Asian Elements: Natural Balance in Eastern Design

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An Asian aesthetic has taken root in the West. Asian interiors extol the use of natural materials, and exude a sense of harmony and balance in tune with today's softened minimalism. This sourcebook of authentic Asian styles from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bali, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and southern India breaks a way from traditional interior design books. It is divided according to the five elements: AIR examines the use of space, light, and indoor/outdoor architecture; EARTH explores Asian gardens, including Japanese Zen gardens, and materials like clay, stone, terra-cotta, and concrete; WATER looks at bathrooms, waterside homes, and water gardens; FIRE focuses on kitchens and materials transformed by fire: metal, glass, and ceramics; WOOD contains furniture, textiles, and wood-related materials from bamboo to rattan.

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Asian Elements offers a rich sampling of Asian themes and styles from homes in Sri Lanka, Bali, Hong Kong, and beyond. The perfect choice for devotees of the austere oriental aesthetic, its presentation is divided along the lines of the five elements: earth (gardens, clay, stone), air (space, light, flow), fire (kitchens, metal, glass), water (bathrooms, waterside homes), and wood (furniture, textiles). Is it beautiful? Yes. Is it useful? Well... that depends. Categorizing the material by element is a very photogenic concept, and the book presents a sumptuous assortment of oriental textures and accents. A double-page spread shows items made from wood: bamboo stalks, a staircase, a pair of Japanese geta (clogs), writing scrolls, the bark of a tree--all photographed with warmth and simplicity. While it will provide hours of dewy daydreaming, this may be one book that doesn't make the journey from coffee table to work table when you're making plans to decorate your home. --Jhana Bach

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