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Home Front Inside Out Hardcover – 1 Nov 2001

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563534001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563534006
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gorgeous, pouting Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and reliably rugged Diarmuid Gavin return in Home Front Inside Out, a collection, amply illustrated, of house and garden make-overs that range from the soigné to the startling. The recipe is familiar--the ambitious transformation of humdrum house and garden spaces into environments expressive of aspects of their owners' lifestyles and personalities--but the results can be extraordinary, even by the standards of this pair. Need to add a focal point to the garden of a 30s house which Diarmuid is refashioning along Art Deco lines? A giant revolving egg, mirrored like a disco ball and concealing a cocktail cabinet, is the answer. Laurence himself describes a curvaceous 50s-inspired circular kitchen, installed no doubt for very good reasons, as "part-Sputnik, part-Wonderbra". A reference to a bathroom mobile as being inspired by "Alexandra Calder" adds a suitably ambiguous note.

Gavin's gardens, with their consistent use of concrete, wood and metal as strong, defining structural elements, are more of a piece than Llewelyn-Bowen's fanciful but precisely detailed responses to rooms, but the boldness and wholeheartedness of both are refreshing to a high degree. They court mockery with their flirtations with historical and cultural kitsch, yet the finished spaces are undeniably thought provoking, and the boldness of approach is, in many ways, liberating. If they can make readers and viewers think in new ways about how they use their customary places, the authors will no doubt consider their time well spent. --Robin Davidson


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This books is a great read and its lively text has done much to make me want to get stuck in and revolutionise my home and garden. I found Diarmuid Gavin's writing particularly interesting and useful and am very much looking forward to his next book. The book looks great and has been beautifully designed and put together. Well done the publishers!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Laurence LLewelyn-Bowen and Diarmuid Gavin produce what seem to be on the face of it, incredibly incredible indoor and outdoor spaces. The designs inspired by real-life aspirations for real people who have to inhabit these spaces long after the camera has stopped rolling.
Yet somehow as each brief unfolds itself, a way through the design maze is found and Laurence turns the suburban into the sublime in his own distinct way - these strikingly innovative and sometimes achingly beautiful spaces do not so much marry with the graphic and fluid outdoor spaces conceived by Diarmuid, but live in luscious sin with them! This book will not only inspire greatness in all who read it - but might just inspire you to run down to Homebase for those mirrored walls or a mexican pink fireplace for your sitting-room or better, suddenly make you yearn to install an wonderful outdoor cinema with funky neon for your friends to enjoy! Surely that got to be better than staying in to watch 'Friends'.
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By Winksartist on 23 Dec. 2014
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A bit disappointed
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