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Punk Shui: Home Design for Anarchists (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. April 2006

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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Anti-traditional design guru Josh Amatore Hughes is a set designer, furniture sculptor, and painter. He is the principal of Punk Shui Design in New York City.

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1:The Punk Shui Way

Let’s Talk About Me

My name is Josh, and I’m the originator of punk shui. Inspired by the large number of crappy designers that fuel our mucked-up cultural aesthetic, I have devoted myself to helping those who desire more from life and their living space, seeking to push the limits of what people consider “design.” I’m based in New York City, but I have clients all over the country. I own a company that specializes in advising punk shui worshipers how to do as I do. I design “interiors,” but I also do sculpture, installations, and film that tend to reflect the punk shui aesthetic. Basically, I help a lot of my clients to embrace chaos, to break the rules, and to let some original ideas out of the box. Through the concept of punk shui, I work to further the general belief that individual freedom should prevail, and the design equivalent of Ashley Simpson should not.

We’ve had quite the wave of new punk shui followers recently. Most are people who are sick of doing things in a predictable, boring way and want to shake up their lives. A lot of them are artists, and some are people who have always wanted to be artists. In general, they are people sick of following the pack and doing what all of their friends deem “cool” or “acceptable.” Whatever the case, there’s no prerequisite to punk shui’ing your place—only this: you must be open-minded, ready for the ride, and not easily offended.

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Let’s go over a few things to see if you’re the kind of person who is a candidate for punk shui. You should rethink your boring design aesthetic if you’ve ever

•fought the lingering distaste that accompanies “cleaning up” your apartment or office

•felt a nasty malaise when confronted with art or furniture options in any chain store or national retailer

•dreaded having someone over because you thought they were an obsessive neat freak and would look down their nose at your less-than-IKEAfied apartment

•just wanted to shred Martha Stewart Living with a chain saw or destroy a display in Target because, well, look at it . . .

•felt you want to create something unique, a true aesthetic all your own, but have never considered yourself the type of person who would go through the trouble of actually “decorating” your living space, or, god forbid, try your hand at art collecting or conceiving

•felt envious when walking into a sibling’s or roommate’s garbage-and-dirty-clothes/dishes-in-the-sink-infested living space

•watched an episode of Friends and then had to lock your bottle of Valium in the bottom of your cupboard so you wouldn’t be tempted to maybe down the entire thing in a sudden suicidal frenzy

and finally . . .

•Do you like books with grainy pictures of broken furniture?

•Do you look this good in pictures?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, get it on with punk shui. In this book I will tell you how. It’s not just about decorating your space, it’s about embracing a different lifestyle—one that transforms your habits, style, and mindset.

Forget Everything You Know

It’s time to stop posing and pretending when it comes to the atmo-sphere that surrounds you. You can do it. Wipe off that facial expression you learned and replace it with something you actually mean. Act like you feel and feel like you act. You owe it to yourself. You owe it to me.

You’re going to have to let go of everything you’ve learned about home decoration, paying attention to different styles, looks, and what others think. In order to live a punk shui life, you have to banish any preconceptions you have about what your living space is “supposed” to be like.

Fear-Based BS

Fear is paralyzed joy.

—Timothy Speed Levitch, author of Speedology

What exactly are you afraid of? Are you afraid of not enjoying what you do for a living? Afraid of not finding anyone who understands you? Afraid of not understanding yourself? Afraid of becoming a complete square? Afraid of ending up like your parents? Whatever your bullshit is, it’s bullshit. In this book, I’m going to help you get rid of any fear-based hesitation, insecurity, or any other hurdles that keep you from punking out your space so that it is a place you truly live in.

This doesn’t have to do with acting like anyone of whom you might have been in awe; it has to do with living by the same tenets as the truly original and creative. I’ll state the obvious again (because even though it’s obvious, for many it doesn’t seem to stick): You don’t need fame, an impressive career, the right hairstyle, or even money in order to embrace the essence of punk shui. This isn’t some obnoxious “trend” that was started by a celebrity or by a purveyor of commercial trends like Urban Outfitters or MTV; this is just me persuading you to let yourself out of the box. It’s people who, like you, are sick of following the crowd, of running a hamster wheel, of dwelling in predictability. It’s people like you who have decided that they can’t be categorized, and may actually enjoy heavy machinery, destruction, and general weirdness.

