Relax: Interiors for Human Wellness

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Karim Rashid, Anneke Bokern
Frame Publishers, 2007 - Architecture - 255 pages
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"Wellness and body care are gaining importance - and not only among the rich and famous. In today's fast-paced world, people welcome a place to chill out, to release stress, to recharge. A huge number of wellness centres and related facilities continue to appear in response to this popular demand. Thirty-two of the hottest designs are showcased in Relax. The book is divided into three sections: Spas, Salons and Gyms. Each project featured has been selected for its aesthetic qualities and for the designer's innovative approach to health and wellbeing. Relax presents work by well-established names such as Mario Botta, Steven Holl and Karim Rashid, while also introducing younger talent, perhaps less well known but definitely worth watching. All projects areaccompanied by high-quality photography, in-depth essays, floor plans, project details and contact information. Each section ends with one beautifully designed but unrealized project, illustrated with renderings. Enjoy viewing interiors whose superb design gives a vigorous boost to human wellness." -- Back cover.

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Anneke Bokern, Joeri Bruyninckx, Tim Groen, Sarah Martín Pearson, Shonquis Moreno, Stephan Ott, Chris Scott and Masaaki Takahashi are all regular authors at Frame.

Karim Rashid (foreword) is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior design, fashion, furniture, lighting and art. Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. He is best known for bringing his democratic design sensibility to the masses. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture.

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