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The Way We Live

Making Homes / Creating Lifestyles

Stafford Cliff, Gilles de Chabaneix

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A treasury of ideas for living – the style book to end all style books


The Way We Live is the ultimate guide to home making, presenting in a single source of reference design ideas from across the world, from different cultures and from different times.

Gilles de Chabaneix’s atmospheric and inspirational images feature interiors and exteriors, settings and details, and offer a visual commentary on the textures, colours and forms that make up the environments we shape for ourselves.

Where we live need not define the way we live. We can take lifestyle ideas from across the globe and use them to create a unique approach to the design of our own homes. Beautiful and practical, The Way We Live is much more than a decorating guide, it is a treasury of ideas for living – the style book to end all style books.

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'Lavish and irresistible … a visual celebration of the multifarious ways in which we live'
The Times

'An inspirational mosaic of decorative ideas … feast your eyes'
Elle Decoration

'A visual treat … crammed with more than 1,000 photographs of the world’s exteriors and interiors'
Daily Telegraph

'Remarkable … stunning images … an excellent treat that should not be missed'
Arts & Collections International

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound PLC with flaps (no jacket)

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 24.0 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Illustrations: 1162

Publication date: 19 April 2010

ISBN: 9780500288498

Contents List

Introduction: the way we live • Where We Live: Environments and Locations around the World • Building for Living: Constructions, public and private, secular and sacred • Just Living: Inside and Outside the Home • Designing for Living: The home environment • The Indexes: the complete guide to design and style ideas

About the Author

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

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