects around the world are leaving aside the old cubicle grid to design imaginative, high-tech offices that foster knowledge work and, at the same time, help workers balance the competing demands of colleagues, customers, and family. The forty-three exceptional workplaces profiled in this timely volume have all been completed within the last six years and serve a wide variety of organizations, both private and public, small and large. Examples range from the headquarters of an advertising firm where one enormous table seats all two hundred employees, facilitating communication, to a BMW plant where the factory production line runs through and above the administrative offices, unifying the corporate community.

The authors skillfully distinguish the primary trends in contemporary office design by dividing their engagingly written case studies among four chapters, each dedicated to a particular type of workplace. “Academies” encourage the sharing of knowledge within a corporate structure; “Guilds” allow the members of a profession to interact as peers; “Agoras” bring the workplace closer to the marketplace and to civic life; and “Lodges” combine the home and the office. Two hundred extraordinary color photographs and fifty architectural drawings show how the featured architects have configured public areas, meeting rooms, and private work spaces to meet the needs of today’s increasingly versatile and mobile workers.

The inclusion of an informative introduction, which outlines the economic and technological factors driving the rapid evolution of contemporary workplace architecture, further ensures that this attractive book will be an essential reference for everybody who has a hand in designing offices, and a thought-provoking read for everybody who works in one.

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Estancias

The Great Houses and Ranches of Argentina

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Two dozen of Argentina's most magnificent country estates are featured in this sumptuously illustrated volume.

From the rocky terrain in the North through the fertile pampa of the central provinces, all the way to the mountainous West and cold, desolate provinces of the South, the estancias of Argentina produced the high-quality meat and grain that gave the country one of the world's most powerful economies at the turn of the century. Built in a diversity of architectural styles, from Spanish farm-house to Edwardian country home, the residences of the estancieros are a fascinating hybrid of European and Argentine cultural traditions.

In an illuminating text, historian María Sáenz Quesada explores the cultural and social history of Argentina and provides captivating commentary about the families who built or occupy the estancias. She also examines the distinctive style of these country estates, their interiors, and gardens. Illustrated with exquisite color and vintage photographs, this opulently designed volume captures the rugged, romantic flavor of the good life on the Argentina pampa.

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Designing with Light

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An in-depth look at how light is used in contemporary architecture to delineate form, color, and space, with particular attention to major projects by international architects including Stephen Holl, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas.

The history of great architecture is the history of buildings that adapt creatively to light. Light possesses the power to transform an ordinary building into a majestic edifice that inspires awe. Architects rely heavily on light, looking to it as a tool that reveals form and forges the important connection between vision and construction.

Designing With Light, by award-winning architect Victoria Meyers, explores the myriad ways in which light is used in contemporary architecture, both internally and externally, to enhance the design and sense of space in a building. Vivid color photographs depict how architects employ light in buildings such as the Guggenheim Las Vegas and the National Gallery of Canada. Meyer looks at recent developments in the science of light, giving an overview of the history of light in architecture and demonstrating how the use of light in film, theater, and art has influenced light’s use in architecture. Meyers goes on to discuss how light creates architectural features such as color, line, and form, and how architects strive to control light through glass, windows, skylights, and the manipulation of shadow and reflection. She clearly illustrates these cases with intriguing examples from recent buildings designed by internationally renowned architects including Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, John Pawson and many others.

Meyers’ lively, informative text and hundreds of rich color photographs are sure to fascinate those interested in architecture and design. 

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International Design Yearbook 20

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Now in its twentieth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

In this, the twentieth edition of the leading international showcase of domestic design, guest editor and acclaimed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders surveys the world of design and identifies new, original and interesting work in the areas of furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles and products. His eclectic selection ranges from packaging for lipsticks and disposable underwear to a loft cube and inflatable mobile office space. The latest technologies are also featured, including a washing machine from Dyson, Apple’s mini iPod, a new robotic dog from Sony, and the world’s first intelligent shoe, created by Adidas.

Each object is illustrated with the superb photography that has helped earn the series its excellent reputation. In addition, full technical information is provided for each entry. The reference section provides readers with a comprehensive list of suppliers’ names and addresses, as well as biographies of the designers. New to this year’s edition will be an illustrated feature highlighting key events in the design world in the last twelve months, as well as quotes from well-known designers about their favorite designs of the year. As always, introductions by the editors, Hudson and Wanders, provide insight into this year’s collection and the issues currently influencing the design world.

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New Country Houses

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A richly illustrated overview of fresh contemporary trends in the residential architecture of the countryside.

