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Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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In the modern world of everyday people, wabi-sabi is a concept that can be used to improve our lives. Wabi-sabi is a concept originating from Japan which stresses three important values for objects surrounding us: Impermanence, Imperfection, and the Incomplete. Before this book came out, I had never seen the first word used alone. Wabi means essentially "humble," and is the absolute wrong title for the book and its concepts. The book shows pictures of generally empty lodges, tea houses, and retreats--and these dwellings are invariably set on a lake front, or next to the ocean, or feature a stunning view of the Alps through its unadorned window. Space--affording a house (or chalet, or loft) and then keeping it empty save perhaps a stack of rocks or one vase--is the ultimate luxury in this world. This book purports to idolize that which is humble: A retreat on the side of the mountain, where guests are made to pad single file across the grounds and then step into the tea house. But a European retreat, its grounds, and associated tea house are a mark of unattainable luxury! So too are two barns featured in this book. Both barns make their way to Europe; but one of them is commissioned and built in Japan first.Read more ›
the appreciation of beauty in the imperfect, the ordinary, the
well used. The low light, misty photographs echo another
book on the same subject, In Praise of Shadows, making it
necessary to dark adapt to sense details, well worth the
meditative time it takes to absorb one soft view at a time.
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It is the look of chiaroscuro, usually used in paintings, but here done with photography. (Think Rembrandt and Leonardo di Vinci) Each one is beautifully composed using light and shadow- small abstract gems!
I actually am not into the wabi concept- I have too much "stuff" to pull it off. However I do enjoy looking at it- especially in this beautiful light.
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This is probably one of the most arresting books of artistic inspiration I have ever encountered. Gripping from the start, mood evoking part way in, yet—largely depressing if taken... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adington
If you're a fan of Japanese aesthetic, you must keep this book nearby. Vervoordt is a brilliant designer who writes as well as he creates visual compositions.Published 4 months ago by fractal
The book and its story of presentations just does NOT shine as it should. VERY disappointing. The cover and its artwork throughout the book takes you away but for the most part,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tena J
I first purchased this book years ago when it first came out and returned it because the ink or something in it smelled horrible. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A
Love the whole quiet attitude ;the spaces have a beautiful reserve! I wanted to know more detaill about the shown art but the spiritual design made up for that criticism. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ronald S Bayuzick
Excellent scenes. However the photography is poor and the print process on it is terrible. Find a new printer Axel.Published 17 months ago by Bryce B.
Differnet from his other books. His interpretation of wabi-sabi is not that appealing to me.Published 19 months ago by marcey2