Tidy Space

Zen and Shaker Design Solutions for Tidy Living


A gem of a little gift book, offering readers hundreds of different solutions for de-cluttering their lives and their living spaces using the inspiration of American Shaker style and contemporary Japanese design.


ISBN: 9780957471771 Category:


Two design styles perfectly embrace tidiness. One was developed in the United States in the 18th century by a devout sect of Quakers who had emigrated from England, the other was formed over thousands of years on the islands of Japan. Although they have no historical link, the Shaker aesthetic, and that of the Japanese Zen style, have much in common. For them both furniture is kept to minimum, objects are hidden away in carefully designed storage spaces, rooms are kept empty with the focus on a few design elements on the walls, natural materials are emphasised both in the construction of rooms and furniture. Here, for the first time, photographer and author Michael Freeman has brought together numerous examples of rooms from both Shaker and Japanese homes to demonstrate how home owners can be inspired by these two remarkable design styles. Divided into chapters on Lessening, Harmonizing, Containing and Storing, the book guides the reader on a journey of beautiful tidiness. Specially designed cut edges to the book and a removable bellyband give the finishing touches to this little gem of a book. A perfect publication to inspire designers and home owners to bring calm to their interior spaces.

Additional information

Weight 786 g
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name Eight Books Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2016
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Michael Freeman
Dimensions 17.4 x 24.1 cm
Weight 786 g


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Michael Freeman is an award-winning and bestselling photographer and author. His book on digital photography, The Photographer's Eye, continues to be the world's bestselling publication on the subject. He is also known for his remarkable photographic work in Asia and America. His many publications include American Masterworks, China Style, Mindful Design of Japan, China Contemporary, New Oriental Style and Tea Horse Road.