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The Way We Live

In the City

Stafford Cliff, Gilles de Chabaneix

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A visual, in-depth view of lifestyles in cities around the world, from New York to Cairo, from London to Saigon


Gilles de Chabeneix was fascinated by the life of cities around the world, both as complete entities and as compendiums of urban detail in the form of streets, houses, apartments, offices, bars, cafes and people. Beyond and behind the life of the streets lie the private spaces - interiors and rooms where the tastes and aspirations of individuals are reflected in the design and arrangement of myriad objects set amid a whole panoply of different colours, textures, materials and finishes. This book illustrates the ways in which people go about creating their own personal environment and the detailing they apply to it.

City Homes looks at city dwelling in the round, throughout the world.

City Spaces focuses on the details of city living: the places we devote to cooking, bathing, eating and sleeping.

City Surfaces is a study in itself of interior decoration: colour, texture and materials.

City Detail demonstrates the ways in which even restricted spaces can be made interesting and inviting: arrangements of art and objects; 'cabinets of curiosities'; detailing of storage space; external embellishments.

City Life is an amazing photo essay of cityscapes around the world: buildings, street life, communities.

Every opportunity to make cross-cultural comparisons and connections is taken, providing a truly international view of the city experience, and creating a whole book that is effectively a compilation of inspirational ideas for stylish urban living.

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'So much more than an interiors book … a truly international view of urban living'
The Times

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 363

Publication date: 26 March 2007

ISBN: 9780500513361

Contents List

Introduction • Cityscapes • City Homes • City Spaces • City Surfaces City Detail

About the Author

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

Gilles de Chabaneix was a world renowned travel and lifestyle photographer.

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