Carved wood, secluded courtyards, and frangipani blossoms: soak up the Eastern elegance of these heavenly Indonesian interiors. Opening onto gorgeous green landscapes, majestic mountains, or beautiful coastlines, these Balinese homes exude relaxing, contemplative vibes. Unwind and refresh with this compact showcase of rustic paradises, updated with fresh, never-before-seen images. Loved by travelers for its lush tropical scenery and charming people, Bali is one of the most magnificent places on Earth. Spirituality and nature are integral parts of everyday life for the Balinese, so one can easily see why the island’s traditional architecture has a peaceful presence to it, mimicking its surroundings and sometimes blending in with them. When it comes to Balinese houses, walls are not compulsory, wood is everywhere, earth tones are dominant, and thatched roofs abound. Opening onto gorgeous green landscapes, majestic mountains, or beautiful coastlines, the homes herein ooze relaxing, contemplative vibes. This portfolio of Southeast Asian living features a swath of fresh and never-before-published photographs and comes in a compact size, so you can take a little bit of paradise with you wherever you go. Gazing at these opulent examples of simple and elegant living, it’s a wonder why more people aren’t rushing to move to Bali. Bibliotheca Universalis—Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price! Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together more than 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm’s delight—never bore, always excite! The photographer Swiss photographer Reto Guntli, based in Zurich, regularly travels the world shooting for international magazines. He has published numerous books and contributed to such TASCHEN publications as Inside Asia, Living in Japan, Living in Bali, Great Escapes Asia and Great Escapes Europe. The author Anita Lococo decided to make Bali her home 25 years ago. She has worked as a scout for Architectural Digest and has written many articles about life-style and interiors in Bali for numerous international magazines. British Traveller named her the expert for Bali travels. The editor Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.