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East West Style: A Design Guide for Blending Eastern and Western Elements at Home (Anglais) Broché – 28 septembre 2000


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SIMPLICITY IS ESSENTIAL TO JAPANESE DESIGN AND A DOMINANT FEATURE IN EAST-WEST INTERIORS. Lire la première page
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East is more than Japan 7 juin 2001
Par "janejane" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
If you think that Eastern style is all about Japanese style and minimalism then this is the book for you. But if you think Asia includes India, Thailand, Burma, Bali, Korea etc, you will find this book and its aesthetic a huge disappointment. I did. Stick with Kelly Hoppen.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
too unfocused 18 avril 2002
Par Justus Pendleton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The five main chapters of this book are "Simplicity and Order", "Proportion and Form", "Harmony and Balance", "Color and Texture", and "Eastern Treasures". The book purports to show you those "eastern" elements can be incorporated into western rooms. Well obviously the concepts of color and texture aren't unique to the east so you might expect a length discussion about how eastern notions of color and texture differ from western notions and how the two can blend together to create a harmonious and beautiful room. Instead, the two pages of text in this chapter merely say, "Ancient Eastern beliefs include much color symbolism that relates to the emotional responses the colors evoke" and "The Eastern affinity for natural fibers and materials introduces a broad range of textures". Gee, thanks.
The other problem is the poor dilenation of topics. If you flip to a random picture in the book you'll have a hard time whether they are trying to tell you something about texture or proportion. Certainly, in a complete room all of the factors need to balance each other out, but without focusing on each one individually it is harder to grasp its importance.
There are a few hundred photos of designs that look like they would, for the most part, require expensive modifications (for instance, the kitchen with contrasting textures made of three separate materials or the dining room with the floor treatment). As another reviewer pointed out, virtually all of the photographs reflect a Japanese and (to a much lesser extent) Chinese aesthetic.
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Great blend of western & Asian design 30 avril 2001
Par Angel Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is a wonderful book for anyone wanting to elements of Asian design, which are so popular today, to their home. With so much to choose from you can't help but be inspired. Sections focus on various principles including simplicity, order, proportion, harmony, balance, color and texture. Examples in photos are accompanied by descriptive text.
Since I am a crafter I am always on the lookout for the things I can make for myself and I saw many here that I could. My favorite idea is a Japanese-style dining table that is sunken into the ground. It looks so elegant and I am dreaming of having one someday. They also use lots of screens, which are one of my favorite elements with their beauty and versatility. I though an attic room with a semi-hidden bed was a great idea as well.
I appreciate the practical approach here of incorporating authentic Asian design into existing Western homes of various types. If you are looking for some fresh ideas for your home and want a simple, yet elegant style this book will give you some great ideas.
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Excellent, thoughtful, serious and whimsical! 26 janvier 2001
Par "lesliecarroll" - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I am so pleased with this purchase. I was a little skeptical initially because the front picture wasn't to my taste, but the inside photos show diverse ways in which to incorporate eastern elements into a liveable design scheme. Another thing that I appreciate about this specialized design books is that I learned general principles of design from the author. The photos are beautiful, the rooms are beautiful, and the suggestions are thoughtful and fairly easy to implement without going crazy overboard on money. I love it! Can't wait to start buying seriously!
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Beautiful Photos and Ideas 17 novembre 2000
Par Marcus Rabovsky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I am about to purchase a condo and was wondering how I wanted it decorated... I always loved the minimalistic, Japanese, Zen style... So I ended up with this book... And what a find... I don't know where to start first... GREAT PHOTOS AND IDEAS!
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