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Hidden Johannesburg (Hardcover): Paul Duncan Hidden Johannesburg (Hardcover)
Paul Duncan; Photographs by Alain Proust 3
R420 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R90 (21%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Johannesburg: Egoli to some, Jozi to others. Once a mining town, now the most important commercial city in Africa. It’s been home to renegades and rogues, colonialists and capitalists, the dispossessed and the newly enriched. Today it’s populated by those who call themselves Africans or Afrikaners, by blacks, whites and every shade inbetween, and by immigrants from all over.

There are suburbs where the daily rituals of Jewish culture rival New York’s; elsewhere, the tone is more Lagos than laid-back. Remnants of the colonial era stand alongside contemporary steel and glass. In a town that prides itself on the pursuit of fortune, it’s a challenge to preserve heritage, and it is against this background that Hidden Johannesburg offers a snapshot of 28 notable buildings. From the stately mansions of the Randlords to their downtown headquarters, the clubs where they socialised and the churches where they worshipped, the architecture of early Johannesburg lives on in sandstone, granite, marble and slate. But this is a city that constantly reinvents itself, and where the old is all-too-readily demolished to make way for the next ‘big thing’. Some buildings will survive, others will be consigned to memory.

Hidden Johannesburg reveals fragments of the history of this vibrant city but, perhaps, the book also tells us something about our future, for if we allow our heritage to be swept away in the name of progress, are we advancing at all?

Hidden Cape Town (Hardcover): Paul Duncan Hidden Cape Town (Hardcover)
Paul Duncan; Photographs by Alain Proust
R420 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R90 (21%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Now revised, this book takes a unique look ‘inside’ 29 of Cape Town’s most notable buildings. If you have ever wondered what lies behind an interesting facade, or wished you could peek behind a closed door, Hidden Cape Town is the book for you. The author and photographer have collaborated to reveal the artworks and architectural secrets that lie behind the doors of some wellknown, and lesser known, landmark buildings in and around the ‘Mother City’. These buildings are part of our collective heritage, reflecting the myriad cultural influences that have shaped our country. 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 and the officer’s mess of the Cape Town Rifles (‘The Dukes’).

South African Artists At Home (Hardcover): Paul Duncan South African Artists At Home (Hardcover)
Paul Duncan 1
R220 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R44 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

An artist’s canvas reflects the face he chooses to show to the world, but the place in which that art is made is seldom revealed.

Paul Duncan was given unparalleled access into the homes and lives of fifteen of South Africa’s most revered artists. Over countless mugs of coffee or glasses of wine, he listened and observed as they spoke about their lives, loves and the way they make their art. South African Artists At Home takes the reader into some very private spaces, affording us a glimpse of what the artist goes home to at the end of the day.

For some, the work space and home space are irrevocably intertwined. For others, home is a sanctuary. Or perhaps it is the studio that is the sanctuary and home is where ‘real life’ happens.

Either way, if you have an interest in art, artists, and the often bizarre way that making art intersects with living life, you’ll find this book intriguing.

Pilgrim Spy - My secret war against Putin, the KGB and the Stasi (Hardcover): Tom Shore Pilgrim Spy - My secret war against Putin, the KGB and the Stasi (Hardcover)
Tom Shore
R471 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R102 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This is one of the great untold stories of the twentieth century. It is a first-hand account of a mission by an SAS soldier sent behind the Iron Curtain by MI6 to find someone who didn't necessarily want to be found and how, on a follow-up mission, he found himself manoeuvring against a mysterious KGB officer - one Major Vladimir Putin and a murder plot by Kremlin hardliners. If the plot had succeeded, it would have given the Russians the excuse they were looking for to roll out the tanks across East Germany, the Berlin Wall would not have fallen - and the map of Europe would look very different today. It tells of roof top chases, the interrogation of terrorists to gain vital information, a beautiful, East German female (who he suspected of being a Stasi spy), betrayal by people he trusted, an escape through forests pursued by enemy agents and ending in a climactic gun battle at Colditz castle, formerly used by the Soviets as a psychiatric hospital to detain dissidents. In James Bond novels, it is MI6 operators who carry out this type of work, but in reality, when facing a committed foe in an isolated and deadly environment, the intelligence agencies call upon members of the British Special Forces. This is the first insider account of how UK operators working undercover, do what needs to be done in order to protect the UK's interests abroad - revealing their hidden hand in world events.

