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Hardcover, 9.5 x 13 in. / 240 pgs / 105 color / 3 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2017 p. 135   

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A walk along Issaquah Dock offers an ambiance rich with well-tended foliage and blossoms, the result of meticulous care that would make most landlubbers envious.
Pots and vines are abundant. Showroom homes with concrete hulls share the space with homegrown plywood wrecks and assorted models of gingerbread work. In every shrub there is a garden frog, on almost every fronting a stylized pelican or lizard.

  

KERBER

Floating in Sausalito

Photographs by Lars Strandberg

Edited by Lars Åberg, Lars Strandberg. Text by Lars Åberg. Photographs by Lars Strandberg.

Floating in SausalitoFloating in Sausalito tells the story of the vibrant houseboat community in Sausalito, California—just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco—where, in the 1950s, the beat and hippie counterculture created a houseboat outpost that has long since become part of the Bay Area’s affluent alternative lifestyle.

This community, the largest of its kind in the US, boasts colorful residents (both long-term and recent), innovative waterside architecture and a significant cultural history. Here, photographer Lars Strandberg and writer Lars Aberg, who have previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed book West (on the modern American West), create a seductive portrait of a sun-soaked floating bohemia.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Floating in Sausalito.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

San Francisco Chronicle

John McMurtrie

a handsome and invaluable new large-format art book, Floating in Sausalito, released by German publisher Kerber Verlag. Full of vibrant photographs by fellow Swede Lars Strandberg, the book documents the one-of-a-kind community of more than 400 houseboats that dot Richardson Bay, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge

Valley of the Moon Magazine

David Bolling

There’s no Sausalito houseboat book quite like the coffee-table tome, Floating in Sausalito, improbably but brilliantly written and photographed by two Swedes named Lars...Sausalito’s houseboats carry a multi-generational, multi-cultural mischievous history in their multi-colored hulls, ranging from nineteenth century socialites to 1950s beatniks, 1960s hippies and modern-day millennials.

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Vicki Larson

a gorgeous coffee table book, Floating in Sausalito (240 pages, Kerber Verlag, $45.95), that is rich in history, personal stories and Strandberg’s vivid photographs.

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FROM THE BOOK
The Outskirts of The No-Good Mainstream

It was in the 1960s that they came here to live on a shoestring and to party on the outskirts of that no-good, mainstream, conformist, 9-to-5 society. Janine Boneparth arrived much later, with a healthier budget that would buy her an upscale houseboat, but she still does her part to save the world, wearing peace earrings and picking up plastic litter from the ground each day as an environment- friendly gesture. There is a legacy at work here; a whisper carried on the salty winds, words that were once spoken in a hippie dream.

Decks and docks and, yes, dreams: wooden ships, cottages nailed to barges, shacks of the shotgun type, bulging flowerpots, luxurious and meticulously decorated homes, colliding colors and angles, rafts connected by haphazard walkways, electric wiring hanging perilously close to the water’s surface...

Some days, as the sun sets with a reddening apricot radiance, this may look like an Indochinese riverfront with rickety structures from salvaged materials piling up against one another, making use of whatever drifts by and has not yet sunk. Then turn your head just a few degrees and you are in pastel plastered Suburbia, where trimmed planters abound and design magazines knock on doors. Having made this their place on earth, the hippies and the upper middle class professionals now share the brackish tidal waters of Richardson Bay just north of San Francisco and they will all tell you that this is about feeling good, feeling free, and finding an attractive lifestyle off the beaten track.

Sausalito, the small coastal town on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge leading out of the city, is home to more than 400 houseboats; an impressive fleet and a vibrant floating homes community.

Once driven by notions about ecstasy and withdrawal from the rules and regulations of the mainstream, and the need for inexpensive housing, the place is becoming more gentrified by the day while insisting that the term ”alternative” still has a ring to it.

This stretch of shoreline, sheltered from the Pacific wind and pretty much secluded, had been used during World War II as a shipyard for landing vessels, cargo ships, and submarine chasers. The abandoned mudflats, filled with scrap, barges and recyclable materials, then caught the eye of the countercultural dropouts looking for rent-free, unpretentious quarters.

It was a peaceful occupation of what had just recently been military land.

Now you will encounter the lawyers and doctors and retired literature professors, who appreciate the relaxed and somewhat different lifestyle, the younger office workers who commute to the city on a local ferry, and some of the old-timers who fought for a hard-to-find Utopia. Today’s mix on the docks is fascinating, but the gentrification also generates mixed feelings, of course. There is an ongoing project aimed at moving some of the unstable and unsafe home-built boats with their totems and junk sculptures to new, more secure spots, integrating them into this separate world of real estate agents and interior decorators.

While these changes take place, the whole neighborhood still appears like a small universe of its own, filled with luscious plants, cozy breakfast decks and a myriad of imaginative boat names. - Lars Åberg

FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 5/17/2017

Who knew we needed a book about the hippie houseboat community of Sausalito?

Who knew we needed a book about the hippie houseboat community of Sausalito?

“It was in the 1960s that they came here to live on a shoestring and to party on the outskirts of that no-good, mainstream, conformist, 9-to-5 society,”
 Lars Åberg writes in the surprise staff favorite, Floating in Sausalito. A book no one saw coming, this study of the historical (and now gentrifying) hippie houseboat community in Northern California pairs photographs of the idiosyncratic residents and their boats—inside and out—and texts that really do convey the Bohemian funk of the place. See more Summer of Love books here! continue to blog


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