Architecture & Design Library: Eastern Spirit

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Steeped in tradition, symbolism, and spirituality, Eastern design offers an exoticism like no other. Japanese minimalism soothes and refreshes the soul, while the warmth of finely crafted Chinese pieces imbues rooms with subtle elegance. This fascinating sourcebook provides information and inspiration to give your home a total makeover, or simply to infuse a room with Eastern flavor. Visit traditional and contemporary Far Eastern houses to discover how the ancient design principles of geometry, definition of space, Zen restraint, and the inclusion of nature--as well as materials such as lacquer, wood, and concrete--can transform your home. Stroll through traditional Chinese courtyards and Japanese gardens to learn how to adapt the proportion, scale, and color--not to mention the latticework, covered walkways, and ornamental bridges--of these "outdoor rooms" to your own retreat. Then use the newfound knowledge of this design treasure trove to create the peaceful and serene home of your dreams.

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Reviewed with Ann Rooney Heuer's Town Houses.

In a surprisingly inexpensive review of different styles and building types, the Architecture & Library^B series is authored by well-credentialed home-decor editors who know how to present themes and illustrated tips. The latest two additions to a growing collection spotlight town houses and the Eastern influence in much the same way. Introductions for both scope out the history of the form--a centuries-long love affair with all things natural for Asian peoples and a back-to-the-twelfth-century European legacy for town houses. From there, pictures dominate, accompanied by captions that more than adequately explain the design intent. Exteriors come first, contrasting a plethora of architecture in narrowly constructed homes versus a harmony with nature in Japan and China. Then interiors are covered. Occasional printing mishaps mar the color presentation, but readers will find it easy to pry for ideas and hints. Barbara Jacobs
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