Perfect Imperfect - The Beauty of Accident, Age & Patina

Author(s): Karen McCartney; Sharyn Cairns; Glen Proebstel

Interior Design

The core value of Perfect Imperfect is the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi: that there is beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanence, and the authentic. This is done without losing sight of the benefits of living in the 21st century, where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade to produce items that combine the best of both worlds.

This inspirational book, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney and stunning visuals by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse, reimagining, and true originality.

Perfect Imperfect explores an established aesthetic in a new way, as illustrated by the homes and studios of international and Australian creatives. It embraces current design objects alongside well-worn ones, and features interior settings that mix comfort, design and an offbeat beauty.


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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.

HOW IT HAPPENED ?6 PROFILE: Martyn Thompson 14 Seeking out the unfamiliar 26 PROFILE: Nectar Efkarpidis 32 Organic mechanical 44 PROFILE: Roman and Williams 48 Spirit of nature 62 PROFILE: Don Cameron 70 The art of accidents 84 PROFILE: John Wardle 90 Strange beauty 104 PROFILE: Alison Coates 112 Hidden architecture 124 PROFILE: Nicholas Jones 134 Mark of the hand 140 PROFILE: Hotel Hotel 148 Finding inspiration in the broken 164 PROFILE: Sofie Lachaert & Luc d.Hanis 168 Deep shadow 178 PROFILE: Sibella Court 186 From the land 196 PROFILE: JAMES PLUMB 202 Appreciating the patina of history 212 PROFILE: Jean-Christophe Aumas 216 Weathering & decay 228 Working in a different dimension 236 PROFILE: Boulevard Leopold 242 Reviving an ancient craft 254 PROFILE: Bea Mombaers 258 Weaving connections 268 Incomplete & irregular 274 RESOURCES 282 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 287

General Fields

  • : 9781743364819
  • : Murdoch Books Pty Limited
  • : Murdoch Books
  • : 1.68736
  • : January 2016
  • : 25.00 cmmm
  • : Australia
  • : April 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Karen McCartney; Sharyn Cairns; Glen Proebstel
  • : Hardback
  • : 416
  • : English
  • : 745.4
  • : 220