The Impermanence of our lives

As we begin to draw 2011 to an end with the passing of New Years’ and the Chinese New Year (January 23rd) it brings to mind the impermanence and changes in our lives.  Nothing exemplifies this better than the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.

Simply put, wabi-sabi is the marriage of the Japanese wabi, meaning humble, and sabi, which connotes beauty in the  natural progression of time.  Together, the phrase, derived from Buddhist teachings, invites us to set aside our pursuit of perfection and learn to appreciate the simple, unaffected beauty of things as they are.

Untreated plywood

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenious integrity of natural objects and process.

Interior: Axel Vervoordt
Interior: Axel Vervoordt
Interior: Axel Vervoordt

Wishing everyone a wabi-sabi filled year ahead!