ZEN INTERIORS by Vinny Lee
Interiors inspired by the philosophy of Zen provide the ideal refuge from today's frantic lifestyle; Reflects ever-expanding fascination with Oriental influence on Western design; Photography by major interiors photographers; The elements of Zen are synonymous with natural harmony, balance, lack of clutter, inner peace and calm. These ancient Zen principles are increasingly sought after in interior design today. Zen Interiors shows how balancing formal design with a respect for nature is a vital element of contemporary design. Tracing the influence of the East on Western design this beautiful book provides both inspiration and fundamental advice on how to achieve a calm and harmonious interior. The first section introduces the key elements in creating a zen-style interior, the most important of which are simplicity and serenity. Vinny Lee looks at materials and fabrics and how they can give a sense of touch and texture, the use of light to echo nature and how paring down and clever use storage space can create order and harmony. The second section puts these principles into practice showing how the areas of your home can be arranged and decorated to create tranquil and calming atmospheres. One Zen belief is that you can find pleasure in the simplest everyday tasks, from bathing to the preparation of food, so the rooms where these activities take place are dealt with, from eating places, living rooms, sleeping spaces and bathrooms. Objects and ornaments also play an important role in the zen interior on an aesthetic level as well as providing us with a way of keeping in touch with the natural world. With inspirational images and sound advice, Zen Interiors provides an illuminating source of elemental interior design ideas.