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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 ›
I hesitated a long time before the purchase because I was not inspired by Vervoordt’s previous two publications. But I soon realize that’s one of the best book purchase decisions that I ever made, and my number one collection under the category of interior design. I recommend this poetic volume with passion to everyone, even to my close friends and family members, so they can keep their greasy fingers away from mine.
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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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 3 months ago by Adington
I originally bought the book because I like the work of Axel Vervoordt. However I recently purchased it as a gift for a photographer friend because I love the photography. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suzy in Mexico
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 6 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 10 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 12 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 14 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 19 months ago by Bryce B.
Differnet from his other books. His interpretation of wabi-sabi is not that appealing to me.Published 21 months ago by marcey2