For decades the East African savanna has attracted Europeans yearning to experience life with nature at its closest - on safari. Drawing on their experiences during the safari, these visitors have created a compelling style of living distinctly displayed in the architecture and interiors of the homes, safari lodges and camps they have established across the vast eastern reaches of the Eastern continent. Safari Style offers a sample of this appealing approach to interior design, with its emphasis on relaxed living, its elemental approach to texture and colour, its borrowing of native African patterns and architecture, and its vital interaction with nature.
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As Western lavishness collided with striking native elements in the vast reaches of the East African savanna, the Safari style was born. Blending ethnic African with colonial European, the look emphasizes relaxed yet luxurious living, drawing on an elemental approach to texture, color, and pattern, and on indigenous materials and design. Exploring 21 spectacular homes in glorious color, Safari Style takes us on an expedition through a fantastic Moorish residence in Kenya, a hotel in Zanzibar masquerading as a Persian palace, an Italianate villa on a former coffee plantation in Nairobi, a tree house hideaway perched in the Ngong hills, and a host of other extraordinary dwellings. Though most of us will never live anywhere so unique, we can certainly find countless great ideas here to incorporate into our own more humble abodes. This is about a lot more than a few animal-print pillows and some swags of mosquito netting; it's about Old World elegance and evocations of the pleasures of exotic travel, even if we only get to enjoy it from the comforts of a cushy mudcloth-covered armchair. --Amy HandyAbout the Author:
Tim Beddow specializes in interior and travel photography, and has a particular interest in African subjects. Previous commissions have taken him to the Sahara, were he spent a year documenting desert life, and East Africa to capture the landscape. Natasha Burns was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and spent much of her early journalistic career writing about the visual arts of Africa. She is now based in London.
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Book Description Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110500283605