As I spanned the globe searching to see what the world had to offer in interior design, I came across a Japanese design aesthetic that I love: Wabi Sabi! Deriving its aesthetic principles from Taoism and Zen Buddhism, it is an approach to life which encompasses finding beauty in imperfections, appreciating the simple, serene, modest and natural beauty of things. It focuses on the appreciation of all that is natural and therefore, often imperfect.
Dutch Interior designer Jeroen van der Spek from Amsterdam at stillstars.com features characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic in his unrefined textures and simple elegance (below).
Robyn Griggs Lawrence brings the Japanese concept of finding beauty in life’s imperfections to life in her books, The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty and Simply Imperfect (below).
Lawrence’s role as a green living advocate, environmentalist and overall healthy living guru is reflected in her serene, simple and peaceful designs.
The Wabi-Sabi approach is an inspiration for many design styles like Scandinavian, Nordic, French, etc. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanence of all things.*
The color palette encompasses soft neutrals, natural rough textiles like linen, cotton and burlap and organic elements (not synthetic) like clay, metal, stone and rustic woods.
Elements of wabi-sabi design are raw, unfinished and earthy as illustrated by Greige Design below.
Seizoen & Stijl represents the wabi-sabi concept in their design approach which uses natural woods, earthy tones and rustic textiles.
Incorporating natural elements, muted tones, simple and imperfect forms and uncontrived objects reflect the unconventional beauty of wabi-sabi design.
I hope you have been inspired to recreate the wabi-sabi design principles into your own home by creating your own unconventional beauty, valuing your imperfections and living deeply.
* Wabi and Sabi: The Aesthetics of Solitude at http://www.hermitary.com/solitude/wabisabi.html