Balinese Outdoor Living
I’ve been hoarding
inspirational images of outdoor Balinese architecture and design for almost a year now, and I think I’m finally ready to share a few diddies that make my travel-hungry heart go pitter-patter.
One of my favourite Balinese design books, Living In Bali, was written by Anita Lococo and published by Taschen – my favourite publisher of design reference books. The photographs by Reto Guntli are stunning – they have been the source of much inspiration when it comes to my personal design style.
I had heard of how beautiful the architecture and landscaping in Bali is, but I had no idea the extent to which trees, shrubs, flowers and grass comprise a major chunk of the design aesthetic.
Bali has a strong understanding of outdoor living.
After a visit to Bali (which remains one of the top 5 most beautiful places in the world I’ve visited so far), I became OBSESSED with Balinese outdoor design. It’s all just SO darn pretty. No really. Imagine a community of wood and stone architecture that values nature and religion more than the typical North American community values plenty of cars in the driveway… this design utopia is Bali.
Here are some examples of Balinese outdoor living that will give you a sense of the important role that nature plays in design and architecture:
These spaces feature living areas that embrace nature to the fullest extent – heck, the space IS OUTSIDE. The Balinese’s profound respect and love for nature has resulted in a balanced blending of the “outside” with the “inside“.
I will let the images speak for themselves before I go on and on about how the stunning use of natural finishes and the abundance of landscaping combine to create magical outdoor spaces (it helps that the furniture is stunning too…).
The concept behind Balinese outdoor living is very appealing to me – not only are the spaces well designed (give me wood, stone, cotton and greens and I’m happy!) but they represent and encourage practicing the Balinese ideals of quiet contemplation, self-reflection and appreciation for nature.
All the photos in this post are from my favourite Balinese design book, Living In Bali. If you’d like to purchase a copy of this fabulous book, click HERE For a direct link to Chapters.ca.
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