Wabi-Sabi and the art of imperfection

Wabi-Sabi and the art of imperfection

Wabi-Sabi and the art of imperfection

A movement to embrace the beauty in what is natural, celebrating imperfections and flaws. The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi is a misshapen heirloom tomato and artisan pottery, the chip in your favorite mug or even a wrinkled tablecloth. In retaliation to modern, overprocessed and over-designed products – Wabi-Sabi came to reflect rough textures, minimally processed natural materials, and subtle hues.

An ancient aesthetic philosophy, its origin is rooted in Zen Buddhism. More specifically in the tea ceremony, a ritual of purity and simplicity in which masters prized bowls that were handmade and irregularly shaped, with uneven glaze, cracks, and a perverse beauty in their deliberate imperfection.

There was an emergence of this concept in Western culture at the turn of the 21st century, bringing on the popularity of everything from farmhouse rustic chic, the American Craft movement and organic, clean living lifestyles. To explore more please enjoy this thoughtful article from The Guardian.

Wabi-Sabi Design | The Stone Tabletop Collection

In response to the quickly growing popularity of our tabletop selection, we are thrilled to launch our stone shaped merino wool felt placemats and trivets. We took the notion of beauty relying on the imperfection to inspire the new shape we are offering in 4 different sizes.

With earthy, organic shapes and an array of color choices, you can’t go wrong adding color, texture and an elegant dose of Wabi-Sabi to your interiors. 

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