The thirty houses featured in this beautifully illustrated volume range from a Portuguese vacation home whose granite facade blends seamlessly into an ancient system of agricultural terraces to a Japanese family residence whose translucent walls glow like a paper lantern in the nighttime, but they all embody the same contemporary architectural trend: a radical shift in thinking about the residential architecture of the countryside. An increasing exodus from the stresses of urban living has brought a positive and powerful design consciousness out of the cities into new and challenging environments. New Country Houses explores how architects today seek to reinvent the country house and develop a new rural architecture for the twenty-first century, rather than simply remodeling or recreating the methods and manners of the past.

Exercising his keen eye for architectural style, the author divides the book thematically into four chapters which correspond to contemporary architects’ primary approaches to the challenge of designing for the countryside: organic, vernacular, contemporary, and experimental. The individual case studies within these chapters include insights from the architects themselves and are augmented by both detailed plans and elevations and no fewer than 175 full-color interior and exterior photographs. A full complement of supplementary features—an introduction tracing the history of the country house, a bibliography, and an index—ensures that this book will serve as a guide and inspiration to architects, their clients, and all readers who are interested in the aesthetically groundbreaking, flexible, and ecologically conscious way of living represented by today’s new country houses.

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Restaurant Design

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A mouth-watering showcase of the world’s most inspirational and beautiful restaurant spaces.

-- An Architects and Designers Book Service Selection

The restaurant boom of the last twenty years has led to an increase in both the volume and diversity of restaurants in the world’s major cities. Consumer expectations have risen dramatically—restaurants have become so much more than simply places to eat.

As living space in the city shrinks and city dwellers have less private room to call their own, they are increasingly choosing to dine out in public spaces. These arenas are where the modern urbanite ”performs” his or her identity—where we eat and drink defines, to an extent, our social selves. Modern technology and communications have made us more mobile than ever, leading to an unprecedented awareness of other cultures. This is reflected in the rich diversity of food and design on display in today’s restaurants. In the twenty-first century, eating out is as much about entertainment as nourishment.

Now restaurants can look like anything from a bedroom (such as Supper– club Roma) to the Arabian-style Nomads in Amsterdam or the futuristic Pod in Philadelphia. As long as there’s somewhere to rest a plate, when it comes to inspiration, the world is the restaurant designer’s oyster. Restaurant Design celebrates the most inspirational and beautiful restaurant spaces from around the world—places built to seduce diners and fire the imagination. After a brief introduction tracing the history of restaurant design, the book is divided into five categories: Global, Retro-Pop, Modern Classics, High Concept, and New Baroque.

Internationally renowned designers featured include Christian Liaigre, David Rockwell, Philippe Starck, David Schefer, Jordan Mozer, Patrick Jouin, and Karim Rashid. From the modern elegance of Craft in New York to the quirky decadence of London’s Les Trois Garçons, this muse of a book features dining environments to suit every mood and every taste.

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Popular Art Deco

Depression Era Style and Design

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Covering everyday objects from chromium cocktail shakers to Bakelite radios, this colorful book traces the Art Deco marriage of art and industry.

Production-line objects from the 1920s and '30s are increasingly sought after as icons from a crucial era in American industrial design. The ornate style promoted by the 1925 Paris exposition dramatically affected design down to the most utilitarian level, ranging from dime store rouge pots to kitchen utensils, from advertising graphics to book and fabric design, from wallpaper to furniture.

This richly illustrated volume, with its comprehensive survey of the style that revolutionized mass marketing, will appeal not only to collectors, designers, and decorators but also to the general reader who seeks guidance to the increasingly important Art Deco marketplace.

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International Design Yearbook 18

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Now in its eighteenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

Covering the best and most innovative furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past eighteen months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world, this year's striking selections have been made by the acclaimed New York–based furniture and product designer Karim Rashid. In a departure from the Yearbook's traditional format, objects are grouped thematically according to current global design trends: Futuretro, Nukitsch, Phenomena, Organic, Embellishment, Multiplicity, Minimum, and Techno.

The book is richly illustrated in color throughout, and many images are accompanied by extended captions explaining their form, function, and innovations. Full technical data is given for each object, and a comprehensive reference section is included with designers' biographies and a list of suppliers' contact details.

An introduction by Jennifer Hudson provides an insight into Karim Rashid's background, working practices, and design vision, while Rashid's own introduction explains the reasoning behind his selections as well as his transformation of the Yearbook's presentation to reflect the multiple directions of international design today.

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In Your Space

Personalizing Your Home and Office

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An unconventional, illustrated guide to decorating the places where you live and work in a style that expresses your individuality and interests.

