by Julian Davison | photography by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
285 x 240mm
Hardback with Jacket; 176 pages
Pub Date: Sept 2014
Price: S$55.00 (excl. GST)
New UPDATED 2014 EDITION
The unique Black and White house in Singapore is the most distinctive and imposing of the island’s colonial architectural legacy. Surviving examples are testament to their physical and aesthetic durability — a unique tropical style with a colourful pedigree of architectural influences. In this updated edition, an additional chapter on residential life in these extraordinary homes adds depth and added information to an already comprehensive book. The colonials of yesteryear enjoyed a life of undisputed privilege — and even today, many of these beautiful houses continue to serve their original purpose as gracious family homes. Others have been adapted successfully as restaurants, offices and artisan’s studios.
Researched, written and photographed with flair, Black and White traces their evolution through the architects and practices that designed them — houses as relevant today as when they first appeared over 100 years ago.
Julian Davison, the son of an architect, grew up in Singapore and Malaysia. He was educated in England and has a doctorate in social anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He has edited several reference books and scholarly works relating to the region, including books on Balinese and Indonesian architecture. In addition, he has published two critically acclaimed collections of short stories on Singapore and Malaya — One For The Road and An Eastern Port — and has hosted a number of history and travel television shows including Singapore TV’s popular ‘Site and Sound’ series.
Luca Invernizzi Tettoni was a world-renowned photographer who has over 50 books to his credit, including the international bestsellers Thai Style, The Tropical Garden and Arts and Crafts of Thailand (Thames & Hudson), as well as a number of books on architecture and interior design, spas and wellness, hotels, and more. Luca was honoured with a knighthood in his native Italy, even though he spent the majority of his professional life in Asia. He died in Bangkok, his adopted city, in 2013.