Perfect Imperfect ~ Karen McCartney
The beauty of accident, age and patina.
A beautiful, inspirational decorative book: Perfect Imperfect is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse, reimagining and true originality. It explores an established aesthetic in a new way and embraces current design objects alongside well-worn ones; featuring interior settings that mix comfort, design and an off-beat beauty.
Wabi-sabi and new creative interior design expressions: Perfect Imperfect is a stunning collection of homes and studios of creatives from all over the world, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney and stunning visuals by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel. Perfect Imperfect takes as its founding principle the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi advocates the beauty to be found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic. Importantly this is done without losing sight of the benefits of living in the 21st century; where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, rethinking how to use space and accommodating the natural world.
Karen McCartney is best known for her work in the world of interiors, architecture and design. In Australia she was editor of marie claire lifestyle and launch editor of Inside Out, which she ran for ten years. In tandem with her magazine work, Karen has written several books on architecture and design (Iconic Australian Houses, Superhouse, and Perfect Imperfect). She is architecture editor of Belle magazine, and has a weekly design and architecture column in Fairfax Media's Good Weekend.