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 techlogy 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.
Karen McCartney has a wealth of experience in the areas of design, interiors and architecture. She edited Marie Claire Lifestyle and was the founding editor of Inside Out magazine before becoming Editorial Director (Lifestyle) at News Corp. She is the author of the bestselling architecture books 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses and 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses, both published by Murdoch Books. These books were translated into highly successful exhibitions at the Museum of Sydney. Superhouse and White Rooms are her latest books.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.