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Tropical Minimal Hardcover – May 17, 2006
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About the Author
Danielle Miller is a style and interiors writer based in the south of France.
Richard Powers is a photographer specializing in interiors, architecture, and the built environment. His books include The Iconic Interior, Beyond Bawa, and New Paris Style.
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The homes depicted here are far less "exotic" and "minimal" than the publisher's description suggests. The interiors are all extremely comfortable and modern and the exteriors cultivated and manicured; not a hut or cabana in sight (and hardly a beach). As for "far-flung locations," over half of the 39 named designers are from Australia, and only 2 are from South America; none are from Europe, Africa, or Asia north of Bangkok. It would be interesting to compare these homes to those in Phylis Richardson's larger book, Living Modern Tropical (which also features photography by Richard Powers and from the same publisher), and to Raul Barreneche's books by Rizzoli to see how 'tropical modern' might be expressed differently.
But whatever it's called, these warm, clean-lined interiors in their rich and verdant settings are beautifully presented in this book. It's easy to imagine living here.