Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence

Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence

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By (author) Andrew Juniper

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 226mm x 14mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0804834822
  • ISBN 13: 9780804834827
  • Illustrations note: b&w
  • Sales rank: 32,534

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Wabi sabi, the quintessential Japanese design aesthetic, is quickly gaining popularity around the world. Wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. As a design style, wabi sabi helps us to appreciate the simple beauty in imperfection - of a chipped vase or a rainy day, for example.

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"Andrew Juniper" provides a fascinating explanation of wabi sabi, taking the reader from the art's fifteenth-century Japanese origins to its modern day practical applications. The book is peppered with photographs and illustrations that demonstrate how wabi sabi can help provide an alternative to the fast paced, mass produced, neon lit world of today. He lives in Sussex, England where he runs the Wabi-Sabi Art Gallery.

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"A rich read detailing the history, art, culture, design, and spiritual aspects of all things wabi sabi. Explains it deeply and accessibly at the same time."--"Chicago Tribune"