What’s that cliché, “home is where the heart is”? Well, I say, “home is where the art is”—or, hell, “home is where the party is.” That’s true when you bash a hole in your wall, saw your recliner in half, or try your hand at sculpture. Punk shui is about developing your own aesthetic that may be inspired by others, but is never owned by anyone. Throughout this book, we’ll be

•recognizing, identifying, and dismantling the design traditions that work against the “you” that you give a shit about

•getting over what other people think

•accepting the nihilistic living space

•figuring out what your personal punk shui style is, room by room

•rethinking or completely trashing general living space assumptions

•checking out some innovative stuff my clients have done

•meeting some people who have made their way in the world with punk shui

•and, of course, having a damn good time

A Few Notes on Your Mom’s Design Aesthetic

You know the kind of people who do feng shui. I can’t resist saying something about them here. If you’re putting chimes in your doorway to ward off evil spirits and you’re color-coding your bedroom to signify the womb and rebirth, then you’re probably someone Courtney Love might enjoy collecting crystals with, and you should put this book down and back slowly away. Feng shui is used to control energy (ch’i). Bad ch’i is to be avoided and good ch’i is supposed to make you feel all happy and smiley. In punk shui, you must accept all energy, regardless of whether it makes you feel trapped, sick to your stomach, sexually aroused, as if you might be hallucinating, or as if you’re afraid to go to sleep. In fact, if it screws with you, all the better, I never said this would be painless.

Feng shui (pronounced “fung shway”) is the ancient mystical art of Chinese geomancy, the terrestrial equivalent of astrology, studying the dynamic relationship between...


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"punk shui" ist ein flappsig-locker geschriebenes Künstler-Buch für Leute, die ihre Wohnung mit einem Budget von nahezu Null kreativ einrichten und umgestalten wollen. Das Konzept basiert auf Müll, und falls noch etwas irgendwie funktionsfähig ist, wird es recht konsequent zu Müll verarbeitet. Es macht aber nichts, weil in der anarchistischen Wohnung sowieso nichts verwendet wird wie ursprünglich vorgesehen. So wird die alte Sonnenbank zum japanischen Sofa, der Fahrradsattel zum Hocker, die Tür zum Zeichenbrett oder die Badewanne zum Gästebett. Viele Sachen werden auch einfach an die Wand genagelt.

Die Höhepunkte des Schwachsinns sind sogar fotografisch (S/W) dokumentiert. Der wahre Wert des Buches ist aber viel höher, wenn nicht gar als unschätzbar einzustufen: der New Yorker Autor geht auf gesellschaftlichen Konventionen und Blockaden ("Filter") im Gehirn ein, die dem Massenpublikum die Kreativität nehmen und es in die Möbelhäuser treiben. Und er gibt Tipps, wie man den gefangenen Geist befreien kann. Das könnte kein Psychologe besser erklären. Diese wertvolle kleine Bibel eignet sich gut als Geschenk oder erhebende Klolektüre (Josh Amatore würde es wahrscheinlich an einer Schnur von der Decke hängen lassen :-)
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Ob ihr nun von altdeutschen Eichenmöbeln begeisterte Spießer seid oder auf jeglichen Stil pfeifende Punks- bei diesem Buch ist ganz sicher für jeden das Passendes dabei, um eure langweilige Bude auf zu möbeln! Natürlich ist der nihilistische Punk eher angesprochen als der altdeutsche Spießer, doch wird hier garantiert jeder irritiert, amüsiert und bekommt ein paar Ideen wie sein trautes Heim besser zu einem passend einzurichten ist, als durch "Schöner Wohnen" oder den aktuelle Ikea-Katalog. Das Beste bei den diversen Tipps, die Josh Amatore Hughes hier zusammengeschrieben hat, sind die Originalbilder von beschriebenen Einrichtungsideen und die sprudelnde Kreativität, die auf einen überspringt sobald man die Seiten aufschlägt.
Dazu kosten die Tipps auch nix- kommt nämlich alles aus 2nd oder 3rd hand oder is gleich selbst gemacht. Also bring Farbe in dein Leben- Bunt ist heute, Schwarz Weiß war gestern! Irritiere deine Mitmenschen und lass dich von "Punk-Shui- Home Design for Anarchists" inspirieren.
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HASH(0x97098d68) von 5 Sternen Interior Decorating for Art Majors 7. Januar 2007
Von Noelle A. Gillies - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I found this an entertaining read.My brother-in-law bought us "Interior Decorating for Dummies" a few years back, perhaps because we have no discernable style to our home decor and wanted to help. Now, we know what our esthetic is: Punk shui!

