There’s no doubt that the concept of wabi-sabi will be on interior design trending lists the world over this year. Yet the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi has been around for a long time. Wabi translates as simplicity, humility and always moving towards having less, while sabi refers to the passing of time and the beauty and authenticity of age.
In a nutshell then, wabi-sabi is about embracing imperfection — the natural cracks in wood, the wrinkles in an ageing human face, and the asymmetry of hand-maid ceramic crockery. It’s a way of looking, a willingness to be delighted by the uniqueness of things and the passing of time. In this sense, it’s the very antithesis of a world where the desire for newness and perfection leads to the constant consumption of mass produced goods.
At Weylandts, they have always celebrated this awareness of raw simplicity and the organic beauty of nature’s imperfections. Weylandts have compiled a list of inspirational links that expresses our appreciation of the wabi-sabi way.