Remarkable Heritage Houses Of South Africa (Hardcover): Nini Bairnsfather Cloete Remarkable Heritage Houses Of South Africa (Hardcover)
Nini Bairnsfather Cloete 2
R605 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R108 (18%) Within 4 - 8 working days

From a grand sandstone mansion rescued from dilapidation in the scrubby Free State veld, to a romantic Arts & Crafts style double-storey that presides over a halfacre of prime real estate in the high Berea suburb of Durban, Remarkable Heritage Houses of South Africa provides a privileged glimpse inside 20 of the country’s most distinguished, remarkable and treasured private residences.

Predominantly constructed no later than the mid 1950s and chosen for the singular legacy each keeps alive, these are homes that blend architectural integrity with an uncanny sense of place. Some more ‘historic’ than others, they have been sensitively rescued or meticulously preserved, or simply kept current with custodianship that has at all times respected their unique pedigree. Strikingly captured by distinguished photographer, Craig Fraser, they cover the full gamut of locations, architectural genres and interior decorating styles, yet have all been skilfully adapted to meet the demands of modern living.

Who Built Scotland - A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings (Paperback): Kathleen Jamie, Alistair Moffat, Alexander... Who Built Scotland - A History of the Nation in Twenty-Five Buildings (Paperback)
Kathleen Jamie, Alistair Moffat, Alexander McCall Smith, James Robertson, James Crawford
R245 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R27 (11%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'What we build always reveals things that are deeply and innately human. Because all buildings are stories, one way or another.' Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson and James Crawford travel across the country to tell the story of the nation, from abandoned islands and lonely glens to the heart of our modern cities. Whether visiting Shetland's Mousa Broch at midsummer, following in the footsteps of pilgrims to Iona Abbey, joining the tourist bustle at Edinburgh Castle, scaling the Forth Bridge or staying in an off-the-grid eco-bothy, the authors unravel the stories of the places, people and passions that have had an enduring impact on the landscape and character of Scotland.

Architects of Death - The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps (Hardcover): Karen Bartlett Architects of Death - The Family Who Engineered the Death Camps (Hardcover)
Karen Bartlett
R502 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R127 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Home Alone 2019 Wall Calendar (Calendar): Universe Publishing Home Alone 2019 Wall Calendar (Calendar)
Universe Publishing
R266 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R62 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Florence - A Traveler's Funbook (Paperback): Patty Civalleri Florence - A Traveler's Funbook (Paperback)
Patty Civalleri
R140 R113 Discovery Miles 1 130 Save R27 (19%) Pre-order
Making Massive Small Change - A Compendium of Ideas, Tools and Tactics to Build Viable Urban Neighbourhoods (Paperback): Kelvin... Making Massive Small Change - A Compendium of Ideas, Tools and Tactics to Build Viable Urban Neighbourhoods (Paperback)
Kelvin Campbell
R730 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R188 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The key to fixing our broken patterns of urban development does not lie in grand plans or giant projects; rather, it lies in the collective wisdom and energy of people harnessing the power of many small ideas and actions to make a big difference. We call this making Massive Small change. In an increasingly complex and changing world where global problems are felt locally, the systems we use to plan, design, and build our urban neighborhoods are failing. For three generations, governments the world over have tried to order and control the evolution of cities through rigid, top-down action. Yet, master plans lie unfulfilled, housing is in crisis, the environment is under threat, and the urban poor have become poorer. The system is not broken: it was built this way. And governments alone cannot solve these problems. But there is another way the Massive Small way a concept developed by Kelvin Campbell, the innovative founder of Urban Initiatives, an internationally recognized urban design practice based in London, and curator of Smart Urbanism [Massive Small], one of the largest LinkedIn communities in the field of online urbanism. Making Massive Small Change, the first truly comprehensive sourcebook to come out of this work, showcases cities as they really are deeply complex, adaptive systems. As such, it offers an alternative to our current highly mechanistic model of urban development. With roots in the work of great urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs, Christopher Alexander, and E. F. Schumacher, Making Massive Small Change integrates this thinking with Complexity Theory and a scientific understanding of sustainability and resilience in cities. It sets out the enabling protocols, conditions, and behaviors that deliver Massive Small change in our neighborhoods. It describes and illustrates the ideas, tools, and tactics being used to help engaged citizens, civic leaders, and urban professionals to work together to build viable urban society, and it will show how effective system change can be implemented. Highly illustrated with stunning graphics and photographs of cityscapes and urban life, this essential toolkit for the future can be called the next Whole Earth Catalog for twenty-first century urban planning and development.

