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Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

By Leonard Koren

This book, by Leonard Koren, captures a spirit that inspires us daily at the Bellocq tea atelier. 

"Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional..." 

About the Author:

Leonard Koren was trained as an architect but never built anything except an eccentric Japanese tea house. Instead he shifted an education in urban planning to a career in art, working across the States, writing in Japan, and creating WET: the Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, one of the premier avant-garde magazines of the 1970s. Koren has produced several books about design and aesthetics (i.e. Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object PlacementWhich "Aesthetics" Do You Mean: Ten Definitions), and remains preeminent in the design field for articulating the Japanese theory of wabi-sabi to the Western World. 

 See also: Wabi-Sabi, Further Thoughts

  • Item Details

    Paperback / 95 pages / black & white illustrations / Published by Imperfect Publishing, Point Reyes, CA, 2008 Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.6" x .4"