Wabi Sabi Style
James Crowley & Sandra Crowley
Gibbs Smith, 2005 (2001)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Introduction speaks of the appeal of the '
harmony and balance
' of Eastern design, and of the objective in
inspired design being '
to achieve the same sense of ordered placement and balance within interior space that is found in nature.
' Color photos throughout the book provide serenely beautiful examples of what this means.
discussion of the '
Spirit of Wabi Sabi
' speaks of ideals adopted from nature - a reverence for the natural and common; and the beauty of imperfection, asymmetry, impermanence, maturity, simplicity, and restraint. Poetry is quoted to explain the concept, as in this lovely verse on winter by Basho - '
Though veiled amid these misty showers of gray, / Fuji is lovelier still - unseen today.
' The authors repeatedly emphasize avoiding '
the clutter-breeds-clutter syndrome
n design, the authors speak of colors muted through '
the pigmentation of opposites
' to create a harmonious setting, and color schemes '
taken straight from intimate encounters with nature
'. They discuss choices in wall and flour coverings, furnishings (Japanese
- chests - tables and desks, beds and headboards) and their placement, window treatments, lighting, pictures and paintings, accessories and appointments - all in the context of seasonal colors and highlights.
liked the idea of rotating art on the mantel, the western equivalent of the Japanese
, and of the inclusion of '
tidbits of nature
' as decoration. If the notion of simple, restrained design in tune with the outdoors appeals to you, then you'll find inspiration and a source of many specific ideas in this lovely design book,
Wabi Sabi Style
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