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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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A member of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems Board of Directors and an advisory board member for the Healthy House Institute, Lawrence has been featured in USA Today, on CNN and in top-tier newspapers, magazines and TV programs worldwide. The Conservation Research Institute describes her as "one of the best-informed advocates of natural living in America."
Lawrence's 2004 book, The Wabi-Sabi House, which introduced Americans to the 15th-century Japanese philosophy of simplicity, serenity and authenticity, received critical acclaim in Time magazine and The New York Times. A revised and updated edition was released in paperback as Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House. Lawrence co-authored 7 Steps to a Safe, Nurturing Nursery, an e-book, with integrative health expert Dr. Frank Lipman, M.D.
Lawrence, a longtime yogi and yoga teacher, lives in Boulder, Colorado. Learn more at www.robyngriggslawrence.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Yes, as one of the other reviewers notes the photos are in black and white (well more of a sepia tint) which for me worked. It forced me to really look at the photos.... to slow down and experience them since they aren't as visually stimulating on the surface but if you look closely they are truly beautiful.
It is a good read, but don't expect beautiful colored photos like the one on the cover!
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 9 months ago by Meir
Simply Imperfect makes perfect sense for the way we should be living now.Published 10 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 10 months ago by Sherryn Silverthorne
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 23 months ago by Ruth Leighton
She's an interesting and informative writer and her style of quotes and pictures makes the book a delight to readPublished on February 8, 2014 by Rose Cannella
The meaning of Wabi-Sabi is greatly illustrated in this book. The content is laid out in an easy-to-read fashion, very Zenful, nice intro my new concept of Wabi-SabiPublished on January 31, 2014 by Kelly Hill
I found this book on the communal "reading while you visit' book shelf at Rancho Margot, Costa Rica and leafed through it - reading some parts - savoring others. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by joan lorenz
I have a very good friend that I thought would appreciate this book. Along with it I put together a colage of small addtionals all using the wabi sabi way. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by L. Weisser