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Collecting is an art form, and our homes are the intimate museums where we display our treasures – and with them, aspects of ourselves. Stafford Cliff and Gilles de Chabaneix offer a fascinating compilation of images that celebrate the ways in which we integrate our favourite decorative objects into our homes.
From the lavish display of expensive and cherished antiques to the imaginative use of found objects, the collection showcases Gilles de Chabaneix’s gift for photographing revealing remarkable interiors throughout the world.
Flea Market The display and storage of street market finds
Tribal Decoration and detail from ethnic art around the world
Art Home Imaginative displays of prints, photographs, paintings and sculpture
Antiques The best use of your most treasured possessions
Religious The decorative iconography of votive images and artefacts
Rustic The charm of found objects from nature
Kitchenalia Pre-plastic-era culinary paraphernalia and its decorative possibilities
The Way We Live With the Things We Love is for decorators, collectors and anyone who believes that beauty is in the details, and that every stone, stool or statue tells a story.
About The Authors
Stafford Cliff was formerly Creative Director of the Conran Design Group in London. He is the co-author and art director of Style book series, also published by Thames & Hudson.
Gilles de Chabaneix was for many years one of France's most prominent photographers of design and lifestyle.
The Way We Live transcends all other style books to reveal global connections and patterns in home decoration. What we see in other contexts, other cultures, can also affect our own lives. This is a sourcebook of thousands of possibilities … Beautiful and practical, The Way We Live is much more than a decorating guide — it is a design for living.In The Press
‘Beautifully photographed and remarkably well researched … one of the most intelligent design books on the market’ – One of Terence Conran’s ‘Six Best Books’, The Daily Express
‘An inspirational mosaic of decorative ideas ... feast your eyes’ – Elle Decoration
‘Stunningly rich ... a feast for the eye and inspiration for the creative juices ... a mix between National Geographic and a trip to the Design Museum’ – Interior Design Magazine
‘A veritable smorgasbord of eclectic inspiration … Filled with ideas for the magpie within you’ – House & Garden
‘A fabulous reference point for those craving a comfy-chic setting and lived-in aesthetic’– The Essential Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Magazine
Published: May 2009
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 22.9 x 3.9
Weight (kg): 1.38