Haute Couture Architecture: The Art Of Living Without Walls by Anneke van Waesberghe is so much more than a book about tented green building architecture. It is the story of a very personal journey and memoires from the excesses of modern times to a new state of being, one in which rampant consumerism has been replaced by a more thoughtful design for living sustainably and in harmony with the rhythms of the planet. She leads readers to encounter a new paradigm by showing the luxury of simplicity and the beauty of small things.
Applying her design for the environment principles, van Waesberghe chronicles this transition in a highly individual account of her journey from a successful social entrepreneur to an enlightened designer. Specially made for this book are beautiful full-color photographs, delicate watercolors, and compelling illustrations. The book is part design manifesto, part personal diary, and part manual for future sustainable living.
The central theme is the author’s discovery of the freedom offered by life beneath canvas in her tented sanctuary in Bali over the past 12 years. With this knowledge learned through global travels and life-experience, van Waesberghe established a luxury tented design company in Bali and extended its fundamentals to all aspects of her existence. From the use and production of sustainable materials, the amalgamation of local culture, household, kitchen, and most importantly, her appreciation of a life lived within Nature.
“I was mentally ready to dive into a life of simplicity,” she writes, “to live by satisfying only my basic needs, and let go of everything. This longing for simplicity, over time, led to a series of painless moments of growth that made me want to challenge others to follow my example towards simplicity and happiness.”
Ultimately Haute Couture Architecture: The Art Of Living Without Walls 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.
Haute Couture Architecture
Haute Couture Architecture: The Art of Living Without Walls by Anneke van Waesberghe is so much more than a book about tented architecture. It is the story of a very personal journey from the excesses of modern times to a new state of being, one in which rampant consumerism is replaced by a more thoughtful design for living in harmony with the rhythms of the planet.
Journal of Daily Intentions
Journal of Daily Intentions. It is a series of reminders of your power as a human being and cautions you of what a commercial society wants us to be. It shows readers how to incorporate meaningful rituals into their daily lives, how to set daily intentions to help initiate change in your life, and how to live in the present beyond fears from society’s pressures and made-up limitations. The Journal shows how to record the progress on your journey towards abundance and find happiness and wealth where no one else is looking.
The Coconut Academy is a book and a place to learn about making home-made ingredients for cooking, cleaning, and body care, handicrafts. Coconut Academy stands for Simplicity and is a name I selected because there are meaningful rituals attached to it. The Academy was founded to create a self-sustaining lifestyle based on a low technology basis. After reading this book, you will never look at luxury the same way again. It challenges luxury, health and wealth as we knew it and blinded us.
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East meets West
The book results from an International Design Competition in 1987 focusing on cross-cultural influences between Japan and the West in the major design disciplines. East Meets West; the nonprofit organization and organizers are devoted to exploring historical and contemporary evidence of cross-cultural influences in design, architecture, applied arts and crafts, graphic art and package design, industrial design, and interior design. People, places, and tangible things everywhere are losing their ethnicity, and cultural traditions become unified with one another in art and design. This book tracks these developments and seeks to provide familiar points of how we are similar yet different. The images show the results of participants from 60 countries around the world. They create awareness and a deeper understanding of contemporary society's sociocultural differences. This book is of renewed interest because, as predicted, the world with us in it already has changed. For that reason, it is fascinating to read because you will recognize when and how these changes have happened. Among the supporters were Kenzo Tange and Isamu Noguchi. Why Japan? Because Japan had been closed for two hundred years and fifty years of hermetic isolation, the creative results were as explosive as if the windows of a pressured window had been broken.