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Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style

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Nomad: A Global Approach to Interior Style

3.5/5 (5 valutazioni)
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Aug 17, 2012


In this deluxe cloth-covered style guide, celebrated designer Sibella Court travels the world in search of eclectic inspiration. She explores far-flung destinations and captures the essence of each in small details, exotic color palettes, exquisite textures, and traditional crafts. Along the way, she shows readers how to incorporate these elements into interiors and how to replicate the ideas in their own spaces. Overflowing with imaginative ideas from across the globe with breathtaking photos of each destination accompanied by examples of gorgeous real-life interiors, plus tips for applying the looks at home Nomad promises to serve as the ultimate lookbook for designers and wanderers the world over.
Aug 17, 2012

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Sibella Court is a celebrated designer who works with Anthropologie, owns her shop, The Society Inc, and is the author of the acclaimed book, Etcetera. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Vacations are too few and far between. To have a piece of that experience and memory reflected in your interior — even the smallest incidental that makes you smile and takes you to another place — is what it’s all about. This book is meant to excite and motivate you. Please feel free to borrow my ideas, or use them to inspire your own. There are no mistakes, only journeys. Every time I travel I find ideas and objects I want to bring home: For instance, in Japan it was the interconnecting internal rooms and gardens of houses changed by shoji screens. In Italy it was the Fiat 500! (cream with tan interior for me, please) and in India, it was overscaled formal photographs of mostly men, lots of them sporting magnificent mustaches, in safari hats and turbans in front of estates.

Although I can’t bring all the things I really want back with me, I still find plenty of inspiration that’s easily adapted and incorporated into my life and home. I’m going to let you know how I do it— with lots of my globetrotting inspiration pics and notes from my travels, and pages and pages of shots to show you how I adapt ideas from them, usually quite simply, for use at home. You don’t have to follow these ideas exactly, but they should give you some idea of how my mind works, the sorts of things that inspire me, and the way those things can be shifted and shaken up, adapted and transformed, and still manage to capture experiences and memories.

To be able to share your laughs and travel frustrations (which are often funnier) in a remember that kind of way is a clever, emotive way to treat your interior and be surrounded by the things you love. It’s about your stories reflecting your life.


You can’t be expected to store all your travel experiences in your head - you’ll need a few photos to jog your memory. But you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great pic. With a little confidence and some patience you can do it.

It’s all about composition.

Consider what’s in your frame, adopt a stylist’s eye for crop and angle. Work out what should and shouldn’t be in the pic. Check, for example, where a wall or stair ends, or that you’re getting in the top of an object. To avoid distortion, it can sometimes be a good idea to stand back and zoom in; likewise, you need to be careful not to hold the camera at an odd angle, otherwise things can look as if they’re tilting. Take your time — a snapshot doesn’t have to be snap, but it can still look spontaneous.

The beauty of digital photography is you can check everything and correct, right then and there.

It’s important to edit; be ruthless and do it as you go along, before you download your pics. It makes for a stronger story at the end.

Don’t store your photos away — I have mine printed as soon as I get back. It keeps the globetrotting inspirations alive as well as lets me physically move the pics around, put them in a different order, and play with color and content. You’ll find this plays a large part in coming up with a trip-based 10-color palette (more on that later), even if one wasn’t obvious while you were gallivanting around.

I often think of pictures in pagination, i.e., how the pages turn and a story runs in a magazine. I like to make a strong picture story which can then be put into an album if I feel like it.

By doing all these things, inspiration and excitement from your trip should be at the forefront of your mind and you are ready to experiment with your own interior.


I hadn’t traveled to most of the places in this book before, but they were all in my top fifteen (don’t you have a list of countries you want to travel to?). The reason I chose these five for the book was that I thought I wouldn’t be the only person who’d want to go to them - - they were the sorts of places that other people would have on their wish lists or would have been to already. I picked countries/ or places that were diverse in culture, religion, adventure, and geography, the idea being that they would reveal themselves in very different ways. I was right: even in color terms, there were the desert tones of dusty Damascus, the serpent scale tones of the Amalfi Coast, the deep indigos of Japanese papers and textiles, the pops of reds and fuchsia in the flowers in Mexico City, the faded dirty pales of painted woodwork in India. Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms, and often not literally.

I did not go looking for existing interiors to re-create when I returned home, but I wanted to draw from all aspects of my trips: a street sign, a garden grate, a leaf

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  • (5/5)
    Easily one of the most beautiful books ever. Chronicle publishers excel at creating a beautiful presentation. The cover is heavy and textured. The pages vary between thick, glossy pages and smooth vellum. The images push to the edges of every page. Sibella divides the book into regions of travel, each with its own color palette. Some palettes are muted, while others are riotous. The author champions honest materials like linen, clay, stone, the tattered, the hand-dyed, the torn; things with a patina. I spent hours devouring this and will go back to it frequently just like I do with her other book, Etcetera. Yummy, yummy eye candy.