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Wayside Flowers of Singapore

$29.90
Singapore has numerous wild plants that grow and flower freely in our city-state, adding colour and beauty to even the most urban and drab of areas. Yet, all too often, we walk past these common flowering plants without even noticing them. And when we do, we are able to name only one or two – perhaps the common touch-me-not, or the morning glory.
 
Here, then, is an easy-to-use guide to help the general public fully appreciate and put a name to the many wayside flowers of Singapore.
 
This book is in full colour, with excellent close-up photography for each flower, showing each species in close detail, so that its parts can be clearly seen. The book also shows the plant in its typical natural environment, be it up a wall or in a drain.
 
The flowers have been grouped by their predominant colour – blue, green, orange, pink, purple, white or yellow – making it easy for the user to locate the flower in the book.
 
About the Authors
Kaw Jon Boon was trained in graphic design and has a passion for capturing intimate images of nature through photography. Louise Neo conducts botanical research at the National University and has authored scientific publications on local flora.
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Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Consuming the World

Coffee, tea, and chocolate were all the rage in Enlightenment Europe. These fashionable beverages profoundly shaped modes of sociability and patterns of consumption, yet none of the plants required for their preparation was native to the continent: coffee was imported from the Levant, tea from Asia, and chocolate from Mesoamerica. Their introduction to 17th-century Europe revolutionized drinking habits and social customs. It also spurred an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as hot beverage services and tea canisters, coffee cups and chocolate pots. This beautiful book demonstrates how the paraphernalia associated with coffee, tea, and chocolate can eloquently evoke the culture of these new beverages and the material pleasures that surrounded them. Contributors address such topics as the politics of coffee consumption in 18th-century Germany; 18th-century visual satires on the European consumption of tea, coffee, and chocolate; and the design history of coffee pots in the United States between the colonial period and the present.

About the Author

Yao-Fen You is associate curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

The most comprehensive publication available to date on the topic, Art and Industry in Early America examines furniture made throughout Rhode Island from the earliest days of the settlement to the late Federal period. This stunning volume features more than 200 illustrations of beautifully constructed and carved objects-including chairs, high chests, bureau tables, and clocks-that demonstrate the superb workmanship and artistic skill of the state’s furniture makers. Written by distinguished scholars, the book presents new information on the export trade, patronage, artistic collaboration, and the small-scale shop traditions that defined early Rhode Island craftsmanship. In addition to iconic, stylish pieces from important centers of production like Newport and Providence and by well-known makers such as John Goddard and Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr., the catalogue showcases simpler examples made in smaller towns. More than 100 catalogue entries detail marks and inscriptions, bibliography, and provenance and feature many new photographs, encouraging a deeper understanding of this dynamic school of American furniture making.

About the Author

Patricia E. Kane is the Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House

This handsome book explores in depth a group of stunning painted and gilded furniture designed by the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), best known for originating the plans for the United States Capitol. The furniture was made in Philadelphia for one of the city’s finest houses-the home of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln, which Latrobe also designed. Drawing on a multiyear conservation and research project, Classical Splendor reveals new insights into the patrons, makers, and history behind these extraordinary pieces. In addition to extensively documenting each item, the book attests to Latrobe’s significant contributions to American furniture design-his pieces for the Waln house introduced, and served as exemplars of, a classical style rooted in ancient Greek and Roman design.

About the Author

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley is the Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts and Peggy A. Olley is the associate conservator of furniture and woodwork, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jeffrey A. Cohen is senior lecturer and chair of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College.

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Languages of Light: A Creative Approach to Residental Lighting

The languages of light: a creative approach to residential lighting is both a beautiful and informative introduction to understanding light and its qualities, as these inform residential buildings, garden lighting and outdoor rooms . The book is organised through clearly defined chapters such as Understanding Light, Daylight, Colour, Surface and Texture, Lighting Techniques and Tools and Case Studies . The Languages Of Light addresses basic questions from What is light? to How light effects our emotions and our physical response to light? and explains how these inform lighting design in residential contexts across both the professional and layperson s approach. The book is lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned photography informing the numerous case studies that make explicit The Purpose of Garden Lighting, Lighting Effects, Decorative Lighting, and The Use of Holograms and Lasers . Easy to follow examples of kitchen, bathroom, study and garden ensembles further elucidate the subject for the reader. Written by leading lighting designers, Rebecca Weir and Allyson Coates, The Languages of Light is directed at a broad readership comprising interior designers, decorators, architects and anyone with an interest in contemporary architecture and design.”

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A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room

Nature, art, a favourite collection—each holds unexpected colour combinations that can be beautifully incorporated into the home. Designer Susan Hable shows how to discover colour in the everyday, create dynamic palettes and translate them into stunning interior spaces. Home decorators will learn how a cheerful bedroom can be constructed from the natural hues of autumn leaves, or how a burst of bright confetti can inspire a brightly-coloured tiled bath. Brimming with luscious photography, A Colorful Home reveals how to open our eyes to the colours around us and bring them to life in rooms composed with meaning.

About the Author

Susan Hable is co-owner of the design firm Hable Construction, founded in 1999. She is a textile designer, artist, and colour expert with the colour Association of the United States, designing for Hable as well as other clients. She lives in Athens, Georgia.Visit HableConstruction.comRinne Allen is a photographer based in her hometown of Athens, Georgia. Rinne has worked with artisans and chefs over the last ten years to help them document the process of creating their work. Her photographs have appeared in dozens of books and publications.http://www.rinneallen.com/

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Garden Design Close Up

From modernist to Mediterranean, and from jungle to Japanese, Garden Design Close Up is a font of inspiration for those looking to give their garden a contemporary makeover. Focusing on 100 real gardens of diverse types around the globe, the book provides in-depth information about contemporary styles. The featured selections are designed by leading lights of British landscaping, such as Christopher Bradley-Hole, Anthony Paul and Dan Pearson, alongside internationally recognized names like Luciano Giubbilei, Paolo Pejrone, Robert Irwin and Martha Schwartz. This illustration- led compendium will delight even armchair gardeners those who prefer to admire gorgeous gardens rather than get their green fingers dirty but it is equally well-suited to those looking for ideas for their outside spaces. Serious gardeners will find within its pages a tremendously detailed resource, with plenty of helpful, practical advice.

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Storing and Preserving Garden Produce For Dummies

Growing your own food is more popular than ever. But what do you do if you find yourself with a glut of beans, peas or carrots? How can you make the most of your garden produce and cut down on those trips to the supermarket?

This book provides everything you need to make your home-grown produce last, covering fruit, vegetables, herbs and even eggs.

Storing and Preserving Garden Produce For Dummies:

  • Covers the main methods of storing and preserving, such as clamping, cool storage, freezing, drying, salting, pickling, fermenting and preserving with sugar
  • Includes information on a huge range of produce – almost everything you could ever want to grow in your back garden
  • Explains what methods of storing and preserving are most suitable for each item of produce
  • Also contains a wealth of recipes to help you on your way to making the perfect jams, chutneys and pickles
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