A book that’ll look great on your coffee table after you redecorate

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With the popularity of TV home renovation programs on the up, from ‘The Block’ to ‘Jamie Durie’s Top Design’, it’s no surprise people are also turning to design books for ideas when wanting to fill their newly renovated abodes. Since not all of us own a stand-alone home, it’s nice to see some design titles focusing purely on apartment living.

New through The Images Publishing Group is the aptly titled ‘21st Century Architecture: Apartment Living’, a coffee table tome that acts as an intricate study of diverse apartment design and decoration the world over.

From attic-style apartments in Piemonte, Italy to expansive studios in Bondi, Australia, and space-conscious dwellings in central New York to generous-sized condos in Beverley Hills, a broad variety of living spaces are studied. Each apartment is described in detail including key materials used for fit-outs, innovative approaches to making the most of light, and the furnishings and objet that lend each place its unique identity. A sidebar accompanies each description, outlining the more tech-y and serious bits of information such as floor area, ceiling height, eco features, and even sound attenuation (ie: insulation and acoustics).

One thing that stands out is the ubiquity of beige, cream and white hues in apartment décor. One would assume that inner-city folk, surrounded with all their pollution, might not like to risk choosing such light shades in décor, but we suppose it could be just as bad having to clean and dust endlessly an apartment full of dark fittings and furniture.

An altogether appealing book, full of ideas for when you next want to redecorate within limited space.


‘Apartment Living’ is published by The Images Publishing Group and available through all good book stores (RRP $59.99). Visit www.images.com.au for more information.