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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


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

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

Product Information

Book Details

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

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