A world of interiors
What will you find in a Japanese bathroom, or a St Petersburg drawing room? A new book from Taschen reveals how the rest of the world lives
We all know how we live – in a mess generally, surrounded by the accumulated detritus of years spent living with spouses, offspring and now, in the era of the boomerang child, grandchildren as well, quite likely. But how does the rest of the world do it? With considerably more style and elegance, it seems – if you take the interiors featured in Taschen’s latest glossy house book as a reliable guide. 100 Interiors Around The World is a sumptuous trawl through 100 international homes, from a dining room in Zurich and a Japanese bathroom to a cool Greek apartment and colourful open-plan living in Thailand. It’s like a very posh version of Through The Keyhole – even allowing for the inevitable presence of a stylist and stills photographer, they’re all frighteningly tidy.
Many of the interiors are in apartments dating from the late 19th century, but Taschen has included contemporary houses too, with all their clever technical innovations. Quite often it’s not the room that intrigues, but the view out of the window: the urban skyline seen from a Singapore tower block, the calm and peaceful watery rocks-and-pine landscape surrounding a Swedish island holiday home.
As the introduction to this intriguing book notes, there is a ‘regular occurrence of certain types of furniture: Eero Saarinen’s Tulip chairs and table, Eames designs or Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 plywood chairs’. It’s no use just having a stylish house, it seems, if you want to join the international decor set, you also have to have the right furniture.
100 Interiors Around The World (TASCHEN, £34.99).
Daily tip from the lady archive
"DEEPLY-ROOTED is the idea that men are indifferent to dress, while the ladies, God bless them, think of nothing else"The Lady, With Prejudice, 8th January, 1942