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Jennifer Post: Pure Space: Elegant Minimalism Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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"This stunning new book from designer Jennifer Post showcases her fresh, contemporary interiors and reflects her 'pure space' philosophy." ~AlltheBestToday.com
About the Author
Known throughout the United States and the world for its understated elegant approach to contemporary design, Jennifer Post Design functions as an interior architectural firm as well as a full-service interior-design firm. Post’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and Metropolitan Home, among others. Writer Anna Kasabian has contributed to Coastal Living, The Robb Report, Ocean Home, LUXE, MET Home, and Design New England. She is the author of twelve books, including Guest Rooms (Universe, 2007).
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I googled Jennifer Post. And discovered at "an home" piece about her on the same site. Turns out that she lives in a mostly white, stripped bare apartment in The Apthorp --- her apartment is a lot like the one I had, just a zillion times better done.
Better believe I rushed to get my hands on "Jennifer Post: Pure Space."
Post's signature is minimalism of a very high order. Her white paint isn't what you buy at Home Depot, it's a special, secret formula. She knocks walls down and repositions them, and not for the feng shui of it. Given her druthers, she banishes baseboards. And most furniture. And, for that matter, possessions.
"People think that minimalism is cold, but I show it as elegant, sophisticated, warm and inviting," she says. "My rooms are happy rooms --- whoever lives there is happy, People begin to realize how much more freedom they have. Once I'm done, they appreciate how much easier it is to live without two or three sets of plates."
And make no mistake: Her clients pay for the privilege. There are no scholarship cases among them; she's got Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez and zillionaires who look down on us from the heights of the Time-Warner tower. As she likes to say, she's not a BMW: "I'm a Bentley."
What do her clients see in white rooms with no wood in sight?
Peace. Serenity. Relief. And --- let's say it bluntly --- every kind of distance from the world and its vulgar little people.
What's in these 240 pages for us vulgar little people?
To quote Jennifer Post: "I think you have a lot more freedom and time without all the clutter."
In the story of Milarepa, perhaps the greatest of Tibet's saints, there's a lovely anecdote. At the end of his life, Milarepa retreated to a cave to meditate. His diet was nettles. His chest hair turned green. People who saw him thought he was a caterpillar. His one possession, a bowl, cracked. Milarepa's response was to bless God for showing him the folly of possessions. When he died, the sky was filled with angels.
Our destiny may not be to become angels. But it is certainly not to live as hoarders. Jennifer Post has given us 240 pages to dream on. Somewhere in that dream may be an idea you can use to create a small patch of heaven.
With that said, it's still fun to peruse in bed with a cup of hot chocolate while listening to soft bossa nova on Pandora (in my opinion at least)