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Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers Paperback – 1 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880656124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880656129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The most interesting short book on aesthetics I've read for a long time...' Financial Times, Saturday 12 January --Financial Times, Saturday 12 January


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So simple--the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete--yet so powerful. A wonderful antidote to the classical Western aesthetic of things massive, enduring, gorgeous, and slick. This book has helped clarify and fine tune my thinking about the various modes of beauty in architecture, my profession.
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There was nothing I didn't like about this book, it captivated me from the first page to the last. Easy to read and also very informative, it presents clear notions of what Wabi-Sabi is and what it is not. It goes down to the roots of the concept and follows its evolution through time and space. The comparisons with our Western art principles are also very clear and helpful. I'd recommend this book to almost anyone who likes reading and very specially to some Western authors who publish their own books on Wabi-Sabi techniques using colours and textures in great excess, that are exactly the contrary to the Wabi-Sabi approach.
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a very compact book with essential things to think about and to consider when you create something in design, paintings etc... It is always with me that book and im glad I buy this
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This is the second time I've brought this book as a gift for a creative loved one. Hope one day to buy my own copy. A really beautiful looking book on the Japanese aesthetic wabi-sabi - the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Recommend it for anyone that sees beauty in the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete...
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Wabi-sabi is a wonderful book about the impermanence of life, the value of simplicity,the importance of letting go, of that which cannot be perfect because true life is not about perfection. Phylosophical and poetic, it is great reading!
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I really wanted to learn about this subject Wabi-Sabi, but the writer uses to many heavy-weight words, which totally ruin the flow of the book, at one point in the book there was no flow, it was like reading a dictionary - I am disappointed :( :(
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By S. Thomas VINE VOICE on 28 July 2004
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While this book did not offer anything remarkably new to me, its message is delivered in a way that is different to the majority. As a Zen Buddhist I feel it deserves a place in every Buddhist's library because of its refreshing approach to these familiar topics.
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Koren at his best, a short concise introduction to thoughts surrounding imperfection, the incomplete and impermanent. Beauty of Japanese aesthetics in a pocket sized book that packs a punch. I have three copies, one in the studio, one on the bedside table and one in my bag.
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