Penguin Essential Art Reads – Book Bundle

The-Beauty-of-Everyday-ThingsThe Beauty of Everyday Things
Soetsu Yanagi
RRP $22.99

The Japanese philosopher and aesthete’s definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today – anonymity, quality, simplicity and honesty – and, of course, wabi-sabi, the beauty of imperfection.

The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects, common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are our constant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe – the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfilling utilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.

In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essays call for us to deepen and transform our relationship with the objects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple, humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest, honest, handcrafted things – from traditional teacups to jars to cloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appeal of simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.

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Laurence King Activity Activation! – Book Bundle

For small kids & big kids at heart! Activate your family & your creative juices with this fun bundle for all ages from Laurence King Publishing. Perfect for game night & any budding photographer young or old!


I-Saw-It-First!-OceanI Saw It First! Ocean
Caroline Selmes
RRP $29.99

I Saw It First! Ocean contains three hundred ocean creatures populate the board of this carefully engineered game. Some are familiar like the blue whale, sockeye salmon and the clownfish, others less so, like the water bear, barreleye and horse-eye jack. Pick a counter from the box and be the first to spot that animal on the board!

Coming in a triangular box with a hexagonal double-sided board, I Saw It First! Ocean features charming illustrations by Caroline Selmes. Simple to understand but addictive to play, this fun and challenging game will delight adults and children alike.

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