Scratches, Stains and Stripped Back Style
More, more, more. With access to so many products nowadays, it can feel as if we are pressured to have excess. More clothes, more devices, more stuff. That and, everything we have must be perfect. On trend and impeccable down to every last detail.
It’s overwhelming (not to mention pricey) but take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be. Like meditation for our minds and yoga for our bodies, there is a way to bring some much-needed chi into our homes.
Introducing Wabi Sabi. Finding the beauty in imperfection.
A Japanese concept, Wabi Sabi is rooted in the power of simplicity. Whilst there is no literal translation, Wabi Sabi encourages us to step away from the clutter and pressure of modern purchasing patterns and embrace modesty and restraint.
Unlike other interior design concepts, Wabi Sabi is not about furnishing with particular styles or based on a carefully prescribed colour palette. It’s about learning to appreciate the history of our furniture, matching what we need to buy with what we already own. It teaches us to look at a space and appreciate what is already there, rather than what could be added or changed.
Peeling paint. Brick walls left exposed. Worn leather. Marked wood.
This is not a list of problems. These are elements that add beauty and authenticity to your home. With Wabi Sabi, we leave our worries behind and see the artistry in the simple things.
Less Is Less
Whilst changing your psyche may not be an overnight job, there are some styling guides that can help you on your way to blissful zen. Most specifically, what does Wabi Sabi actually look like?
A great place to start is space. Interior design tends to be led by how we can fill a space. Wabi Sabi looks at how you can empty it. A clear space helps create a clear mind, so furnish to maximise floor space and minimise clutter. Your new mantra must be minimalism!
Start by making a list of furniture you absolutely need for each room. This will depend on your lifestyle. Whilst some people will need a sofa and coffee table for their living area, others may prefer to simply use an armchair and ottoman. Consider how you use a space and only add pieces that support that.
But this doesn’t mean you must be deprived of decoration. Wabi Sabi challenges us to guide our style by the feeling of the room. Shake yourself from the bonds of how it “should look” and concentrate on how it feels. It’s not about going without, merely recognising what truly brings value.
Yes, for those of us not fluent in the language of new aged cliches, it does sound a bit wishy-washy. But it is actually very simple. When you are considering a purchase, only choose those things that will bring something positive to the space. Ask yourself; do I need it? Does it add depth? After all, living in a home with bare walls and empty rooms may be a little less relaxing and a little more like solitary confinement.
Wall art, homewares, cushions and lighting are all welcome in the home of Wabi Sabi. They are just chosen with care. Instead of filling up your couch with polyester cushions that will ball and flatten, opt for two cushions with duck feather down that you can rest your head on for years to come.
|Elementary Cushion||Corvus Table Lamp|
|Nikko Terrarium||The Ink Print|
Back Down To Earth
What can you keep? A hand-me-down wooden table with a splintered top. Perhaps a linen couch that is a tad worn or frayed. A floor lamp that has become tarnished over time. These pieces are truly in line with Wabi Sabi. Flawed, yet charming. Use them as your centrepiece and inspiration to build around. If the condition is too poor, consider whether it could be upcycled.
For many of us, furnishing an entire room with pre-loved furniture may not be possible. But this does not mean you have to give up your new found lifestyle. You can buy new and still maintain the Wabi Sabi ethos.
Go neutral. Go natural. Go raw.
Our Wabi Sabi collection has been chosen to have a fresh look and bright facade. Using a mix of woods creates an organic feel, while a wool rug and velvet cushions give warmth. Layering metal accents and ceramic homewares for a personal touch. But also keep an eye out for leathers, metals, concrete and glass. Even when bought new, these materials are ready for you to impart your own story into them. They will age beautifully and last a lifetime. Create a room that is both crisp and authentic. Channelling the serenity of Wabi Sabi.
Wabi Sabi values history and you might just be surprised where you find it. Brand spanking new, our Artemis Collection may not be the first place you look for historical value. But look a little deeper. Recycled from ancient Chinese doors and buildings this furniture is already imbued with a rich story.
Another key consideration is the environmental impact. There are a growing amount of products that are being made from sustainable materials. A little research could go a long way. Did you know that Mango Wood is becoming the sustainable timber of choice? Taken from trees felled from old mango plantations, Mango Wood is strong and has a beautiful natural grain. The blond colour and natural beauty of this wood is proudly displayed across our Bruna Collection. Your perfect cross section between ethical Wabi Sabi and brand new designs!
Yes, most of us would do almost anything to get out of cleaning, but remember earthy does not equal dirty. Whether your Wabi Sabi style is rustic and worn or stripped back and tranquil, keep the space clean. Bring out the beauty in your furniture by making sure each piece is given the respect it deserves.
A truly refreshing perspective on influencing mood using your surroundings. It might take a little work, but it is worth it. Wabi Sabi teaches us how to live with less. Love what we have. Consider what we buy and where it came from.
|Bruna Rocking Chair||Artemis Shelf|
|Mita Dining Table||Bruna Sideboard|