East West Style: A Design Guide for Blending Eastern and Western Elements at Home (Anglais) Broché – 28 septembre 2000
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I was looking for a book that had plenty of examples of living rooms, bathrooms, and bedroom that had fused east and west elements. Some other books I have looked at concentrated more on phyical eastern objects and pieces.
This book gives a very good introduction on paring American and European style furniture with Asian style furniture. There are plently of pictures and the writing is simple and easy to understand. One picture has a Le Corbusier Chaise Lounge ( LC 4) in the bedroom adjacent to a crocodile shaped teak bench in front of a bed. Most traditional modernists wouldn't have thought of such a pairing.
Other photos include a compact Eames Sofa in asian style living room.
There lots of screens ,bamboo and fabrics examples in the photos as well.
This book will be a great coffee table book as well. I've had lots of people pick it up when they come over.
The bottom line is that once you read and look at the pictures many times, you develop your own sense of style. This practice determines which style works for you.
This book will give you focus on your objective to combine the two elements in your home.
Perhaps one day, your living room, bathroom or bedroom will be featured on Metropolitan Home because of this book.
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.
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.