Wabi-sabi is a compelling design trend based on Japanese philosophy, it has been integrated into Japanese culture for centuries. Wabi-sabi adapts the mindful way of life, as it represents finding beauty in imperfection. For this reason, it has become an ongoing trend that consumers love!
Wabi-sabi celebrates beauty, not only despite flaws but because of them. By acknowledging flaws, we celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Imperfections can be viewed as unique characteristics of handmade items. With sustainability and upcycling being topic of interest, this concept has created significant amounts of interest in the crafting and interior design industries for this reason.
By mending or repurposing items in a creative way, longevity is created. Whether it is repairing knitwear, fixing ceramics with gold glue or creating artwork using ‘broken’ items. The philosophy has taken on an aesthetic of muted colour palettes, natural materials and gold fillings.
In terms of interior, wabi-sabi is not sleek. There are no clean lines or geometric shapes, it’s all about creating a relaxed and peaceful environment. Wabi-sabi is reclaimed and upcycled, creating a rustic earthy look. Wabi-sabi inspired interiors appreciate natural elements, from wood to clay. Creating a balance between function and form is key! With regards to colour palettes wabi-sabi adopts earthy tones of browns, greys, greens and rusts.