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Space: A New Perspective on the Way We Live Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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Despite it's cool, coffee table appearance Space aims at a higher purpose, acting as a sourcebook to enable you to "think like an architect" when approaching the task of maximising your home's interior space. The first section of the book "Living Spaces" interestingly sketches out some of the social history of British housing in the 19th and 20th centuries and tries to come to terms with how we came to live in the cold shoe boxes so often associated with our suburban architectural landscape. Subsequently the chapters entitled "Shaping Spaces" and "Space Studies" illustrate just how certain enterprising individuals have circumvented the apparent restrictions (and planning regulations) of the original structure of the homes they moved into. 16 case studies are covered ranging from the fairly straightforward to the very adventurous.
Once you're over the initial shock of contemplating the number of cleaning staff these people must have following them around day and night, the case studies actually demonstrate rather effectively what can be achieved with relatively little space. You'll be forgiven for thinking at first glance that you're looking at beautifully photographed New York lofts. Most of the houses and rooms you're observing are average- sized suburban dwellings. It's not until you get to the final section of the book, "Doing It Yourself" that you can breath a sigh of relief. Finally, some clutter, mess and signs of human habitation. These homes are still exceptional, but the whole thing becomes that much more tangible; it could almost be you.
Space is a beautiful but not wholly practical guide. The strap line on the cover reads "Reshaping Your Home For The Way You Want To Live". To this, the more cynical reader could be tempted to add the words; "If You're Incredibly Rich!". Coming from the Conran Octopus publishing house the book is what you would expect in terms of superb photography and interiors so georgous they appear almost unreal. Nevertheless it will give you ideas about your "normal" home and how to optimise the space you have and it's a great book to have nestling in the clutter of your "normal" coffee table. --Tony Martin
The author has worked on numerous books, including "Alessi" and the "Dictionary of 20th-Century Design".See all Product description
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4 November 2001
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Eye candy and inspirational photographs for anyone living or aspiring to live in a stylish cosmopolitan contemporary home in [mainly] London. The text along with the occasional floor plans are there if you're really enthusiastic - but it's the photos that the book is here for. A coffee table necessity for anyone with a Habitat filled bookshelf stocked with the likes of "Terance Conrans Essential House Book", "Smart Storage", "The Home Office Book" or "Terance Conrans' Small Spaces".