The Unfinished Palazzo - Life, Love and Art in Venice (Paperback): Judith Mackrell The Unfinished Palazzo - Life, Love and Art in Venice (Paperback)
Judith Mackrell 1
R271 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R72 (27%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Abandoned unfinished and left to rot on Venice's Grand Canal, `il palazzo non finito' was once an unloved guest among the aristocrats of Venetian architecture. Yet in the 20th century it played host to three passionate and unconventional women who would take the city by storm. The staggeringly wealthy Marchesa Luisa Casati made her new home a belle epoque aesthete's fantasy and herself a living work of art; notorious British socialite Doris Castlerosse (nee Delevingne) welcomed film stars and royalty to glittering parties between the wars; and American heiress Peggy Guggenheim amassed an exquisite collection of modern art, which today draws visitors from around the world. Each in turn used the Unfinished Palazzo as a stage on which to re-fashion her life, with a dazzling supporting cast ranging from D'Annunzio and Nijinsky, through Noel Coward, Winston Churchill and Cecil Beaton, to Yoko Ono. Individually sensational and collectively remarkable, these stories of modern Venice tell us much about the ways women chose to live in the 20th century.

Our Uninvited Guests - The Secret Life of Britain's Country Houses 1939-45 (Hardcover): Julie Summers Our Uninvited Guests - The Secret Life of Britain's Country Houses 1939-45 (Hardcover)
Julie Summers 1
R478 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R173 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Julie Summers has an amazing instinct for unearthing good stories and telling quotes.' Craig Brown, The Mail On Sunday. 'This is an enjoyable book, peppered with examples of under-reported wartime heroism.' Robert Leigh-Pemberton, The Daily Telegraph 'It's hard to believe that there are still untold stories about Britain and World War II, but Julie Summers has unearthed a fascinating one that she tells with great verve and style. All in all, Uninvited Guests is a sheer delight.' Lynne Olson, author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island A remarkable narrative set against the dark days of World War Two, from one of the country's foremost social historians. Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler's Luftwaffe. Julie Summers gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain's greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundings.Blenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library; Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery. Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria's favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds' magnificent French chateau-inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five. The Northern Highlands, where the fierce warriors of Scotland's past developed their unconventional military skills, played host to the most extreme form of warfare, training agents in the fine arts of sabotage, subterfuge and assassination. The juxtaposition of splendour and opulence with the everyday activities of people whose needs were at odds with their new surroundings is at the heart of this book. This thought-provoking and evocative narrative captures a crucial period in the social history of Britain. Praise for Julie Summers: 'Superb...highly recommended' Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 'A remarkable collection of stories...a rich and moving book' Mail on Sunday 'Summers is a good and knowledgeable writer...powerful, emotional stuff' Independent 'A poignant, lingering account' BBC History Magazine 'A revelation - full of information, reminiscences, humour and social history. Reading it not only gave me great pleasure but also made me proud to be a member of such a long lasting, valuable and vital organisation' Helen Carey OBE, former chairman of the National Federation of Women's Institutes

New Modes - Redefining Practice (Paperback): Chris Bryant, Caspar Rodgers, Tristan Wigfall New Modes - Redefining Practice (Paperback)
Chris Bryant, Caspar Rodgers, Tristan Wigfall
R690 R480 Discovery Miles 4 800 Save R210 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Story of Design (Paperback): Charlotte and Peter Fiell The Story of Design (Paperback)
Charlotte and Peter Fiell
R601 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R185 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The Story of Design, by world-renowned design writers Charlotte and Peter Fiell, is a must-have read for all design students and practitioners and for anyone interested in how our man-made world has been moulded and improved. This is a beautifully illustrated and accessibly written history of the development and evolution of design. A fascinating multi-stranded account that is truly comprehensive in its scope, it introduces the styles, movements, theories, materials, processes, technologies, leading practitioners and companies that have shaped design into what it is today. Providing an excellent overview of developments in design with regard to wider social, cultural and political matters, this is a must-have book for anyone with an interest in design.

Design Engineering Refocused (Hardcover): Hanif Kara, Daniel Bosia Design Engineering Refocused (Hardcover)
Hanif Kara, Daniel Bosia
R878 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R233 (27%) In stock

The contents of the book will highlight the differences between the design and engineering disciplines - strengths and flaws. It will also illustrate examples of interdisciplinary interactions. Any false dichotomies will be revealed and the many non-linear processes borne out of challenging conventions between traditional and new modes of practice will be revealed. Projects based on a body of experience spanning many years will be selected to support experimentation that goes beyond an undisciplined search for originality, innovation and creativity. In addition to writings from Hanif Kara and Daniel Bosia contributions will be sought from specialists in the field who have played a role in the operations of P.art(R) at AKT II - past and present - qualifying them to disseminate and distribute a particular form of 'knowledge'. Features work of architectural practices: Adjaye Associates, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, HOK, Serie Architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects. In addition to AKT II, it will encompass the work of engineers and engineering consultants such as: Arup, Cecil Balmond, Buckminster Fuller, Buro Happold, Pier Luigi Nervi and Peter Rice.