An inspiring book on design and a lively autobiography, In Your Space portrays Jenette Kahn's odyssey renovating and decorating her apartment in a landmark Manhattan building, her townhouse in Harlem, her office at DC Comics and MAD Magazine, and her country and guest houses in Connecticut. She fully describes her creative process throughout her search for innovative, personal solutions to such basic decorating problems as small spaces, low ceilings, and run-down fireplaces.

As Jason Schmidt's dazzling photographs reveal, she has created a fireplace with a crossword puzzle surround; a dining room with a faux frescoed ceiling of images by Renaissance artists; a painted musical score enlivening a folding closet door; and much more. Kahn also explores new sources for furniture, from Art Deco and mid-century modern to contemporary designs, all the while assembling a colorful, original collection of furnishings and art that reflect her personality. We accompany her on visits to dealers, artists' studios, and flea markets and overhear conversations with contractors and designers. In an exuberant writing style laced with humor and insight, the author shares her mistakes as well as her successes.

Whether or not our taste in decor is as modern or free-form as Kahn's, the methods she employs to achieve the results she wants are important for everyone to know. In Your Space provides an abundance of ideas and encouragement for anyone longing to create rooms of their own.

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International Design Yearbook 17

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Now in its seventeenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

Covering the best and most innovative furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past 18 months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world, this year's striking selections has been made by internationally acclaimed designer Ross Lovegrove.

Because the unique qualities of certain materials greatly impact the conception and design of any object, International Design Yearbook 17 has taken a fresh approach and organized items by the material used: metals, glass, textiles, plastics, and paper/wood/ceramics. The objects are lavishly illustrated, and full technical data is given for each. This who's who of domestic design features the vibrant new talent of Anna Pamintuan and Paolo Ulian, as well as remarkable work by Campana Brothers, Hishinuma, and Karim Rashid. A comprehensive reference section provides biographies of all included designers and a list of suppliers and their addresses.

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International Design Yearbook 16

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Now in its sixteenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary design.

Covering five major areas of domestic design, International Design Yearbook 16 devotes separate chapters to furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past 18 months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world. This year's selection has been made by internationally acclaimed architect and lighting designer Michele De Lucchi.

As fresh as the millennium itself, the annual presents futuristic technological ideas, such as Ron Arad's computer-animated vases, as well as reinventions of time-honored objects, like Sir Norman Foster's light design for Artemide. This who's who of domestic design includes the vibrant, modern talent of Emmanuel Babled, Jonathan Ives, and Ettore Sottsass, and design teams from Philips, Sharp, and Siemens. The objects are lavishly illustrated, and full technical data is given for each. A comprehensive reference section provides biographies of the designers, a list of suppliers and their addresses, and an updated list of design acquisitions at major international museums.

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Simply Safari

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With appeal for designers and home owners, this lavish volume shows how to combine African simplicity with colonial grandeur to create interiors with safari style.

Born out of the landscape of the African savanna, safari style is a dynamic combination of primitive architecture and the high decorative style of European explorers in Africa. From tree-house camps and thatched bungalows to lodges akin to small luxury hotels in the wild, the 26 lodges featured in this volume come from the southern African states of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Earthy color palettes, patterns, and textures are paired with the luxury and sensuality associated with the colonial safari to give us a romanticized version of "roughing it."

Accompanying 200 glowing color photographs is a inspiring text that will entice any home decorator into transforming a city apartment or country house into a home reminiscent of any of these African locales. Lodge addresses are provided for the intrepid traveler, and a source list makes it easy to find everything you need to recreate an African atmosphere with elegance, simplicity, and vitality.

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At Home in Bali

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An insider's look at the exotic, decorative lifestyle of the "island of the gods."

Hundreds of glorious photographs and an evocative text offer an insider's look at the exotic style of the "island of the gods."Since early this century, Bali's paradisiacal beauty and the remarkable spirit of its people have attracted a steady stream of artists, architects, anthropologists, mystics, and celebrities from all over the world, and the new residents have interpreted traditional Balinese style with elegant, chic, eccentric, and inspiring results.

Featured in this exquisitely illustrated volume are 24 exceptional homes, both traditional and modern, all shown in their lush tropical surroundings. They include the pondok pavilion dwellings of the rice fields, classic village houses, royal palaces, beach houses, spectacular mountain residences, and homes with magnificently designed gardens. The book also features the courtyard shrines and the public temples that play a role in daily life for both the Balinese and the newer residents.

A visitor's guide and international source list of Balinese wares completes this insider's tour of the island, making At Home in Bali the next best thing to being there.

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