Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a practice that I've known for years, but have only recently been able to attach a title to. The ancient practice, rooted in Zen Buddhism and Chinese Taosim, can best be described as the art or celebration of the imperfect. The practice finds beauty in simplicity and the unfinished, and should be embraced as a feeling, rather than an idea.

image from Wabi Sabi Style
Our homes are a visual map of who we are as people. Just as much, our living quarters serve as experiential reminders to us of lessons we've learned, and those to come. How can we incorporate this concept into our homes? For example, if one was to have a loft with naturally decayed brick or stone feature falls, the practitioner of Wabi Sabi wouldn't remove the stone work, but rather would highlight its natural, imperfected beauty. Also, one would practice this mentality by choosing a minimalist approach, with real, natural materials, rather than mass manufactured products. Wabi Sabi promotes authenticity in simple, uncluttered surroundings. Our homes should be vessels of the celebration of life. Rather than trying to fill your home for the sake of filling it- arrange it in ways that will promote conversation and your lives to be lived in the most thoughtful ways possible.

image from Wabi Sabi Style

I realize that this mentality is nothing new. Surely we've seen it before with the trends of Feng Shui and Shabby Chic, but, I can't help but wonder, is Wabi Sabi a practice that deserves a little more respect and attention than we give it? Or, is it just another fun grouping of words to say?

image from Wabi Sabi Style

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