Wabi-Sabi – Finding Beauty in the Imperfections

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.

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt via Pandashouse.com

The wabi-sabi perspective can also be interpreted as rustic and organic as Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt (above and below) reveals in his book, Wabi Inspirations.

Axel Vervoordt 5[1]

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Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

 Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

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).

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

 

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

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).

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Lawrence’s role as a green living advocate, environmentalist and overall healthy living guru is reflected in her serene, simple and peaceful designs.

robyngriggslawrence.com

robyngriggslawrence.com

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.*

www.living.cz

www.living.cz

 

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com

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wabisabi-style.blogspot.com 2

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com (2)

wabisabi-style.blogspot.com (2)

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Pieter Vandenhout via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

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.

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

thisivyhouse.tumblr

thisivyhouse.tumblr

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

Elements of wabi-sabi design are raw, unfinished and earthy as illustrated by Greige Design below.

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home:  Nests of Creatives

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives

greigedesign.blogspot.com

greigedesign.blogspot.com

Seizoen & Stijl represents the wabi-sabi concept in their design approach which uses natural woods, earthy tones and rustic textiles.

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Incorporating natural elements, muted tones, simple and imperfect forms and uncontrived objects reflect the unconventional beauty of wabi-sabi design.

madamemaven.blogspot.com

Maven Mama at madamemaven.blogspot.com

livingxdesign

livingxdesign

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

 

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imgfave.com

imgfave.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

dzinetrip.com

dzinetrip.com

designfieldnotes.com

designfieldnotes.com

 

decordeprovence.blogspot.com

decordeprovence.blogspot.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

bloodandchampagne.com

bloodandchampagne.com

 

bloodandchampage.com

bloodandchampage.com

 

Interior Magasitet via decoraciondeinteriores.com

Interior Magasitet via decoracionde-interiores.com

 

living.cz

www.living.cz

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