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Wabi Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

It is a beauty of things modest and humble.

It is a beauty of things unconventional.

We felt immediately at home when we discovered the Japanese Wabi-Sabi esthetic. This is exactly what we have been looking for since ever.

It is a difficult concept to describe, but we found a nice summary of Wabi-Sabi in the Three Japanese Tenets from Alan Fletcher: Subtle Elegance.


Subtile Elagance. The attraction of the unusual or idiosyncratic. The primitive mask, a mysterious object, an obscure agricultural tool. Suki is the fascination exerted by the unknown and unfamiliar.


Tranquil Simplicity. The intrinsic quality of colors and materials, forms and textures. Plain clay pots, woven baskets. Wabi is the spirit of poverty, appreciation of the commonplace. The fine line which precariously separates beauty from from shabbiness.


Patina of Age.The enhancement of the ravages of time. The castle ruin, the armless statue. Sabi is when age, wear and tear, bring something to the very threshold of demise.