Vietnam Style

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Periplus Editions (HK) Limited, Jul 15, 2007 - Architecture - 208 pages
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Vietnam has long captured the imagination of travelers, both real and armchair. It is an appealing country, filled with natural beauty, tranquil village life and fascinating cities. Vietnam also has an inimitable architectural and interior design style, the product of its rich cultural heritage and the various influences of Chinese, French and other Western colonialism.

Vietnam Style is an exploration of the balancing act between traditional vernacular design and architecture and the outside influences of colonialism. The unusual and striking new design styles created by melding these elements are a true cultural kaleidoscope of Vietnam today. Chinese-style shophouses, temples with Indian influences, Thai-style palaces, French Colonial civic and domestic buildings, and the variety of tribal and native wooden houses present in Vietnam Style offer an intimate look into the vibrant, yet virtually unknown world of modern Vietnamese architecture and design.

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De Hartingh and Craven-Smith-Milnes, both authorities on Vietnam art and history, explore extant examples of vernacular, French colonial, and modern buildings to show how these influences have shaped ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Bertrand de Hartingh holds a Ph.D. in Vietnamese history from the Sorbonne University, Paris, and is a recognized authority on the art, architecture and history of the region.

Anna Craven-Smith-Milne has lived in Vietnam on and off since 1989. Her fascination with Vietnamese architecture and design led her to build her own business, Mekong Merchant.

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