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Korea Style reveals the intrinsic elements of Korean design; simplicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural. Despite the filtering of Japanese and Western design ideas into Korea over the millennia, the peninsula has maintained its own identity and is gaining recognition for its own particular "style". Spatial, spiritual and material qualities are reflected in the simple beauty of its architectural design, while classic objects that immediately distinguish themselves as being ...
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Korea Style

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Overview

Korea Style reveals the intrinsic elements of Korean design; simplicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural. Despite the filtering of Japanese and Western design ideas into Korea over the millennia, the peninsula has maintained its own identity and is gaining recognition for its own particular "style". Spatial, spiritual and material qualities are reflected in the simple beauty of its architectural design, while classic objects that immediately distinguish themselves as being uniquely Korean are used with distinctive flair in interior decoration.

Korea Style is the first book devoted to the country's architecture and interior design-featuring twenty-two exceptional homes, studios and public and heritage buildings. Ranging from vernacular to cutting-edge creations, all are a celebration of the country's natural landscape, arts and crafts and architectural heritage juxtaposed with a drive towards invention, experimentation and individuality.
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Library Journal
These books offer two different views of vernacular Asian style and its incorporation into modern residential d cor. Freelance writer Lim introduces Chinese furniture and accessories for amateur decorators rather than connoisseurs. In the first half, she defines Chinese style, describes products made for export, and identifies authentic antiques. In the latter half, she shows in color photographs homes that have successfully used Chinese decorative accessories and concludes with a resources section and a glossary. Iwatate (Japan Houses) and art exhibitor Unsoo show how vernacular Korean home design and decoration with its regard for "[s]implicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural" has been incorporated into the 20-plus contemporary commercial and residential buildings visited here. An introduction chronicles Korean residential style and discusses how it evolved into the styles depicted in color photographs. Both books are recommended for large interior design collections and where there is an interest in Asian style; Lim's book is recommended for public libraries with its practical decorating advice. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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"Iwatate and art exhibitor Unsoo show how vernacular Korean home design and decoration with its regard for "[s]implicity, moderation, constraint, and a deep respect for all things natural" has been incorporated into the 20-plus contemporary commercial and residential buildings visited here."—Library Journal

"[Korea Style] is an inspirational piece for both the everyday and the professional student of design."—East West

"Don't be fooled into thinking [a commitment to minimalism] means cold or empty. These are rich, textural spaces that make you think about home in a whole new way."—Capital Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462906659
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

Marcia Iwatate is one of the leading professionals in the Japanese design and food industry. She is the author of Eat.Work.Shop., and the co-author of Japan Houses and Shunju: New Japanese Cuisine, which won a James Beard Award in 2004.

Kim Unsoo was born in Korea and educated in the United States. She has worked in the contemporary art field in both New York and Seoul. She lives in Seoul with her husband and two children.

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