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Take a Deep Breath…
Imagine a place with the power to calm and restore you after a stressful day… You come here, and the rush, the noise, the press of people and responsibilities simply melt away. You breathe deeply. You sense that you have arrived at a quiet sanctuary.
What if that quiet sanctuary were your OWN HOME?
It can be! Your home can be a retreat, a refuge. An oasis designed to pamper your senses. Vitality and wellness can be literally ingrained in your personal living space! If you are planning to building a new home or remodeling your home or work environment, and you want to make it an oasis, consider engaging a Zen architect.
His work is suffused with subtle hints of eastern moods and quiet modern contemporary inspiration. He’s an architect who crosses over convention to reach for the ease of simple, timeless expressions.
Design that Emerges out of Real Needs
An educator who has mastered the Asian arts of bio-energy medicine, John Salat sees tremendous benefits in applying bio-healing principles to the architectural experience. In fact, this bio-energy approach redefines Feng Shui altogether. “A well-designed environment allows the inhabitants to experience an abundance of Chi—that is, energy or vital breath,” he says.
Cohesive Blend of Ancient and Modern
To give concrete form to his ideas, John turns to Wabi Sabi, the ancient eastern aesthetics system (cousin to Zen and its western counterpart, minimalism, an artistic style characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity). Wabi Sabi allows the observer to "fill in the blanks" through open thought and space, and so ignites the person’s whole being.
Not only is Wabi Sabi quietly transcendent, it also embraces an ever-changing metamorphosis of materials. Patinas that show weathering, erosion, and ageing are an integral part of the design, each material unfolding a beauty of its own. Blemishes and irregularities add authenticity.
Close your eyes and picture John at work, creating your dream home. He starts with an empty slate. Surrounded by his notes, pencil sketches, color samples, and snippets of building materials—all the raw data he has gathered from you—his imagination goes to work in shaping the exterior and interior volume. In due time, the 3D structure becomes reality. At last, he is ready to splash the finishing touches. He brings in custom-designed furniture, made by hand with rudimentary tools for a natural, craftsmanlike appearance, and places it strategically to balance large open spaces, inviting energy to flow from room to room. He paints a beautiful, wall-size mural in the living room. It has an ethereal, transcendent quality and echoes the wispy fronds of dried grasses set in the corner in a crude ceramic pot. A small, handworn loom stands against the brickwork of the fireplace. Plump silken pillows lie strewn nearby. Through the french door, you watch John arrange water-polished pebbles around a stone fountain and carefully rake flowing lines into the sand around them. It’s peaceful just observing him at work.
John Salat’s finished product is an eclectic mix of contemporary minimalism and ancient aesthetic principles. “I balance the two,” he says, “showcasing both antique and modern treasures, celebrating all of time.” The remarkable environment that emerges floods its users with stimulation, yet at the same time grounds them in peaceful surroundings. Says Salat: “My unique Zenergy blend—Feng Shui, Wabi Sabi, and Kinesiology—produces vitality in the living environment in a way nothing else can.”
to design programing: http://www.zenarchitect.com/program.html
Contact: John Salat at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-235-4847
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