The Art of Wabi-Sabi

Image from Axel Vervoordt's book / Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion 2010) Photo by Laziz Hamani 

Image from Axel Vervoordt's book / Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion 2010) Photo by Laziz Hamani 

 

To understand Wabi-sabi is to understand the beauty in life's imperfections.

As a traditional Japanese aesthetic, Wabi-sabi encourages the querent to find acceptance in what simply is.  Wabi-sabi has long been the source and fuel for the works of many designers, and rightfully so. There is something so inexplicably satisfying about the simplicity and impermanence of this philosophy that when applied to design, architecture, and even photography– the audience is left with a sense of serenity and completeness. 

Alex Vervoordt is a renowned interior designer known for his multiculturalistic approach to design. In his book, "Wabi Inspirations" Vervoordt shares with us some of his most influential observations for the home. With Eastern art and philosophy as a guiding principle for his work, Vervoordt uncovers the basis of his process mainly involves stripping away the artificial and instead shifting to an aesthetic that mirrors the art of simplicity and humility. Through his images we learn that by allowing ourselves to accept the natural, and the worn in all it's beauty we are better able to appreciate our sense of space, time, and inner balance. 

You can purchase his book of inspirations here.