Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney with Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel takes, as its founding principal, the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which advocates that beauty is found in imperfection, impermanence and the authentic.

McCartney (et al) explore this established aesthetic in a new way to ensure they didn’t lose sight of living in the 21st century, where designers are merging digital technology with the handmade, interior designers are rethinking how to use space and the natural world is giving birth to new creative expressions.

As this collaborative process involved working across continents, they created a list of words and phrases that defined how to curate the work they wanted to include in this stunning book: mutability; irregularity; unfinished and incomplete; void; the effects of accident; unpretentious; simplicity; contrasts; and Leonard Koren’s idea that ‘beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness’.

Perfect Imperfect is an inspirational book; McCartney’s thought provoking commentary and interviews are accompanied by stunning visuals from the homes and studios of international and Australian creatives. ‘I was always overwhelmed by the intelligence applied to their process. I feel delighted to have met these people: artists, video directors, designers, photographers, architects, ceramicists, retailers, hoteliers, gallery owners and visual merchandisers. With each interview, the written content became richer and has resulted in a true exploration of creativity and true originality’, says McCartney.

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To accompany the release of the book, Perfect Imperfect exhibition, curated by Karen McCartney, Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel in collaboration with Hotel Hotel opens 27 April at the Nishi Gallery, Canberra.


Nishi Gallery at HotelHotel, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon Canberra, ACT
Exhibition runs from 28 April – 8 May in the Nishi Gallery at Hotel Hotel

Book signing on 12th May at 6.30pm at Potts Point bookshop
14 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney


Related Post: Superhouse by Karen McCartney.


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[Images courtesy of Karen McCartney.]


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  1. Hanna Nova Beatrice listar inredningsnyheter v.14 | Residence

    […] Om några veckor släpps inredningsboken Perfect Imperfect, med en rad vackra hem och kreativa studios, varvat med tankeväckande texter. Fokus ligger på skönheten i det icke perfekta, rum och objekt med patina och lyfter fram det unika och förgängliga. Traditionella japanska filosofin wabi-sabi uppdaterat med samtida design och moden teknologi. Författare är Karen McCartney. Foto via […]


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