Wabi-Sabi is a unique concept pulled from Japanese architecture and interior design. The idea of Wabi-Sabi design, according to acclaimed designer and artist Leonard Koren, is that it remains “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”
Wabi-Sabi themes are rustically simple but make strong statements. I love the concept of Wabi-Sabi because it elevates the imperfect, either in nature or in handmade craftsmanship. Many beautiful pieces of furniture are exquisitely hand crafted and will have some element of imperfection in them.
The understated elegance of Wabi-Sabi can be applied to both natural and human-made objects that exude transience and imperfection. I like to embrace the imperfection when it gives character and soul to an interior, piece of furniture, or beloved accessory.
There are many adored things that we collect that may have worn over time, but cannot be classified as antique with pedigree; however their imperfection speaks of soulful wear and tear. I believe that there are lessons to be learned from the Wabi-Sabi concept, particularly the importance of simplicity and the beauty of imperfection in design and in life. What do you think of Wabi-Sabi?