Waterside Modern

Richard Powers (photos). Thames & Hudson. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780500518007. $35. INTERIOR DESIGN
Similar to Bradbury's previous work, Mountain Modern, the design writer examines the current trends and challenges of designing constructing beachfront homes. He visits 25 residences and explains how the architects and designers have worked with the inhabitants to accommodate their needs and desires, and have taken advantage of the natural setting. DIYers should look elsewhere for ideas on how to create beach home-like decor, such as Antonia van der Meer's Coastal Living Beach House Happy; here is a look at the work of contemporary architects who have created houses at the seaside, overlooking the sea, and situated along rivers, lakes, and estuaries, including a home in landlocked Switzerland. Photographer Powers captures the dwellings and landscapes located in the United States, Europe, the Antipodes, South America, and Asia in close to 400 color images.
VERDICT Bradbury continues his exposition of modern domestic architecture and interior design. Recommended for professionals and academic readers.
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