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Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations Hardcover – February 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301454
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Legendary Belgium antiquarian and art collector Axel Vervoordt’s interiors represent some of the most coveted rooms from layered and luxurious to monastic and minimal, reflecting the influence he derived from the Buddhist principle of “contradiction.” In Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion) Vervoordt, a student of Zen, gives his personal take on an ascetic developed in the twelfth century that advocates simplicity, authenticity, and imperfection. Vervoordt, working with Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, uses natural materials to maximum effect as brilliantly seen in 350 dazzling color illustrations." ~VANDM.com

About the Author

Axel Vervoordt is an antiques and art dealer in Belgium. His work is internationally renowned, and he regularly organizes exhibitions at fairs, museums, and art and antique biennials. Flammarion published Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors in 2007. Michael Paul, a New Zealand native based in London, is a lifestyle photographer and writer. Tatsuro Miki is a Japanese architect based in Brussels. Laziz Hamani’s photographs have been featured in solo exhibitions and have been published in numerous books including Dior, Antiquaires: The Finest Antique Dealers in Paris, and Axel Vervoordt: The Story of a Style.

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A must for any design/architecture library.
Jam-i
This elegant book is based on the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, the appreciation of beauty in the imperfect, the ordinary, the well used.
MP
I was surprised that i could find such a book which combined Eastern and Western art expressed through design.
Yuanzeng Lu

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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Robert E Jones on April 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First, this book is constructed of beautiful materials. The paper weight and texture are amazing and of finest quality. The photographs are beautifully reproduced and are essentially the best part of this book. The text itself is awful, and could benefit from the heavy hand (red pen) of an editor. All the pages of text could be condensed--removing all trite phrases and zen-style attempts at platitudes--into perhaps two meaningful paragraphs. This volume is the absolute height of pretense and artifice.

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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Julia on April 6, 2011
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It's a really inspirational book and is a must have for worshippers of Axel Vervoordt. The concept, layout and texts are perfect. I gave 4 stars for this book only for one reason - publishers didn't consider the quality of paper - all the photos on this paper loose most of details and look too dark. It's really upseting because in minimalistic interiors each of details and textures of materials are important.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Aleksander Pieri on March 4, 2011
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its a kind of book i enjoy to have it in my library. it goes right beside the books like "the new zen" and similar about japanese minimalistic principle that existed the for at least 500years. the pictures are beautiful in their beuty and exposing the right way the principle of japanese wabi-sabi. the beauty all around us that we might never see it without even reading about wabi-sabi. anyway, is not an easy task to express wabi-sabi in art, graphic design and interior design, but in this book stuff are as they must be.
only negative thing i might say that some photos are very dark for my personal taste. otherwise im glad i take a risk to buy this book!!! oh the paper of the book are not glossy or something expensive, its wabisabi paper! another great detail of how this book was concieved and designed. for those who like books like "the new zen", "wabisabi for poets, designers..", "minimalism" by john pawson and similar, this book should not missed in your library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Singer on August 20, 2011
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This is a great book. It visually explains the beauty of imperfection, textures and the qualities that time imparts. It is not making reference to the cost or origin, just a feeling. The raw beauty. The spare sense of space. The elimination of competitive elements so each one becomes important. There is a mood a feeling that is conveyed that makes us more sensitive to things we see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Shade on March 25, 2013
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This book has such potential, but the printing is terrible. The photos are super dark and you can't make out any details. Very disappointing because you can tell how beautiful the photos should be. I'll grab the next edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jan kersschot on July 29, 2012
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As a European, it is hard to understand the true nature of Japanese culture. Still, some people know how to get into the core of that culture and appreciate the qualities of simplicity, respect for natural elements, and bring this into our homes -- without any posing or pretending. This book is an exeptional example of someone who is deeply inspired by Wabi.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MP on May 4, 2012
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This elegant book is based on the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi,
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Lloyd on August 31, 2011
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While I love everything Axel Vervoordt does, I returned this book because it was so dark visually. This was the first of his books I've ordered and will buy others (at least the ones that are still in print and not out of my price range!)
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