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