They record the sun, wind, rain, heat, and cold in a language of discoloration, rust, tarnish, stain, warping, shrinking, shriveling, and cracking.
Their nicks, chips, bruises, scars, dents, peeling, and other forms of attrition are a testament to histories of use and misuse.
Though things wabi-sabi may be on the point of dematerialization (or materialization)---extremely faint, fragile, or desiccated---they still possess an undiminished poise and strength of character.
Things wabi-sabi are indifferent to conventional good taste. Since we already know what the "correct" design solutions are, wabi-sabi thoughtfully offers the "wrong" solutions.
As a result, things wabi-sabi often appear odd, misshapen, awkward, or what many people would consider ugly.
Things wabi-sabi may exhibit the effects of accident, like a broken bowl glued back together again. Or they may show the result of just letting things happen by chance..."
"Things wabi-sabi are usually small and compact, quiet and inward-oriented. They beckon: get close, touch, relate.
They inspire a reduction of the psychic distance between one thing and another thing; between people and things."
(From: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosophers by Leonard Koren
Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California pages 63 and 67.)