Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets &
illustrated essay on the quintessential Japanese aestethic
of imperfect and impermanent beauty. "Wabi-sabi" is
presented as a protypical "complete" aesthetic, nature based
and "soft" in contrast to the "hard" digital aesthetics of
modern computer-age design.
Praise of Shadows
essay on asthetics, which shows the collision between the
shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling
light of the modern age. The text covers architecture, jade,
food and the use of space in buildings.
Nogushi, East and West
portray of the sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi
(1904-88). Ashton intricately delineates Noguchi's artistic
quest, following the progress of his work and explaining the
way he drew inspiration from countless sources - ancient and
modern, American and Japanese, including Buckminster Fuller,
Constantin Brancui, and William Blake; Martha Graham's
dance, Noh drama, and the temples and gardens of
Touch for Your Home
book shows how to incorporate Japanese design elements into
Western homes, including tatami floors, shoji screens, and
even a Japanese bath.
The Soul of a
master woodworker, George Nakashima, shares his experiences,
techniques and devotion to wood. I bought the book for
insperation to my own woodworking skills, and learnt much
more than I expected.
The Form and Function of Shaker Architecture
Paul Rocheleau and June Sprigg
beautifully designed book with 250 colour illustrates the
design and architectural legacy of the lost world of the
Frank LLoyd Wright
nice little booklet about one of Frank LLoyd Wrights's most
book examines the origins, the history and the different
types of Japanese gardens that evolved over time as well as
the development of the modern garden and the materials that
go into their creation. It also looks at the author's
favourite gardens, both modern and ancient.
Mind, Beginner's Mind consists of talks transcribed and
edited by disciples of Shunryu Suzuki. One of the best books
for a westerner interested in zen buddhism to
collection of Zen stories and Koans truly shows the flavor
of zen. An excellent and enormously enjoyable collection of
short tales that help illustrate the essence of Zen - often
in witty ways.One of the best and most direct introductions
enlightening account of a session held in France under the
guidance of the renowned Japanese Zen Master, Taisen
Deshimaru (1914-1982). This book answers pressing questions
and provides vital instruction and inspiration for both
beginner or long-time Zen practitioners and those using
meditation as part of their spiritual path.
shows how people can free themselves from the tyranny of the
expected, regardless of age. By first changing themselves,
they then can change their relationships and society. Themes
include: awareness, man's search and the tortured mind.
Krishnamurti uses only known facts; facts that everyone has
to accept because they come from common sense.
from the City
Answers from the Forest
born Jeffrey Phillips, addresses questions on subjects
including monasticism, sexuality, the self, and memory.
Sumano's clarity about his origins and his own limitations
gives him a singular freedom as a spiritual adviser, and his
replies embody patience, compassion, and good humor as well
as good sense.
Road to the Deep North
master Haiku poet, Basho, lived in Japan during the late
1600's. Born into a noble class, he felt his life was more
fulfilled living as a simple peasant. Valued for his
inability to distinguish the difference between economic
barriers, he was well respected and highly sought after as a