A House Beautiful Best Design Book to Buy Now
In an increasingly cramped world, a modern guide to opening up your living space—and your life—using the ancient principles of feng shui.
The practice of feng shui, centuries old and rooted in ancient principles of harmony between people and their environments, has perhaps never been more necessary than in the modern world. As we pack our homes—and now our workspaces, too—into mere square footage, our living spaces have a newfound and outsized impact on our wellbeing.
In Feng Shui Modern, interior design expert Cliff Tan shows us that this can be a good thing. Using the traditional principles of chi, or energy, to take inventory of our areas and tastes, Tan uses expert tips and unique illustrations to show us how our own styles, color palettes, and pieces can maximize any environment, from dorm room to five-bedroom home. Drawing upon traditional principles of energy, Tan adapts a specified approach to developing your own intuitive sense of space: for balance, the five elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood; for season, the cardinal directions of north, south, east, and west; for spatial orientation, the five animals, tortoise, tiger, bird, dragon, and snake. Then, taking inventory of light patterns, walking paths, walls, windows, and doors, Tan shows us how to carefully and comfortably balance the areas we have with the energy we need.
From choosing a home to redecorating old rooms, Feng Shui Modern helps us find harmony in the every facet of our lives—beginning with where we live them.
Cliff Tan is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, and his practice combines architecture with feng shui. Cliff has over one million followers on TikTok, and his explanatory videos on feng shui have been viewed millions of times. Cliff was born in Singapore, and now lives in London. This is his first book.
Dura Lee is a South Korean illustrator who lives in Seoul. She originally studied fashion, before becoming an artist. Her most recent graphic novel, Youth and Island, was released in 2020.
"With practical tips to developing your own intuitive sense of space, Feng Shui Modern is the key to restoring balance in your own home." - House Beautiful
"Space planner and @dearmodern TikTok sensation Cliff Tan puts the how-to behind his explanatory videos about centuries-old feng shui practice – rooted in ancient principles of harmony – onto paper, offering quick and simple fixes to improve layouts, balance flow and make sensible use of living space" - Everything Zoomer
“TikTok influencer Tan masterfully demonstrates the practical application of feng shui in his easy-to-follow debut. . . . [He] keeps things simple, and beautiful illustrations and diagrams demonstrate feng shui in action. Readers looking to spruce up their homes will find this worth returning to.” —Publishers Weekly
“Tan offers feng shui made practical and comprehensible as he simplifies the potentially confusing elements that make up 'the way of wind and water,' bringing harmony and balance to living spaces. Definitions come first, explaining the foundations of yin and yang, ba gua (solid and broken lines), the five elements, chi (energy), and the five animals (directions). He summarizes all in a sentence or less-the epitome of common sense and instinct.” —Booklist