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Perfect Imperfect: The beauty of accident, age & patina Hardcover – 5 May 2016
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Homes with a wellworn, off-beat beauty, filled with hand-crafted objects, are at the heart of Karen McCartneys new book,. Featuring striking photographs by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, it explores homes where character and comfort are created in unexpected ways, using makeshift decoration and imaginative recycling. Out 5 May. --Elle Decoration, May 2016
Ever since I designed the Rough Luxe hotel in London in 2007, I've been fascinated by the Japanese approach to aesthetics that accepts imperfections; wabi-sabi. The only material I could find in English was a book by Leonard Koren published in 1994. Nothing since, until now, to my delight, a book by Karen McCartney with beautiful photography by Sharyn Cairns and styling by Glen Proebstel. Wabi-sabi is more a philosophy than purely an aesthetic; it espouses the splendour of accidents of life and nature and the pure beauty of imperfection forged by the erosion of time. The blend of the wabi-sabi philosophy with twenty-first century living is illustrated with stunning photography of objects, architecture, interiors and creative people, with a pertinent text that includes interviews with ceramicist Nicola Tassie and sculptor Alison Coates. I have always said perfection does not exist: only the beauty of imperfection is real and authentic. The publication is more than a beautiful book; it's a survey and a reference. The content is an inspiration that will influence the next decade of western design. --House & Garden
Decay is fashionable. Perfect Imperfect is a celebration of patina, weathering, irregularity, accidents and the idea that 'beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness'. It's about the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi, which advocates the beauty found in imperfection. There's hope for all of us and our dishevelled homes. --Sunday Times Home
About the Author
Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of interior design, art and architecture. She has written for British Elle Decoration, The Financial Times and The World of Interiors. In Australia she edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was founding editor of interiors magazine Inside Out, a position she held for 10 years. Now an editorial consultant to online brand Temple & Webster, she has published 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and a sequel, 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses with Murdoch Books, as well as Superhouses and with David Harrison, White Rooms. 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.