" We have robbed ourselves of the beautiful thoughts we had when we were kids, when we dreamt of doing something extreme or different. Instead of living outside the box, we replaced our dreams with unimportant daily routines." 

Anneke van Waesberghe

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Anneke van Waesberghe​

After a hectic and turbulent life in New York and with lots of adventurous travel, the Dutch-born Anneke van Waesberghe now lives in Bali.

Dutch-born Anneke van Waesberghe is an author, designer, and environmentalist. By the age of 32, she had created and sold an international publishing company based out of Brussels. With these proceeds, she established a nonprofit organisation that brought together sustainable design culture from Japan and the West.

In the early nineties, her nonprofit, East Meets West, developed Design For the Environment (DFE) guidelines, sponsored by AT&T, JP Morgan, 3M, the Dutch Agency for Energy and Environment (NOVEM) and the National Endowment for the Arts. The DFE guidelines were adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to whom she, together with her foundation and the Dutch Government, presented draft proposals for corporate environmental reporting and green tax initiatives. The DFE guidelines were endorsed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the Council of European Communities, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, NOVEM and the Environmental Defence Fund.


She guest lectured design for the environment at design schools worldwide, and consulted FOR multinationals around the US, Europe, and Asia.

In 1997 she moved from New York to Ho Chi Minh, and finally Bali, where she established Escape Nomade, a producer of sustainable luxury tented accommodations. She continues to live in Bali, extending her philosophy of sustainability and ‘Living Without Walls’ by creating Haute Couture Architecture resorts and private residences for clients worldwide.

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Ultimately Haute Couture Architecture: The Art Of Living Without Walls is so much more than a book about sustainable design and green architecture; it bridges the gap between Nature and Architecture. It is the tale of one woman’s odyssey living alone in the jungle finding true meaning in life and manifesting its beauty into a way of sustainable living that may set a blueprint for our future existence on Earth.