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Seen and Unseen Embracing Natural Design in Bali

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Seen and Unseen Embracing Natural Design in Bali by Cisneros, Alejandra, 9781864707243
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  • ISBN: 9781864707243 | 1864707240
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/17/2018
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•Captures the contextual background of the design-led influence of Tri Hita Karana, the philosophy of balance in Balinese living
•Includes design projects for a wide range of international clients
•Highlights how the designs align architecture to tradition, culture and the environment, while strong narrative and visual essays discuss the design journey, and feature the strong relationships between the interiors and exteriors
•Provides useful information for a wide readership, including a global community of architects; architects in tropical climates; interior and space designers; landscape architects; artists and design aficionados; cultured tourists in Bali; the Bali (and Southeast Asian) expatriate communities; and owners of villas (and rentals) in Bali and elsewhere in Southeast Asia

The home designs of Alejandra Cicneros mark a significant departure from the tropical 'Bali' style villa design popularized in the past two decades. They are also a refreshing antidote to the often anodine concrete villas invading the centuries-old rice terraces of this visionary Argentinean architect's adopted home. In Perfect/Imperfect Alej shares her insights on reimagining traditional homes for 21st-century lifestyles in today's fragile environments. She reveals the thinking behind her designs, and her heart-centered process of co-creation - a 'conspiracy of client, joglo, land, Balinese craftsmanship and culture'. She also acknowledges the influence of Tri Hita Karana, the Balinese concept of cosmological balance that governs their relationship with people, the environment and the Creator.

This beautifully illustrated book focuses on her whimsical, exciting homes - fanciful yet practical - designed for potters and poets, artists and entrepreneurs alike hailing from North and South America, Europe and Asia. Crafted almost entirely from antique teakwood, traditional materials and showcasing joyful design ideas, each home merges seamlessly with the landscape in complete harmony: Alej's unique architectural hallmark.

The Balinese have their own very clear vision for the world, and it's wonderful to work with and draw from that. Alej curates unique, mould-breaking homes that create a new way of living that is at one with nature in the tropics. Her canvas is the Bali landscape; her paints are Java's traditional teakwood joglos and Indonesia's myriad natural materials; her brushes are the Balinese craftspeople that bring her vision to reality.

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