A Modern Way to Live

A Modern Way to Live : 5 Design Principles from The Modern House

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Find happiness at home with five guiding principles from cultural phenomenon THE MODERN HOUSE.

'A source of fascination, inspiration and fantasy' Guardian

In 2005, childhood friends Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill set out to convince people of the power of good design and its ability to influence our wellbeing. They founded The Modern House - in equal parts an estate agency, a publisher and a lifestyle brand - and went on to inspire a generation to live more thoughtfully and beautifully at home.

As The Modern House grew, Matt and Albert came to realise that the most successful homes they encountered - from cleverly conceived studio flats to listed architectural masterpieces - had been designed with attention to the same timeless principles: Space, Light, Materials, Nature and Decoration.

In this lavishly illustrated book, Matt tells the stories of these remarkable living spaces and their equally remarkable owners, and demonstrates how the five principles can be applied to your own space in ways both large and small. Revolutionary in its simplicity, and full of elegance, humour and joy, this book will inspire you to find happiness in the place you call home.


'One of the best things in the world' GQ

'The Modern House transformed our search for the perfect home' Financial Times

'Nowhere has mastered the art of showing off the most desirable homes for both buyers and casual browsers alike than The Modern House' Vogue
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 186 x 237 x 130mm | 1,000g
  • Penguin Life
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241480493
  • 9780241480496
  • 73,608

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'This is a book filled with such insight and detail that you'll be rearranging and rethinking your space in the most useful of ways'
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'A source of fascination, inspiration and fantasy' * Guardian * 'A handsome new book (...) splits the pair's accumulated learnings about life enhancing design across five central tenets: space, light, materials, nature and decoration ... a culture destination for interiors obsessives' * Sunday Times * 'This is a book filled with such insight and detail that you'll be rearranging and rethinking your space in the most useful of ways' * Stylist * 'The Modern House transformed our search for the perfect home' * Financial Times * 'If you are a frequent consumer of house porn, chances are The Modern House will feature heavily in your browser history. A sumptuously packaged estate agency for some of the UK's most remarkable homes' * Vogue * 'A Modern Way to Live reads so beautifully. It's a lyrical love letter to the home and architecture, and the places and conditions that create the best of both worlds ... generously informative and inspirational' * Waitrose Weekend * 'The Modern House sells the most incredible design-led homes in urban and rural locations in the UK' * Evening Standard * 'Gibberd is co-founder of The Modern House, a design-led London estate agency whose website attracts 15 million page views a year. In handling the sale of thousands of homes, from small flats to listed architectural masterpieces, he noticed the same five principles for living emerging again and again: Space, Light, Materials, Nature and Curation. His delectable first book aims to expand on these transformative principles, from the effective positioning of doors and windows, to the anchor provided by possessions. Property porn with a point' * Bookseller * 'An elegant, tasteful book as covetable as the houses it explores' * Sunday Express *
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About Matt Gibberd

Matt Gibberd was formerly a Senior Editor at the World of Interiors, and has written on design and architecture for the Telegraph, House & Garden and Elle Decoration. In 2005, he co-founded The Modern House, a pioneering design-led estate agency based in London, which he continues to grow with his business partner, Albert Hill. The pair established a new sister brand, Inigo, in 2021. Matt lives in the countryside with his wife, the designer Faye Toogood, and their three daughters. Their home has been published in Vogue, Cereal and the New York Times.
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