Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that can be quite a challenge to define. When applied to the field of interior design, I like to think of Wabi Sabi as the most serene of all styles. It is a simple, modest and honest way of creating an interior space to celebrate the beautiful imperfections of our natural world.
The natural materials used in a Wabi Sabi scheme are typically timber, stone, clay / porcelain and natural fibers. Hand made pieces respect and honor the material from which it came, retaining the inherent finish and characteristics. I love that this practice has the added bonus of keeping artisans and their skills alive. Endless neutral shades from the natural colour palette emerge from these materials creating a unique and versatile scheme.
Ideally, a Wabi Sabi lifestyle promotes a tidy, clean and simple space free from clutter (to which I am sure many of us aspire!). All of these attributes come together to form what I believe is a space of true integrity.
As we are all becoming more aware of our impact on the environment and the effects of over-consumerism, Wabi Sabi is an ideal way to encourage appreciation of how to work with what we have and to make environmentally conscious decisions when purchasing new furnishings.
I encourage you to feature the irregular, the unique, the organic shapes and the imperfectly perfect in your interior.