Saturday, February 6, 2010


"Things wabi-sabi are expressions of time frozen. They are made of materials that are visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering and human treatment.
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.)


  1. I love that first photo, it's very organic looking. At first I didn't recognize the chain and thought those were earthworms!

  2. i love wabi sabi ... its so elusive and yet recognisable (if we take time to see) ... the article fits beautifully with the visuals ...

    luverly >>> Gina


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