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Penang Through Gilded Doors

Julia de Bierre & James Bain Smith
2006. Published by Areca Books, Penang
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 22.2cm, 149 pages
Over 500 colour photographs
ISBN: 9839834283421

Penang Through Gilded Doors by Julia de Bierre & James Bain Smith

Penang Through Gilded Doors is an inspirational introduction to one of Southeast Asia’s most culturally diverse destinations. Superbly photographed, the book focuses in particular on the Malaysian island’s wealth of heritage buildings and the fascinating human stories behind their existence. In this book the authors share artistic vision and insider’s knowledge, guiding the discerning traveller and captivating those already familiar with one of Malaysia’s best-preserved treasures.

Editorial Reviews

“Offers not only a magical “tour” of Penang’s famed sights, but gives detailed insights into the life of the island’s people.” Marina Emmanuel, New Straits Times

“Superb photographs… this guide is for the more discerning tourist and for the more constricted Penangite.”
Pamela Ong, The Star

About the Authors

Julia de Bierre was born and grew up in Penang, Malaysia. Co-author of the bestselling Restoration Recipes she is also a regular contributor to leading design and decoration periodicals. Restoration projects include a large medieval castle in Switzerland, and a small traditional house on Muntri Street in Penang, which she has transformed into a gallery space. Her most recent work, including a restoration of a house in Arles, France, can be found on her website. James Bain Smith is an international artist with a parallel career in the decorative arts. Walking the vibrant streets of Penang, camera and tripod in tow, has been an unforgettable experience.


Table of Contents


Early Days

George Town
….The Infant Colony
….A Street Called Harmony

Gracious Living
….Courtyard Sanctums
….To The Mansion Born
….The Urban Village
….Jazz Age and Beyond

….The Kampung Idyll
….Sea Breeze
….Green Power

The Spice of Life
….A Moveable Feast

Bibliography & Acknowledgements

Malaysian launch of English edition
in Penang, 7 December 2006. Click here to view invitation.
Click here for photo gallery

Présentation internationale de l’édition française à Paris, le 18 octobre 2006. Cliquez ici pour recevoir l’ invitation.

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International launch of French edition in Paris, 18 October 2006. Click here to view invitation. Click here for photo gallery.

Click here to view pictures from the official launch of Penang through Guilded Doors