Perfect Imperfect by Karen McCartney
An interior design book that embodies a philosophy of thoughtfulness and creativity in living. Perfect Imperfect takes as its founding principle the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, advocating 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 to produce items that combine the best of both worlds.
This inspirational book, with thought-provoking text by Karen McCartney and stunning visuals by Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, is a celebration of accident, curation, collection, hesitation, collaboration, reuse, reimagining and true originality.
Perfect Imperfect explores an established aesthetic in a new way, as illustrated by the homes and studios of international and Australian creatives. It embraces current design objects alongside well-worn ones, and features interior settings that mix comfort, design and an offbeat beauty.
About the Author
Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of interior design, art and architecture. She has written for British Elle Decoration, The Financial Times and The World of Interiors. In Australia she edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was founding editor of interiors magazine Inside Out, a position she held for 10 years. Now an editorial consultant to online brand Temple & Webster, she has published 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and a sequel, 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses with Murdoch Books, as well as Superhouses and with David Harrison, White Rooms.
Glen Proebstel is a New York based stylist. He has a number of international clients, and has worked for many Australian and international magazines, including UK Red, Bon Appetit, Donna Hay, British Elle Decoration, Vogue Living and Quintessential.
Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia. Her work is featured in many notable Australian and international magazines, including Gourmet Traveller, Vogue Living, British Elle Decoration and UK House & Garden. Sharyn has photographed numerous cookbooks for well-known chefs, including Maggie Beer, Tobie Puttock and Jacques Reymond.