It’s a simple fact that things get old; subject to wear and tear. They rust, decay, disintegrate and that’s normal. It’s all part of the cycle. Yet, in our quest for perfection, we usually will go out of our way to hide what ought to be normal. We paint over, cover up, replace, repair, anything to maintain the gloss, slick and polished finish, forgetting (or ignoring) there is beauty in the imperfect, in allowing things progress organically.
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept/philosophy of imperfect beauty; accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay in which everything has beauty. This aesthetic is centred on the acceptance of transience – the incomplete and impermanent – and can be applied in every aspect of design.
Wabi-Sabi is collapsed barns, bare branches, handmade items, natural elements, weathered wood, crumbling stones, wildflowers, wool, clay, unbleached cotton, crafts, flea markets, rumpled linen… you get the picture. It isn’t necessarily a pretentious adaptation to nature, it is simply allowing things be. So, maybe your home doesn’t have to be magazine-slick? We’ve put together a few images to inspire your own wabi-sabi home… Value simplicity, embrace the imperfect (How’s that’s for a tagline?)