Book Review: ‘Wabi Inspirations’ by Axel Vervoordt – Study of Wabi-sabi Designs

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Axel Vervoordt’s new book titled “Wabi Inspirations” takes its cue from the ancient traditional Japanese philosophy called Wabi-sabi. In many ways it’s more than just a philosophy and is instead a whole world view based on the acceptance of transience in the universe. Everything is seen as temporary, fleeting and brief in being and it is not difficult to see the strong Zen Buddhist vein running through the aesthetic tradition.

Vervoordt is an art and antiques dealer from Belgium and has written this book to share his passion on Wabi style with the world. Also an Interior Designer, the author’s work has for a long time been inspired by Eastern art and traditions and has become a guiding principle in much of what he does. Simplicity and humility are the key components that many in the West find most agreeable in the Wabi-sabi way of thinking, where everything superfluous is rejected. This leads to design styles which suit a minimalist yet warmly traditional mix.

The book “Wabi Inspirations” contains a large collection of photographs which guide the reader through a series of explorations into the heart of the Wabi-sabi philosophy. Pictures can be found of interiors from Japan and Korea all the way to Belgium and Switzerland, each incorporating local styles into the simplicity, modesty, intimacy, asymmetry and appreciation of natural objects which make up Wabi décor. For anyone interested in Buddhism and simple interior styles, this book will make an ideal addition to your bookshelf.

You can buy this book here: Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations.

Price: 40.95

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