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This is a beautiful coffee table book with gorgeous photographs and nice minimalist interiors (everyone is either an architect or designer of some sort). However this book is only enjoyable if you skip the text as a lot of it is made of very common and basic statements; here are a few “gems”: “Emma’s family loves having taco dinners at their kitchen table”; “working from home has its benefits, such as avoiding the daily commute”; “early mornings are dark and quiet”. It’s akin to me writing “drinking coffee provides me with a nice peaceful yet energising moment”. If you are going to write such general statements, you might just as well skip it as it does not do justice to the aesthetic and pretentiousness sought after.
Talking about the latter, I was amused at the amount of clichés that the book was filled with: “prepare your loose-leaf tea the night before”; “listen to Glenn Gould’s version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations”. It’s all well but do you really enjoy life when you constantly try so hard to pursue this ideal “bohemian bourgeois" lifestyle? At least the author is consistent when he cites famous authors of the past, the examples he uses were mostly individuals who came from wealthy families that allowed them the financial security to be “thinkers and writers” just like all the creative types photographed in the book.
To summarise: marvel at the photography and skip the inane or ‘try too hard to be pseudo-intellectual and creative type’ text.