Perfect Imperfect

The beauty of accident, age & patina

Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel


If you have read The House that Pinterest Built, Smart Spaces, The Alchemy of Things, or Elements of Style you're going to love Perfect Imperfect.

Wabi-sabi and new creative interior design expressions: Perfect Imperfect is a stunning collection of homes and studios of creatives from all over the world, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney and stunning visuals by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel. Perfect Imperfect takes as its founding principle the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi advocates the beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic. Importantly this is done without losing sight of the benefits of living in the 21st century; where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, rethinking how to use space and accommodating the natural world.

Creating a new interior design vocabulary: As the collaborative process for creating Perfect Imperfect involved working across continents, the authors created a list of words and phrases that define how to curate the work they include in their stunning book. Their new interior design and interior decorating vocabulary includes terms such as mutability, irregularity, unfinished and incomplete, void, the effects of accident, unpretentious, simplicity, contrasts, and Leonard Koren's idea that 'beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness'.

The new words and phrases introduced by the authors define the book's visual sections:

• Spirit of Nature
• Strange Beauty
• Mark of Hand
• Deep Shadow
• Weathering & Decay
• And, Incomplete and Irregular

A beautiful, inspirational decorative book: Perfect Imperfect is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse, reimagining and true originality. It explores an established aesthetic in a new way and embraces current design objects alongside well-worn ones; featuring interior settings that mix comfort, design and an off-beat beauty.

Author bio:

Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of design, interiors and architecture. She edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was the founding editor of Inside Out magazine before becoming Editorial Director (Lifestyle) at News Corp. She is the author of the bestselling architecture books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses, both published by Murdoch Books. These books were translated into highly successful exhibitions at the Museum of Sydney. Superhouse and White Rooms are her latest books.

Glen Proebstel is a New York based stylist. He has a number of international clients, and has worked for many Australian and international magazines, including UK Red, Bon Appetit, Donna Hay, British Elle Decoration, Vogue Living and Quintessential.

Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia. Her work is featured in many notable Australian and international magazines, including Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Living, British Elle Decoration and UK House & Garden. Sharyn has photographed numerous cookbooks for well-known chefs, including Maggie Beer, Tobie Puttock and Jacques Reymond.

Category: Lifestyle
ISBN: 9781743364826
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Imprint: Murdoch Books
Series: HOW IT HAPPENED ?6 PROFILE: Martyn Thompson 14 Seeking out the unfamiliar 26 PROFILE: Nectar Efkarpidis 32 Organic mechanical 44 PROFILE: Roman and Williams 48 Spirit of nature 62 PROFILE: Don Cameron 70 The art of accidents 84 PROFILE: John Wardle 90 Strange beauty 104 PROFILE: Alison Coates 112 Hidden architecture 124 PROFILE: Nicholas Jones 134 Mark of the hand 140 PROFILE: Hotel Hotel 148 Finding inspiration in the broken 164 PROFILE: Sofie Lachaert & Luc d Hanis 168 Deep shadow 178 PROFILE: Sibella Court 186 From the land 196 PROFILE: JAMES PLUMB 202 Appreciating the patina of history 212 PROFILE: Jean-Christophe Aumas 216 Weathering & decay 228 Working in a different dimension 236 PROFILE: Boulevard Leopold 242 Reviving an ancient craft 254 PROFILE: Bea Mombaers 258 Weaving connections 268 Incomplete & irregular 274 RESOURCES 282 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 287
Publication date: May 2016
Page Extent: 288
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Lifestyle & personal style guides