Books: Perfect Imperfect – The Beauty of Accident, Age and Patina

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Perfect, Imperfect is a beautiful, inspirational book, that is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, collaboration, re-use, re-imagining, and true originality. Its founding principal is the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which advocates the beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic. Imagine this, then, set it in the context of 21st century living, where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, as well as incorporating the natural world.

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The book is split into visual sections: Spirit of Nature; Strange Beauty; Mark of Hand; Deep Shadow; Weathering and Decay; and Incomplete and Irregular. Each one is beautifully styled and photographed by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel resulting in a collection of images that fascinate and intrigue, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney who has a wealth of experience in interior design, art and architecture.

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The homes and studios of the creatives featured are from all over the world and the interiors all have one thing in common. That they mix current design objects alongside well-worn ones, and that they mix comfort, design and off-beat beauty.

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There’s no doubt there is a skill in combining so many disparate objects – in the wrong hands it could be disastrous – but each and every designer featured is a master at this art. The result is a weighty tome of inspiring page after inspiring page.

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I have a feeling I’ll be dipping in and out of this one for some time to come.

Perfect Imperfect published by Murdoch Books

Perfect Imperfect: the beauty of accident, age & patina by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel (Murdoch Books, £25.00). Photography by Sharyn Cairns.

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10 Comments

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    Jakob Fysioterapeut

    July 16, 2016

    Love the images!
    The marble fireplace is truly amazing!
    Wish I had one like that:-)

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      deardesigner

      July 16, 2016

      It is lovely isn’t it Jakob 🙂

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    Tiff

    July 7, 2016

    Oh I absolutely love this-it could only be the work of Sharyn and Glen, such a trademark style of theirs. x

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      deardesigner

      July 8, 2016

      You must get the book Tiff. It’s beautiful. x

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    Cate

    July 5, 2016

    Beautiful, I love the idea of wabi sabi and finding perfection in the imperfect, I’ve just stripped the carpet off my stairs for example, and am loving the strip of unpainted wood down the middle where the old runner once was, I’m tempted to leave it as it is instead of painting it a pristine white! x

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      deardesigner

      July 5, 2016

      Go for it Cate. I’ll bet it looks great that way 🙂

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    Maxine Brady

    July 5, 2016

    OH My Goodness. I wish I had read this book before I plastered over my raw exposed wall….I wasn’t sure how to make it work in the room and gave up and covered it up. But now…I wish I had kept it. I must grab a copy of this book for sure.

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      deardesigner

      July 5, 2016

      It’s really inspiring Maxine. I recommend it 🙂

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    Hannah

    July 4, 2016

    wow what beautiful photography! v inspiring x

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      deardesigner

      July 5, 2016

      It’s a lovely book Hannah. x

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