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Asian Style : Creating Ideas for Enhancing Your Space

de Gex, Jenny

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ISBN 10: 0789310198 / ISBN 13: 9780789310194
Published by Universe, NY, 2003
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Title: Asian Style : Creating Ideas for Enhancing ...

Publisher: Universe, NY

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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The Asian Style Source Book features the design and decoration of Japan and China. This includes embroidery, lacquerware, and calligraphy, as well as screens, temples, and tea ceremonies. This book pays close attention to the famous gardens of Asia, including Chinese gardens, stepping stones, Japanese gardens, Zen gardens, and water gardens.

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Focusing specifically on colors, textures, and imagery from China and Japan, Asian Style presents a new look into stylistic elements that are often hundreds of years old. Covering texture, materials, architecture, and decoration, you'll find many pages of beautiful inspiration and historical detail. It begins with a look at how specific colors are interpreted differently than in the West, notably red, yellow, white, and gold. Back in A.D. 206, yellow was chosen as the color of the Chinese emperors, much the same as purple was chosen in western civilizations. While many of us may associate yellow with fast food more than intricately embroidered silk, the close-up photos of ancient robes and buildings may have you looking at this color with a fresh eye. Patterns common in Asian art are also explored in detail; as author Jenny de Gex says, "Where we see only the random juxtaposition of flowers, animal, and geometric designs, the Chinese and Japanese will 'read' a story written in a visual language rich in linguistic and literary allusions." Moving onto use of materials like paper, stone, and wood, readers will find a historical perspective on these natural textures, and how ancient uses can be translated into modern times. Not a book that provides specific how-to ideas or floor plans, it is rather an exploration of stylistic differences between cultures that is a refreshing change from misguided attempts at westernizing feng shui. Ending with a short section on Japanese gardens, the overall sense is of a book in love with the rich simplicity available from these two ancient cultures. --Jill Lightner

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