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Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators [Paperback]

Francesca Gavin , Andy Sewell
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4 May 2009
Creative Space looks at the studios, apartments, and homes of the designers, directors, stylists, artists, graffiti writers, curators, novelists and innovators that are pushing the boundaries of contemporary culture. These are interiors created by people who shop in Colette in Paris, live on the Lower East Side in New York and travel to Tokyo. The domestic spaces are often DIY and strongly reflect pop culture. Filled with post-modern pop collectables, vintage junk finds, camouflage and graffiti, clothing and toy collections, contemporary art resting in bookshelves and crammed onto walls, these homes are an antidote to the sterility of minimalism. Among the interiors featured in the book are those of Barcelona architect Juan Redon, Paris artist Artus de la Villeon, New York graphic designer Corliss Elizabeth Williams, and Berlin gallerist Johann Heahling von Lanzenauer. Each is at the forefront of the creative world, and the spaces they inhabit and work in give a real image of todayâs avant garde. The book goes through the interiors city by city.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 1 edition (4 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695886
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francesca Gavin is a writer and editor based in London. She is currently Visual Arts Editor at Dazed & Confused magazine. She has written features and reviews for publications including Another, Blueprint, i-D, Art Review, Contemporary, Intersection, Marmalade, RA magazine, The Sunday Times, and Wonderland. She has written two books: Street Renegades: New Underground Art (2007), and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art (2008), both published by Laurence King.

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4.0 out of 5 stars L'Appartemnets Artistique 20 Feb 2010
I don't usually look at interiors books, but on a whim during a visit to Utrecht a while ago, I found a book called "Inspired", about what various graphic artists used to trigger ideas. I enjoyed that and decided to look at this after reading about it in a zine. This is not your normal interiors book. If you're looking for what amounts to little more than design porn, this is not going to do it for you. If you want to see the kinds of interiors that some creative people actually live and work in - many of the people here work where they live - this is for you. I live in what is more or less a white-box-with-bookshelves and what I wish I could live in is the colourful clutter that most of these people create. You and I have carpet on the stairs, one of these places has a staircase covered in multi-coloured scraps of wallpaper, vinyl and paint. All these interiors are the work of the person who lives there, not, as in every other interiors book, the work of a professional designer being paid a lot to interpret their client's brief, or a professional designer using their own home as a promotional tool. There is a fair proportion of white rooms with props, but there's also a Japanese girl living in a bare concrete flat and another living in a series of (pale) pink rooms. I find it much more useful than a "pro book" because I have a chance of affording some of the looks. The interviews are worth reading and the people run the range of appearance - individuality is not just for the tanned, slim and moneyed. This may well be the only other interiors book I ever buy (I also have Ilse Crawford's "home is where the heart is").
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By SasaJ
I really liked this book and the spaces profiled were very interesting to see, but as one other reviewer has already said, you can see more photos of interiors if you go to the apartmenttherapy website or designsponge sneak peaks. However, they don't quiz the home/studio owners' about themselves as much as this book.

Another disappointment was that the people they interviewed often spoke about certain rooms or pieces of furniture, but then these images were never shown.

It is certainly an interesting peek into the lives of others, but even more pics would have been better, especially as you can get all this kind of thing - and more - online for free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pastime 6 Jan 2010
Looking into peoples homes. What better past time is there? I'm a complete and total nosey parker so I love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity is Alive and Strong 6 May 2009
By Kerry Louise Schofield - Published on
Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators infuses inspiration with guided examples for any artist who wants to create art in their living space in the here and now. This book is written for all creative types who aspire to create great art no matter what their current living conditions. It offers short biographies of working artists including photographs of their homes where they live and work. Website addresses are provided for further evaluation.

This is not a book about "minimalism" as the author, Francesca Gavin, so aptly states. Rather it is about the collectible state of an artist's mind where living and creating intertwine in their chosen home. The non-visionary may not be attracted to the more is more philosophy that many artists aspire to as Gavin points out, "blank space with clean lines is an easy aesthetic choice for those lacking in creative imagination."

At first glance the bold typeface used liberally in the book is blaring. But after reading and viewing the photographs, the large, black typeface blends with the smaller copy into a perfectly seamless combination. The book is value-packed with color photographs and extensive copy and features more than 30 successful, worldly artists. Also included is an introduction and city guide along with a pre-introduction front and publisher back inset.

Full-size photographs accompany a one-page biography of each artist. There are many examples and ideas for organizing space to accommodate supplies, collectibles, and found objects--all fuel for creative thought. Some of the spaces are large, some small, some cluttered, some not-so. You will be driven to read and view all of the 207 pages.

The important and underlying theme of the book allows the reader to accept his or her own personal space for creating art no matter what the circumstances. There is a theme of collective thought among the artists presented running throughout the book. Artists are inclined by nature with energy and drive to create. This book fills that yearning partly because it presents unity of thought and habit among creative individuals. I would like to see a similar book published featuring struggling artists in shabby interiors.

There are other books and magazines available on creative space, but Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators reflects in its pages the everyday artist who has made art his or her livelihood. It shows by example that creativity is alive and strong in a homogenized world. You will be inclined to put this book in your satchel to take on a journey where you can steal away some time for intimate reading and dreaming.
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite a disappointment 16 July 2010
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Normally I adore eclectic, funky and creative use of space and thought this book would fit that bill. I love all things fun, urban and even kitschy and am always interested to see how artists live and what inspires them. So I was surprised to see how uninspiring and flat this book felt. To be generous I found two spaces worthy of attention. Sorry, I gave the book away and can't remember which ones they were. The rest I found to be very dull. Cannot recommend.
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