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Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House Paperback – May 25, 2011
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Wabi-sabi is about appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial – the perfect antidote for a society in recovery from a decades-long consumerist binge. In 2004 The Wabi-Sabi House helped popularize this ancient Japanese philosophy in North America. Simply Imperfect is a fully revised and updated edition of The Wabi-Sabi House, aimed at moving past our belief in life, liberty, and the pursuit of stuff to finding beauty in austerity, serenity and authenticity.
Far more than home décor, wabi-sabi is a state of mind: living modestly in the moment, stripping away the unnecessary, finding satisfaction in everyday things. Simply Imperfect recounts wabi-sabi's rich history, tracing it from its Zen Buddhist roots through to the present day. This beautifully-illustrated book reveals ways to introduce wabi-sabi into your homesuch as:
- Clearing clutter and blocking noise
- Integrating salvaged and recycled materials
- Making and growing things yourself (or supporting local artisans who do)
- Taking time and space for self-reflection.
Wabi-sabi is everything that today's sleek, plastic, technology-saturated culture isn't. Simply Imperfect asks readers to see that mass-produced perfection is seductive but boring. This gentle book is for anyone who is overwhelmed by consumerism or whose focus hasshifted from getting more to getting by.
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The book starts off with an exploration and discovery of wabi-sabi in existing environments, then it moves into the history and philosophy of the wabi-sabi, the aesthetics, and the cultivation of a wabi-sabi lifestyle. One chapter, about 1/2 way through, is dedicated to reducing clutter and creating space for wabi-sabi. I found this section to be a great reminder that many of us have a difficult time with ideas like wabi-sabi because we have too much to do, we're too distracted, and we live in a cluttered world.
Ironically, I found the layout of the book to distract from the content. The main text is frequently interrupted with anecdotes, images, examples, and lists that often span more than one page and repeatedly disrupt the flow of the chapter. These disruptions become longer and more frequent as you move into the body of the book. Eventually, it feels like the anecdotes are competing with the main text, causing the reader to feel like they are being constantly interrupted by the kid with all the answers.
This is a good DIY book for creative people looking for ideas and inspiration, but not a book I'd recommend for an introspective study of wabi-sabi.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved my wabi sabi book on "the life-changing magic of tidying up' by marie kondo but this book did not meet an good rating.Published 13 months ago by Meir
Simply Imperfect makes perfect sense for the way we should be living now.Published 13 months ago by catherine w anderson
This is the third time that I have bought this book as I have given away the previous two.Published 14 months ago by Sherryn Silverthorne
As a middle-aged woman, I'm fighting the notion I have to be as perfect as possible. Our American culture airbrushes away any blemish, wrinkle, or curve a woman earns as she lives... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gail Gates
I had heard about this from my exercise instructor on TV and I expected it to be a form of art and to me this form of belongings seemed just lower class instead of classic grandeur... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Ruth Leighton
I've studied Wabi-Sabi on a serious level and I find it ironic that a book about Wabi-Sabi gives you shopping and home decorating advice. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Earth Witch