Ultimate Tropical

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This is the definitive survey of domestic living in the tropics—from traditional forms to the latest in contemporary design—with a particular emphasis on Asia and Oceania. The authoritative selection of lush images and the informative commentary by a noted design writer set this title apart from others on the subject. Featuring over 500 photographs, this book depicts the amazing richness of architectural and interior design styles found throughout the tropics. Rustic and luxurious, simple and ornate, historic and...
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Overview

This is the definitive survey of domestic living in the tropics—from traditional forms to the latest in contemporary design—with a particular emphasis on Asia and Oceania. The authoritative selection of lush images and the informative commentary by a noted design writer set this title apart from others on the subject. Featuring over 500 photographs, this book depicts the amazing richness of architectural and interior design styles found throughout the tropics. Rustic and luxurious, simple and ornate, historic and contemporary—the tropics contain startling visual and stylistic juxtapositions that all share an exotic quality and somehow work together to create harmonious, comfortable spaces for living. The styles featured here range from traditional bamboo stilt houses filled with simple charm to the most opulently decorated grand homes. One of the common denominators of all the tropical styles featured is how they blend seamlessly with the environment and attempt to create a harmonious balance between human needs and nature. However remote the location, all of the homes and interiors showcased are designed to respond and adapt to their natural settings. This book is the ultimate visual resource for the tropical lifestyle, and anyone who views these images will be inspired to view their own surroundings with fresh eyes.
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"This is a beautiful book and the perfect antidote to cold, icy weather." ~Newsday

"Escape hum drum everyday life and dive into Rizzoli's latest fantasy getaway tome, Ultimate Tropical." ~StyleBeat.com

"...the next best thing to taking a trip to exotic locales..." ~South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"If you're dreaming of an ultra-luxe tropical respite – maybe some exotic, exclusive hotel in the middle of the ocean – you'll want to pick up Ultimate Tropical (from Rizzoli), stat." ~ShoppingsMyCardio.com


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847831616
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 685,159
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Luca Invernizzi Tettoni is the author of numerous groundbreaking books that focus on tropical lifestyles, including The Arts of Thailand, Arts and Crafts of Thailand, and The Tropical Garden. He lives in Thailand.
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Table of Contents

Vernacular 18

Colonial 62

Tropical Contemporary 108

By the Sea 154

Heritage Living 214

Tropical Chic 264

Living With Nature 296

Garden Glory 348

Index of places, acknowledgments 400

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