Wabi-sabi: furniture that enhances the beauty of imperfection

There is something extremely welcoming about an environment that we perceive as lived, intimate and authentic. This wants to convey the trend of Wabi-sabi, based on Japanese thought that invites not only to accept imperfection, but to find in it the beauty of the little things. Also, and above all, in defects.

Like the style Japandi, this trend is also developing under the banner of simplicity and find in the nature his most faithful ally. Like nature change continuously, this philosophy is an encouragement to accept with awareness the passage of time.

A lifestyle that is based on three principles: nothing is perfect, nothing is finished and nothing is lasting. All this is reflected in interiors that do not chase flawless perfection, but which reflect the everyday life of those who live there. With a predilection for the asymmetry and irregular shapes, for materials natural, handcrafted products and objects tell a story.

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What does Wabi-sabi mean

As this philosophy does not aspire to perfection, you cannot expect to find one literal translation at the end “Wabi-sabi”. The first word, which carried with it one connotation more melancholy than solitude, today refers to the simplicity of life in tune with the nature. The term “sabi”, on the other hand, indicates the inexorable passage of time and the serenity that comes from accepting it transience.

Nature and imperfection: materials for a Wabi-sabi aesthetic

Where to find the perfect imperfection if not in nature? A balance that moves away from precise and smooth shapes and that can be found in materials organic. As the wood, with his veins and its always unrepeatable knots, or the Stone, with its forms asymmetrical and irregular. And among the textiles? Stand out the raw linen and organic cotton, which they give texture and a rustic and natural materiality.
These materials can then be combined handicrafts, come pottery irregular edged or potted in blown glass. In the products hand made you can find those “Defects”, born from the manufacturing process, which they give uniqueness to our space.


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Wabi-sabi colors: the serenity of neutral tones

The choice of materials determines the palette that dominate the spaces furnished with this style. I’m neutral shades to return that sense of simplicity e serenity that the Wabi Sabi aims to identify. Sand, beige and earth tones reflect the heat of nature. Welcome also i gray e bianchi not too cold. Yet it is not necessary to limit ourselves to these chromatic choices: we can insert shades that change from pink with sugar paper, up to Sage green.

The sustainability of wabi-sabi

The predilection of this style for resistant materials such as wood, stone and bamboo makes it a good ally for those seeking to create sustainable spaces. Few pieces, but of good quality. There thrust that this lifestyle gives to the acceptance of the passage of time and the invitation to embrace imperfection, also leads us to integrate into our home salvaged furniture unique and full of history. If we accept that nothing is perennial, if we find beauty also and above all in lived objects that bear signs of wear, we will be less tempted to replace them frequently.


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