Hebridean Desk Address Book (Hardcover): Mairi Hedderwick Hebridean Desk Address Book (Hardcover)
Mairi Hedderwick 1
R315 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R38 (12%) Within 7 - 11 working days

This desk address book is attractively illustrated with acclaimed illustrator Mairi Hedderwick's beautiful sketches of seasonal Western Island scenes. The sketches have been collected over a period of forty years, and both the old and the new are represented here, showing the changing faces of the landscapes. Mairi's sketches range across most of the isles, from Tiree to St Kilda, expertly capturing their differences and characters.

The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover): Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover)
Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze; Photographs by David Southwood, Sally Gaule
R435 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R96 (22%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Fourthwall books is pleased to announce the publication of The Johannesburg gas works, edited by Monika Lauferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze. The Johannesburg gas works (now Egoli Gas) is a familiar and spectacular industrial landmark in the city. Its dramatic holding towers and redbrick futurist factories are close to the campuses of two universities and within site of the Brixton tower and the buildings of the SABC. Manufacturing at the site came to an end two decades ago and now gas is piped into the towers and from there into the surrounding neighbourhoods for business and residential use. In recent years, the gas works has attracted interest from architects, students, historians and the general public but its now-derelict buildings remain a mystery to most. This new book, the first comprehensive publication on the significant site, tells the story of the gas works and the manufacture of gas in Johannesburg, beginning in 1927. It includes essays by Clive Chipkin and Alex Opper that explore the architectural importance of the incredible buildings, the story of gas production in Johannesburg, the role of gas workers in the industrial development of the city, and the possible future prospects for the site. Maps, drawings and photographs take the reader into the heart of the factory as it was decades ago and as it is today. The Johannesburg gas works is an important contribution to the industrial and architectural history of the city.

The Interior Design Course - Principles, Practices and Techniques for the Aspiring Designer (Paperback, Revised): Tomris Tangaz The Interior Design Course - Principles, Practices and Techniques for the Aspiring Designer (Paperback, Revised)
Tomris Tangaz 1
R408 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R83 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Whether you are keen to develop your interest in interior design and build your skills, or to pursue a career and begin a portfolio, then this book is for you. Specifically designed to cover all aspects of interior design, this intensive course introduces the practice of basic design principles through set projects. Inspiration and imagination are the first key steps to starting your study. Whatever your background, this course will encourage your individual creativity and help you to explore and further your own design ideas.

Spectrum - Heritage Patterns and Colours (Hardcover): Ros Byam Shaw Spectrum - Heritage Patterns and Colours (Hardcover)
Ros Byam Shaw
R677 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R203 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This simply structured and highly original book analyses the palettes that have been used by designers in the creation of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the 15th century to the present. The colours used in each pattern are presented in a simple proportional grid, giving a clear understanding of hues that have been expertly combined at different periods to create the designs we continue to admire and emulate. Spectrum opens with a brief introduction by interior design expert Ros Byam Shaw, exploring the history of colour as used in interiors. The fabrics and wallpapers that follow are arranged chronologically. Each is reproduced on its own double-page spread, and is accompanied by a brief narrative-style caption that provides information about each fabric or wallpaper and its significance in the context of interior design. Unique in such a book are the colour grids shown beside each pattern, in which the colours in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colours in their own work.

Housing as Intervention - Architecture towards social equity (Paperback): Karen Kubey Housing as Intervention - Architecture towards social equity (Paperback)
Karen Kubey
R691 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R210 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Across the world, the housing crisis is escalating. Mass migration to cities has led to rapid urbanisation on an unprecedented scale, while the withdrawal of public funding from social housing provision in Western countries, and widening income inequality, have further compounded the situation. In prosperous US and European cities, middle- and low-income residents are being pushed out of housing markets increasingly dominated by luxury investors. The average London tenant, for example, now pays an unaffordable 49 per cent of his or her pre-tax income in rent. Parts of the developing world and areas of forced migration are experiencing insufficient affordable housing stock coupled with rapidly shifting ways of life. In response to this context, forward-thinking architects are taking the lead with a collaborative approach. By partnering with allied fields, working with residents, developing new forms of housing, and leveraging new funding systems and policies, they are providing strategic leadership for what many consider to be our cities most pressing crisis. Amidst growing economic and health disparities, this issue of AD asks how housing projects, and the design processes behind them, might be interventions towards greater social equity, and how collaborative work in housing might reposition the architectural profession at large. Contributors include: Cynthia Barton and Deborah Gans, Neeraj Bhatia and Antje Steinmuller, Dana Cuff, Fatou Dieye, Robert Fishman, Na Fu, Kaja Kuhl and Julie Behrens, Meir Lobaton Corona, Paul Karakusevic, Deb Katz and Brian Phillips, Matthew Lasner, Marc Norman, Julia Park, Pollyanna Rhee, Emily Schmidt and Rosalie Genevro Featured architects: Architects for Social Housing, Shigeru Ban, Tatiana Bilbao, cityLAB, Frederic Druot Architecture, ERA Architects, Futuristic Design Group, Gans Studio, Garrison Architects, Interface Studio Architects, Alberto Kalach, Karakusevic Carson Architects, Lacaton & Vassal, Light Earth Designs, PYATOK, Urbanus, and Urban Works Agency