My former art teacher used to teach us alot of concepts that Josh does in this book, such as finding stuff in the street to decorate your home, breaking things and rebuilding them into your own artsy sculptures, etc.The basic message of this book is to find your own unique sense of style, don't buy stuff at Ikea, Pottery Barn or whatever. Be creative and enjoy personalizing your own space, as the punk ethic says: DIY!
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HASH(0x97098dbc) von 5 Sternen Tutorial book to turn your hard-earned home into a dumpster. Why? It is punk! 1. September 2008
Von JP - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ok, I am now half way through the book and I stopped there. I borrowed this book from a library just for the hell of it, along with other books of house improvements and decoration ideas. I wanted to make my home very down to earth and comfortable and I like a bit of punk-ish to it.

My big mistake. This book is way far from what I thought it would be. I should not have just grabbed it from the shelf and checked it out without take a peek in it. This book is a dumpster-crackhouse-punk hardcore guide.

Here are few excerpts from the book:

1) Put your toothbrush and toothpaste in separate places, far away from your bathroom mirror. Possibly in another room.

2) You don't have to keep condiments in the kitchen, or spices on the damn spice rack. Put them in the living room.

3) For one of my clients, Jose, I found an old ceiling fan that wobbles when it turns. It's a beautiful piece that complements his whole living room. The wobble on this fan is six inches to a foot. It's perfectly safe, I think, but it really freaks people out with its crazy-sounding creaking noise. The noise constantly implies the piece will be airborne at anytime.

4) I had a client, Ralph, who wanted to really shake up the living room arrangement, and I put his bookshelf against the door so that the thing could only open a quarter of the way. We also arranged his couch so that it faced the wall, attached his coffee table to the wall, and put the recliner on its side so that you couldn't really sit on it (the cushions went on the floor instead).

The author of this book needs a help. A truly help.
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HASH(0x9709b210) von 5 Sternen Brilliant and Hilarious 9. Juli 2012
Von F. Schaaf - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book first caught my eye in a novelty store and it was one of those books you pick up and think "this is ridiculous", and then you realize you can't stop laughing and go "oh, wait, this is genius." It is the perfect gift for someone with a sense of humor and appreciation for punk. And a great coffee table book with the appropriate company. Like people who can't deal with Ikea and Martha Stewart. (Except that if you follow the book's precepts, your coffee table is probably upside down or nailed to the ceiling, so in that case the book should probably be displayed on an old music stand splattered with red paint.)

"...punk shui is the art of creating a chaos in the home so deafening that it creates a contrast in life powerful enough to enable you to cope with the inevitable [expletive] sandwich that is the outside world."

Punk is about addressing inner pain and turmoil, and Mr. Hughes seeks to make that turmoil manifest not just in his personal style, but his personal environment. I found it very entertaining in it's originality, irreverence, and in particular, its "logic" and imagery. It is a bit repetitive and he's still developing his writing style, but it's it's all in keeping with the punk aesthetic. Anyway, it's super short with big printing and little pages, plus photos so you know he's not kidding.

Part of me likes to think that the reviewers who apparently took this seriously and thought it would help them decorate are just being ironic, but in that case they should change their star ratings. I mean, there is a chainsawed couch on the cover. It says "Chainsaw not included". What did you expect? I can tell you one thing, if these people truly were duped, the author LOVES the fact he shattered their expectations and could care less about his ratings.
HASH(0x9709b5dc) von 5 Sternen Highly recommend it. If not for guidelines on how to ... 17. März 2016
Von Marco Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very interesting book. Although silly and shouldn't be taken 100% seriously, it gives a very different perspective on how we should treat places we live and work in. Highly recommend it. If not for guidelines on how to redecorate your place, then just to have a good laugh.
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HASH(0x9709b588) von 5 Sternen Hmm... 7. Januar 2011
Von Brianna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It was alright, but a bit repetitive. I got some nice ideas from the book (like shooting your friends with paintballs while they're against your wall so you have their outline forever), but it really was repetitive, and some of it was a bit overboard. I love creativity and expressing your individuality, but the idea of putting something in a doorway to make you "aware of your surroundings" just seemed silly. I had better expectations for the book, to be honest. There's lots of good ideas in here, but also some weird ones that make no sense. The whole "Do what you want! Don't listen to society!" theme in here clashed with the constant "In true punk shui, you MUST..." it was as if, instead of conforming to society's normal standards, you had to conform with this book now.
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