Wabi-Sabi 侘.寂

As life in can be enjoyed in different ways, there are different types of emotional relationship between people and objects.

While some are obsessed in modern products like comic merchandise , buses and railways, some people enjoys and admires the ever-changing beauty of every day objects. They view the deterioration of objects differently.

This has leaded me to the concept of Wabi-Sabi.

 

“Wabi-Sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”
– Powell, Richard R. (2004). Wabi Sabi Simple. Adams Media

 


Wabi-Sabi for Artists Designers Poets & Philosophers

Wabi-Sabi

  • “Wabi-Sabi (侘.寂) 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.”
  • “Wabi-Sabi is a nature-based aesthetic paradigm that restored a measure of sanity and proportion to the art of living.”

Application:

  • “Things Wabi-Sabi are usually small and compact, quiet and inward-oriented. They beckon: get close, touch, relate. They inspire a reduction of psychic distance between one thing and another thing; between people and things.”
  • “Places Wabi-Sabi are small, secluded, and private environments that enhance one’s capacity for metaphysical musings…They are tranquil and calming, enveloping and womb-like.”

Colours:

  • “Things Wabi-Sabi have a vague, blurry or attenuated quality- as things do when they approach nothingness (or come out of it). Wabi-Sabi comes in an infinite spectrum of grays…Wabi-Sabi can also come in light, almost pastel colours associated with a recent emergence from nothingness. Like the off-whites of unbleached cotton, hemp and recycled paper.The silver-rusts of new saplings and sprouts. The green browns of tumescent buds.”

When design:

  • “Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry…emotionally warm…quality that compels us to look at that something over, and over, and over again.”

 


Questions:

what interests people in everyday life?

How to introduce people to the beauty of everyday life?”

 

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