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Loft living
Vance, Peggy.
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Publication Information:
London : Ward Lock, [1999]

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160 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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TH3000 .V36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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From urban apartments in converted industrial buildings, to a rural idyll in the shape of a former barn, this book brings together 15 innovative and altervative interiors from London to Glasgow, Manhattan to Melbourne. It discusses the design details of each loft - the use of space and light, and the decoration and furnishing of the space.

Author Notes

Peggy Vance holds an MA in art history from Christ's College, Cambridge, a diploma from the Sorbonne, Paris, and was Assistant Curator of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Is a loft always pristine, streamlined, and devoid of much ornamentation? Not according to Vance, who contends that there are as many options to decorating industrial space as there are, well, design styles. Her thesis is based on 15 examples, each one dramatically different in tone, style, and atmosphere. As a scholar and former museum curator, she continues beyond illustrative proof to also chronicle a natural progression in loft living, from rebel homes for artists and other out-of-the-mainstream folks to millennial housing for urban dwellers. Most of these exemplary residences are centered in London, with solo references to Glasgow, Melbourne, and New York City. Surprisingly, the four-color photographs are not the only outstanding feature; so, too, is a very detailed narrative, revealing owner personality and architectural intent. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Loft living began as an inexpensive way to gain large spaces in centrally located urban or industrial areas and eventually became an acceptable, even chic, living arrangement. Both of these books show the high end of loft living: large spaces that have been gutted of their original walls and fixtures and professionally planned by architects and interior designers. Molnar's book concentrates on New York lofts (although the latter part of the book shows lofts from around the United States and the world). The styles illustrated are modern and minimalistic. Vance's book concentrates on English lofts that almost resemble traditional homes in their design and arrangement. Both of these beautifully illustrated books will be excellent additions to professional and school collections and could be useful in urban public libraries where this style of living is available. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Loft originalp. 11
Penthouse sweetp. 18
The high lifep. 30
Curvy colourp. 42
The top storeyp. 53
Off beamp. 61
Cool schoolp. 73
Baroque bravadop. 82
De Metzaninep. 93
Milano magnificop. 103
Space invadersp. 111
Reservoir docksp. 121
Architectural correctnessp. 131
High dramap. 140
Crystal palacep. 150
Acknowledgementsp. 158
Picture creditsp. 158
Indexp. 159