Palaces for the People - How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life... Palaces for the People - How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Hardcover)
Eric Klinenberg
R502 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R127 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Living with Buildings - Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture (Hardcover): Iain Sinclair Living with Buildings - Walking with Ghosts - On Health and Architecture (Hardcover)
Iain Sinclair 1
R400 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R135 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'A remarkable book; surprisingly gripping and often very moving ... stories weave and unweave over the book's course, patterning thought into a complex built environment, at once disorientating and illuminating.' Robert Macfarlane

We shape ourselves, and are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise and even breathe. They can isolate and endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes and fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories.

In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions - through London, Marseille, Mexico and the Outer Hebrides. He explores the relationship between sickness and structure, and between art, architecture, social planning and health, taking plenty of detours along the way. Walking is Sinclair's defensive magic against illness and, as he moves, he observes his surroundings: stacked tower blocks and behemoth estates; halogen-lit glasshouse offices and humming hospitals; the blackened hull of a Spitalfields church and the floating mass of Le Corbusier's radiant city.

And he peels back layers of life. A father and his daughter, who has a rare syndrome, visit the estate where they once lived. Developers clink champagne glasses as residents are 'decanted' from their homes. A box sculpted from whalebone, thought to contain healing properties, is returned to its origins with unexpected consequences. Part investigation, part travelogue, Living With Buildings brings the spaces we inhabit to life as never before.

Writing the City into Being - Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Paperback): Lindsay Bremner Writing the City into Being - Essays on Johannesburg 1998-2008 (Paperback)
Lindsay Bremner
R315 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R65 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Writing the City into Being is Bremner’s long-awaited collection of essays, spanning more than a decade of work on Johannesburg. It is both an unflinching analysis of the characteristics of an extraordinary city and a work of imagination – a bringing of the evasive city into being through writing. Johannesburg has become a touchstone in critical thinking on the development of the twenty-first-century city, attracting scholars from around the world who seek to understand how cities are changing in the face of urban migration in all its myriad forms and the inflow of foreign capital and interest. Bremner is at the forefront of this scholarship. Her intimate knowledge of the city makes this a deeply personal but authoritative collection of essays.

Nora Murphy's Country House Style - Making Your Home a Country House (Hardcover): Nora Murphy, Deborah Golden Nora Murphy's Country House Style - Making Your Home a Country House (Hardcover)
Nora Murphy, Deborah Golden; Photographs by Duanne Simon
R640 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R117 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Buckingham Palace - The Interiors (Hardcover): Ashley Hicks Buckingham Palace - The Interiors (Hardcover)
Ashley Hicks 1
R908 R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Save R255 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

With rare access, interior designer and artist Ashley Hicks has photographed the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, home of Britain's monarch since 1837. An important representation of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles, the palace is the work of such noted architects as John Nash. Hicks's eye brings a vibrant take on the formal spaces, capturing the magnificent rooms furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection. Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks leads us through the opulently decorated State Rooms, which include the White Drawing Room and the Blue Drawing Room that both overlook the palace gardens; the Ballroom, which is the setting for twenty investiture ceremonies each year; and the Throne Room, used by Queen Victoria for spectacular costume balls in the 1840s. The long, skylit Picture Gallery is hung with important works of art in the Royal Collection by Rembrandt, Rubens, Poussin, van Dyck, Vermeer, and Canaletto, among others. Decorative furnishings from George IV's exotic Brighton Pavilion lend a fanciful turn to many of the rooms. This intimate tour through the Buckingham Palace State Rooms is a necessary addition to the libraries of devotees of the royal family, English architecture, decoration, and the fine arts in general.

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