Embracing Natural Design: Inspired Living
Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez
Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez has made her name as a designer of furnishings and interiors in warm climates. Her first book showcases far-flung stylish homes, replete with indoor and outdoor spaces that blend artisanal craftmanship with a fresh naturalistic design approach.
Through beautifully photographed residences, which have an exquisite layering of classic and modern furnishings, Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez discusses how to bring sustainable elements into your living space. She employs organic forms, stone and wood pieces, and natural weaves with texture, such as seagrass, caning, bamboo, and rattan. For her urban dwelling she adds tropical greenery and flowers to enliven the interiors, and her eco-friendly family lodge, immersed in the bush wilderness, is surrounded by lush plantings. International designers and artists who have inspired her are also profiled—from sustainable architect Elora Hardy to designers India Hicks, Nate Berkus, and Kenneth Cobonpue.
Full of design and entertaining ideas, Embracing Natural Design is for those who are interested in achieving an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez is at the helm of Philux, her family’s Philippines-based lifestyle brand that cham-pions Filipino design. One of Philux’s current projects is the design of Louis Vuitton’s Manila flagship store. She also co-hosts Metro Home, the award-winning Philippine lifestyle show, and she has received press in such publica-tions as Town & Country and Philippine Tatler. She serves as an advocate for the World Wildlife Fund’s conservation programs and is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Designer and author India Hicks is known for her chic laid-back style.