At Home In Sri Lanka by James FennellAt Home In Sri Lanka by James Fennell

At Home In Sri Lanka

byJames Fennell

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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A decade after the publication of Living in Sri Lanka, photographer James Fennell revisits the “Paradise Isle” in search of what makes a great Sri Lankan home. Traveling with writer Tom Sykes, he has visited numerous houses and taken thousands of photographs, as well as interviewing owners, interior decorators, architects, stylists, and designers. Collectively, the twenty-six exemplary properties showcased in this book capture the essence of elegant Sri Lankan living.

Sri Lanka is a place of geographic and cultural contrasts, qualities that are reflected in its extreme weather. The best Sri Lankan architecture is structurally versatile, using features such as overhanging roofs, slatted walls, and courtyards to cope with intense sunshine and sudden downpours in equal measure. Climatic factors also dominate the interiors of even the most luxurious homes: valuable antiques and art give way to simple pieces of furniture, batiks, prints, and artfully crafted cushions, with color or shadow used creatively to enliven expansive walls.

From the colonial grandeur of actress Gillian Anderson’s secluded retreat and the sumptuous Wallawwa hotel to works by the celebrated architects Geoffrey Bawa and Anjalendran, the structures illustrated here have all been built to respond to the unpredictable natural environment, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living.
Tom Sykes is a writer and journalist, and he edits The Royalist blog for The Daily Beast. His previous books include Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow and Sina Sana: Travels in Malaysia.
Title:At Home In Sri LankaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 11.3 × 10.6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500518408

ISBN - 13:9780500518403


Editorial Reviews

luscious coffee-table book….with wish-you-could-dive-into-them photographs by James Fennell.. and an elegant text by Tom Sykes — WAG Magazine

The resulting architecture and interiors are remarkable, judging by this attractive book — Interior Design