Tropical Modern celebrates a growing trend toward stylish globalization in interior design. More than 25 stunning houses and condos in and around Manila, the Philippines, evoke a distinctive tropical-modern-fusion style that is gaining popularity around the world. All these fine residences comprise a synthesis of East-West trends and contemporary furnishings - as Filipi designers merge sleek modernist furniture with local designers' soulful creations in natural hardwoods and other tropical materials. From vintage glamour to classic modern with bold artful accents, to the clean, glam look kwn as 'contemporary chic,' this book showcases the myriad tastes of the Philippines. The selection features modernist designs referred to as Zen or Minimalist; admires the modern Global Eclectics, those well traveled collectors of beautiful objects from East and West; and celebrates the individualists who mix European furniture with acutely creative accents from local designers or who frame edgy artworks by Filipi artists with iconic design inspired by Japanese architecture. Such are the global interiors of today's tropical Asia.
Elizabeth Reyes is a travel, arts and feature writer for various Asian magazines and illustrated books on the Philippines, her homeland. She is the author of many books on Philippine design and architecture, including her groundbreaking Filipino Style and, more recently, Tropical Living: Contemporary Dream Houses in the Philippines, Tropical Interiors and 25 Tropical Houses in the Philippines. World-renowned photographer Luca Invernizzi Tettoni has lived and worked in Asia since 1973. He specializes in books on various aspects of Asian culture, history and geography, and is wellknown for his photographs in Balinese Gardens, Thai Style, Thai Garden Style, The Tropical Garden and Tropical Asian Style. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines throughout the world. He currently lives in Singapore. www.tettoni.com