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Lofts: Living In Space Paperback – October 15, 1999
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About the Author
Orianna Fielding Banks is at the cutting edge of contemporary furniture and interior design. After graduating in fashion design from St. Martin's School of Art, London, Orianna designed large props for store-window displays before progressing to furniture design. Her showroom, Pure, in London's fashionable Shoreditch, exhibits her collection of large-scale contemporary furniture, lighting, screens, and rugs. Orianna has appeared on several television shows, including "GMTV," "Style World," "Fantasy Rooms," and "Better Homes," and her work is featured in international interiors and style publications, including Elle Decoration, Wallpaper, World of Interiors, L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui, and the Style supplement of The Sunday Times.
Rebecca Tanqueray was Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration for five years before becoming a full-time writer. She is now a highly regarded interiors journalist, who contributes to a number of leading design and style magazines and newspaper supplements, including Living etc, Ideal Home, and Homes & Gardens. She is also a regular contributor to the Style supplement of The Sunday Times.
Top customer reviews
First, it is a good textbook. It tells you exactly what lofts are. Lots of books about lofts only show you tons and tons of "amazing" pictures without a clear definition. Pictures are great. But it is also easy to miss the soul of lofts behind those pictures. Some people after viewing all the pictures still do not get the idea of what makes certain space a loft. Besides this, this book also tells you the history and the future of lofts.
Technically, this book is a manual for someone who wants to build a loft from a shell. It covers all the practical information you need to know ranging from location, structural issues, money, time, to soft decorative ideas and even feng-shui. It provides not only the good and exicting stuff about lofts but also the drawbacks, pitfalls, things to noice. It gives you a realistic and balanced view. The authors really knows lofts and are very very hands-on. Due to its pragmatic nature, the book focuses more on the hard side (i.e., building process) than the soft design process.
Ironically, one thing I am not quite satisfied is the pictures. Though they are nice, they are fragmented and are selected to make the pages look nice. I prefer showing some cool lofts (from those pictures), their total layout, design, and floorplan to get a complete view.