In this compilation of photographs by Gilles de Chabaneix, Cliff creates a tribute to a life 'alfresco', or a life 'in the open air.' He reveals how architecture and lifestyle choices have adapted overtime to embrace outdoor living. From verandas, to courtyards, to gazebos, to walls of glass, alfresco is realized by "blurring the boundaries between inside and outside."
Through text and exquisite photographs, you understand how design collaborates with the natural world. Shots of street vendors, beach picnics, and cabin-like structures recall the significance of simple, outdoor experiences.
The book gathers examples from around the world, illustrating how modernist architecture in the United States is influenced by parts of Europe, India, and Australia. Drawing on images from travel to gastronomy, Cliff reminds us how simple it is to appreciate the great outdoors.
In our technology-driven age, it can be difficult to remember some of the themes Cliff's book addresses. I know time outside can draw us back to equilibrium, so I encourage all of you to attempt more outdoor living. It is summer after all...
I hope you are inspired by this book, and find a way to dine, wine, or simply relax alfresco.