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Living Modern

The Sourcebook of Contemporary Interiors

Richard Powers, Phyllis Richardson


This generation's interiors bible – the ultimate resource for contemporary living

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Understanding 'modern' as much more than 'modernist', Living Modern is all about clean lines, elegant colour combinations, maximizing indoor-outdoor relationships, showcasing great design objects and creating open areas for lounging, cooking and dining.

Hundreds of photographs have been drawn from stylish residences around the world, particularly from places where easy modern living has achieved its best expression, such as Brazil, California, Scandinavia and Australia, but also from places where streamlined forms have been fused with vernacular styles. From desert to jungle, from city to country, 'modern' has a wide spectrum.

With clean, elegant design and thematic structure, together with a comprehensive index of designers and architects, and directory of stockists, this book offers anyone looking to create their own stylish and contemporary interior a complete source of inspiration.

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'Truly beautiful … inspiration for anyone trying to create a modern space in their home'
Daily Telegraph

'The ultimate resource for those with an interest in contemporary design and modern living. Packed with 350 pages of inspiring text and images, it showcases the most stylish interiors of the last decade'

'A great resource for contemporary living'
Grand Designs

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 21.5 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 376 pp

Illustrations: 740

Publication date: 5 August 2013

ISBN: 9780500516980

Contents List

Contents: Introduction; Places (Desert; Forest; Jungle; City; Seascapes; Mountains; Rural; Tropical; Remote); Styles (Retro; Mid-century Modern; Elegant Eclectic; High Rustic; Minimal; Bold Baroque; New Ethnic; Opulent); Outdoors (Terraces; Courtyards; Lounging; Cooking and Eating; Planting; Pools; Vistas; Garden Design); Architecture (Open-plan; Double-height; Inside-out; Hallways; Balconies; Levels; Openings; Partitions; Overhang); Function (Entrance; Living; Cooking; Dining; Bathing; Working; Entertaining; Sleeping); Materials (Stone and Brick; Wood; Glass; Metal; Concrete; Natural; Marble; Mixed); Surface (Polished; Rough; Texture; Panelled; Painted; Floors; Tiles); Ambience (Natural Light; Colour; White; Neutral; Pattern; Texture; Screens; Contrast; Fire); Elements (Objets d’Art; Fixtures; Soft Furnishings; Mirrors; Stairs; Storage; Display; Windows; Lighting); Furniture (Iconic; Sculptural; Modern; Multi-functional; Built-in; Antique; Plush; Vintage; Simple); Directory of Designers/Architects; Credits; Directory of Stockists; Index.

About the Author

Richard Powers’ books include The Iconic House, Beyond Bawa and New Natural Home, all published by Thames & Hudson.

Phyllis Richardson has published numerous books on lifestyle, interiors and building, including multiple volumes of the ‘StyleCity’ travel series.

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Richard Powers, Phyllis Richardson

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