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The author and photographer have collaborated to reveal the artworks and architectural secrets that lie behind the doors of some well-known and lesser known, landmark buildings in and around the ‘Mother City’. These buildings are part of the country's collective heritage, reflecting the myriad cultural influences that have shaped South Africa.
These ‘hidden’ interiors include the Sendinggestig Museum, South African National Library, City Hall, Palm Tree Mosque, Welgelegen, the Royal Observatory, Bertram House, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, Groote Schuur, the Old Synagogue, Irma Stern Museum and the officer’s mess of the Cape Town Rifles (‘The Dukes’).
Superb photography coupled with interesting and informative text, this is essential for anyone interested in South African architecture, design or cultural history.
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PAUL DUNCAN is a former editorial director at Condé Nast Independent Magazines and the former editor of Condé Nast’s House & Garden (South Africa). He is currently Head of Design for Homeware at Woolworths. Son, grandson and great-grandson of architects, Paul was educated in Cape Town and at the University of Edinburgh, where he swapped training in architecture for a degree in Fine Art. He was the London-based correspondent for Condé Nast’s Casa Vogue in Italy and Casa Vogue in Spain. His articles on buildings, interiors, lifestyle and design have been published in the United Kingdom in The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard. His books include collections of South African interiors entitled Down South and Down South Two. Style Icons is his 10th book. Paul lives in Cape Town.Review:
Hidden Cape Town, by Paul Duncan and Alain Proust, is beautiful book with many full page photographs of thirty of the most impressive and well known historic buildings in this beautiful city. Proust, a world famous photographer, and Duncan, a well-known former writer for Conde-Nast, have combined their expertise to create this outstanding book. Most people who live in or visit Cape Town pass these impressive buildings frequently and often may wonder what their facades hide. In the brilliant, color-filled pages of this book you will go inside to study the works of art, the architecture, and the history of these magnificent buildings, which you might not otherwise be able to explore. A marvelous book!
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Book Description Random House Struik, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1431702994
Book Description Random House Struik, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB00QO3PDUO