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Total design : contemplate, cleanse, clarify, and create your personal spaces
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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NK2113 .C625 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
NK2113 .C625 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"To truly support us, a home has to stretch beyond its material properties and sustain our complex human needs." This philosophy is at the heart of every environment that acclaimed designer Clodagh creates, and it represents an entirely new and sustaining way to look at interior design. Total Designis concerned with the experience of living and not simply the look of it. It encourages an ongoing awareness of our surroundings to keep us energized and our shelters alive, not static. Using a process she calls the Four C's, Clodagh reveals how she helps each client envision a project, first by contemplating the space as it is, then by cleansing it of unnecessary items and clarifying the individual's goals, needs, and desires, and, finally, by creating a space that is uniquely his or her own. In chapters devoted to the senses, nostalgia, small spaces, the influence of nature, melding personal and professional identities, privacy and retreat, and more, Clodagh shows how our relationships to the places and things we've experienced can be used to shape our environments while encouraging continued growth and exploration. Filled with sensual textures and unexpected details, these are vibrant rooms that are at once supremely practical and lushly indulgent. Sections dedicated to materials, lighting, displaying art, and using color illuminate the principles ofTotal Design. A comprehensive workbook provides a blueprint for putting these principles into practice and setting personal priorities. At once innovative and timeless, minimal and luxuriant,Total Designis a celebration of homes that are deeply personal and serenely beautiful. "A home cannot be truly beautiful unless it functions in harmony with who we are. This book is about pleasure: discovering what pleases us and creating an environment that will celebrate those qualities and sustain us." -- Clodagh