Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. It reflects exactly the perception of what is beauty can be: the imperfection of nature or the asymmetry of anything handmade.  Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind.

The idea comes from the Buddhist teachings of the three marks of existence: impermanence, suffering or unsatisfactoriness, and non-self. Elements of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of natural objects. Used in interior design, it spawns an organic look that embraces natural, unexpected beauty.

The concept is composed of the words Wabi and Sabi. Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, quietness and anomalies which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi means beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.

You can fill your home with wabi-sabi elements like weathered driftwood and sea shells, old things reflecting signs of the times and even handmade creations with a touch of imperfection.

Perfect imperfection

This concept is the real meaning of beauty and style for some of us.

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