by Geeta Mehta (Author), Kimie Tada (Author), Noboru Murata (Photographer)
Japanese homes speak to the soul and offer a contemplative setting in which to explore the world.
Japan Style provides unique glimpses into twenty exquisite traditional Japanese homes. The lavish photographs show how Japanese architecture achieves timeless tranquillity by using a few fundamental, natural elements.
Since wood is considered a “living” material, it is the chosen building material; the country’s Shinto and Zen Buddhist origins have instilled a deep reverence for nature. The houses in this book are a wonderful reminder that there are alternatives to “large is beautiful” and that neither timelessness nor modernity has to be synonymous with the use of cold steel, glass, and concrete.
The wabi-sabi aesthetic, loosely translated by Frank Lloyd Wright as “rusticity and simplicity that borders on isolation,” is regarded as the pinnacle of sophistication in Japanese interior design. The houses in this book encourage us to reconsider the wisdom of our rushed modern way of life and return to a simpler, slower way of life.
A 100-year-old minka farmhouse, an old merchant’s machiya townhouse in Kyoto, a sprawling country Samurai villa, and a new seaside cottage all have the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. This book provides inspiration and unexpected solutions to the design of homes everywhere in the world today, offering insights for architects and homeowners alike.
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