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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1998

Sensual Living — Conran Octopus $59.95

Sensual Living
Conran Octopus $59.95

Photographer and stylist Claire Lloyd presents her interpretation of sensual living though the exquisite pages of this book. Sensual Living explores the way the senses function, how they interrelate and how they affect our moods and emotions. "The pleasure to be derived from our homes is dependent on all our senses," writes Ros Byam Shaw, in the accompanying text. Lloyd's seductive images call to mind the smell, taste, sound and feel of familiar objects - "the skim of slippery silk", "the hot hug of knitted wool" - while Shaw's evocative text explains how our senses react to different stimuli. Much of Sensual Living is devoted to 'the sixth sense', where the visual clues of previous chapters are illustrated in 'feel-good' room settings. As Shaw writes, at home we need to strip away trivial influences of fashion and marketing in order to "feel what we like". (Distributed by Reed Publishing.)