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The Way We Live

By the Sea

Stafford Cliff, Gilles de Chabaneix

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A marvellous evocation of building, designing and living by the world’s oceans

Overview

This book marries Stafford Cliff’s unerring eye with the remarkable photography of Gilles de Chabaneix to present a marvellous portrayal of the delights of living by the world's oceans, a catalogue of opportunities for getting the best out of a life by and on the sea, reflected in the following sections.

Seaside Architecture surveys many types of building specifically associated with the sea; holiday villas in France; stone cottages in Scottish fishing villages; beach huts in Mexico; cabins in the Caribbean; new apartment developments in California.

The Extended Aspect is a richly illustrated account of how seaside and seafront dwellers have approached the problem of linking homes with the sea itself: terraces, decking, jetties, platforms and private beaches.

Seaside Colours & Materials looks in close detail and in a wide variety of contexts (including some inland) at the creative use of the colours, materials and textures we traditionally associate with the sea: whites, blues, greens, bleached wood, pebbled effects, dappled glass.

Washed Up treats of the accidental aspects of a seaside life: opportunities to use the rich pickings of the seashore and coastal waters to practical and decorative effect – the flotsam and the fruits of the sea.

Life Afloat, the final chapter, is a sequence of images of the ultimate experiences of living by the sea: from houses actually built out over the water to life aboard private boats.

Every opportunity to make cross-cultural comparisons and connections is taken within this book and all sections are fully cross-referenced and indexed, so that the whole is effectively a dynamic compilation of solutions to creating one’s own place by the sea.

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Reviews

'Stunning photography makes it the perfect coffee-table book to transport you from a gloomy day in the city straight to the seaside'
Vogue

'Seaside heaven in every shape and form is dished up in this stunning new book'
Evening Standard

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Specifications

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 250

Publication date: 15 May 2006

ISBN: 9780500512531

Contents List

Seaside Architecture * The Extended Aspect * Seaside Colours and Materials * Washed Up * Life Afloat

About the Author

Stafford Cliff was formerly Creative Director of the Conran Design Group in London.

List of Contributors

Stafford Cliff, Gilles de Chabaneix