The Way We Live

The Way We Live

Making Homes / Creating Lifestyles

  1. Text by Stafford Cliff
  2. Photographs by Gilles de Chabaneix
  • ISBN 9780500511374
  • 28.00 x 25.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 480pp
  • 1162 Illustrations, 1162 in colour
  • First published 2003
‘Beautifully photographed and remarkably well researched …  one of the most intelligent design books on the market’ – One of Terence Conran’s ‘Six Best Books’, The Daily Express
‘An inspirational mosaic of decorative ideas … feast your eyes’ – Elle Decoration
‘Stunningly rich … a feast for the eye and inspiration for the creative juices ... a mix between National Geographic and a trip to the Design Museum’ – Interior Design Magazine

The Way We Live transcends all other style books to reveal global connections and patterns in home decoration. What we see in other contexts, other cultures, can also affect our own lives. This is a sourcebook of thousands of possibilities … Beautiful and practical, The Way We Live is much more than a decorating guide — it is a design for living.

The way we live is not always defined by where we live. Fabrics, textures, and ornamental details reflect the complexity of different spaces and lifestyles, offering countless ideas for self-expression. The world tour of interior design elements is lavishly presented in more than 1,000 colour photographs.

The plan of the book follows a simple progression: how we build in the community in different habitats; how we add to and refine to create our own lifestyle; and how we then inhabit what we have with the possessions we have gathered around us.

Commentary on communal space, which connects us to one another, and a meticulous guide to sources and materials round out this ultimate treasury.

Stafford Cliff and the late Gilles de Chabaneix collaborated on several books published by Thames & Hudson including:
The Way We Live Alfresco
The Way We Live in the City