A super special soul recently lent me this read. Vaguely familiar with the concept of wabi-sabi - a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transient beauty that is considered impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete - I got excited about the notion of digging deeper into this ancient movement that can truly be applicable to any tangible facet of life. I find it namely interesting when applied to clothing, interiors, grooming products, art, accessories, and homeware.
Here are a few highlighted thoughts that I found most insightful (and why this quick read may be the next on your list):
NATURAL PROCESS | "made of materials that are visibly vulnerable to the effects of weathering. 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."
IRREGULAR | "things wabi-sabi are indifferent to conventional good taste. Since we already know what the "correct" design solutions are, wabi-wabi thoughtfully offers the "wrong" solutions. They may show the result of just letting things happen by chance, like irregular fabrics that are created by intentionally sabotaging."
INTIMATE | "things wabi-wabi are small, secluded, and private environments that enhance one's capacity for the metaphysical musings."
UNPRETENTIOUS | "things wabi-wabi are unstudied and inevitable looking. They do not blare out "I am important" or demand to be the center of attention. They are understated and unassuming, yet not without presence or quiet authority. Things wabi-wabi are appreciated only during direct contact and use: they are never locked away in a museum. They have no need for the reassurance of status or the validation of market culture."
EARTHY | "things wabi-wabi can appear coarse and unrefined. They are usually made from materials not far removed from their original condition within, or upon, the earth and are rich in raw texture and rough tactile sensation."
SIMPLE | "simplicity is at the core of things wabi-wabi. Nothingness, of course, is the ultimate simplicity. The simplicity of wabi-wabi is probably best described as the state of grace arrived at by a sober, modest, heartfelt intelligence. Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered, but don't sterilize."