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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable - the best available in English,
This review is from: Classic Swedish Interiors: The Houses of Lars Sjoberg (Hardcover)I've got all the Swedish interiors books/ Swedish historic interiors books available in English, including several by this author, but this is my favourite. This journey through one man's lifetime of restorations works on two levels - the photographs are remarkable (gentle, dark, brooding, decay) and the text is equally gentle, informative and fascinating.
I'll often buy an interiors book based on liking just one property - but here they all thrill. In fact it is only when you see these buildings all together you realise the impact this one man has had on creating what we understand as the Swedish historic country style - you've probably been noticing his restorations in magazines for decades without realising that they were the work of this one man. I don't know Lars, but after reading this book I'd certainly like to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIDDEN HISTORY,
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This review is from: Classic Swedish Interiors: The Houses of Lars Sjoberg (Hardcover)Having been given a design book,earlier this year, showcasing Swedish designers and Swedish
influence on other designers, I have begun to take a new interest in the culture of design in
Sweden, having had a jaded view hanging over in my case from my college days since the 60's. Thinking primarily of typically open weave and geometric printed textiles, blond wooden veneers and large scale intertwined lampshades constructed in plastic or wooden strips!
So coupled with my enthusiasm for beautiful books and interiors I stumbled across this Lars
Sjoberg publication.I was completely drawn in by the stunning moody photographs.Images framed
by shuttered windows, open doorways,through arches, the forms reiterating the furniture structures.The light is reminiscent of Britain,strong light blasting through silhouetted windows casting shadow, painting subdued light over the interiors and sculpting the contents.A simple chair quietly settled next to a table presenting a copper kettle.But infact far from ordinary when discovering how the evidence of the buildings was revealed which in turn is the decider for the colours and textures etc.
The interiors are gently exposed by unravelling the personal history of each room/building. This lovely reasoning brings the whole thing to life and of today.The colour ranges through soft chalky whites,duck egg blue,greys,jade/mint greens heating up with creams,rich ochres,warm peaches to earthy browns hot paprika and deep terracotta. These colour combinations are closely connected to the exteriors not just of the architecture but also the landscape and environment.This is subtly shown through the pages moving from interior to exterior and environment.This is a reminder of how all cultures grow and develop reflecting the world around them.
Layer upon layer of pealing paint and wallpaper tells the story of the past life and times of each interior but is also an additional beauty.
Sjoberg is multi-faceted, part historian (even known to have advised/designed IKEA on a successful household furniture range). It is in this context that adds to the intrigue of the book as understanding the historical context of the buildings and artefacts deepens and enriches the enjoyment. It's a little like being told a (factual) fairytale, something most
of us find magical. There are many spectacular large cased clocks featured throughout the book, one describes the inclusion of a musical box which is intended to play on the hour every
hour.How lovely is that?
The text is informative, succint and an easy read, adding an extra dimension for me personally.It describes the processes involved in the rescuing, conserving and sensitive restoration of a group of buildings based on the individual requirements of the relevant period from around the 17th/19th centuries.
I have learned a great deal from this book making it a pleasurable and refreshing experience.
I was not expecting this result as I suspected it to be on the dull side, however this wasn't the case.
Thanks for reading
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Classic Swedish Interiors: The Houses of Lars Sjoberg by Lars Sjoberg (Hardcover - 2 Sep 2010)