WABI SABI AT THE BROWNHOUSE INTERIORS
At The BrownHouse Interiors we offer a number of great pieces for you to add to your Wabi Sabi interiors scheme, we have many suppliers and can also take special orders and assist you with paint finishes and colours, we have a selection of aged ceramics, soft furnishings and do not hesitate to contact us with any enquiries, we will do our best at The BrownHouse Interiors to assist you .
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The Wabi-Sabi aesthetic is an appreciation for the imperfect objects in your surroundings, whether caused by age or natural formation.
This Japanese philosophy is in complete contrast with Western ideal of beauty by perfection. Take a moment to see the beauty in a repaired crack or in a weathered surface.
Many unique objects in our collection are selected especially for their imperfections. The art of imperfection will give any interior a touch of unique beauty, natural serenity and the inimitable elegance of age. Wabi-sabi is also deeply influenced by the teaching of the Buddha and its school of thought can be interlinked with Buddhist thinking. It is essentially a concept or ideology that comes from the ‘Buddhist teaching’ of the three marks of existence that are namely “impermanence” (mujō), suffering (ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (kū)”.
Wabi-sabi is also deeply influenced by the teaching of the Buddha and its school of thought can be interlinked with Buddhist thinking. It is essentially a concept or ideology that comes from the ‘Buddhist teaching’ of the three marks of existence that are namely “impermanence” (mujō), suffering (ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (kū)”.
Wabi-sabi is an elegant philosophy that denotes a more connected way of living—a lifestyle, where we are deeply connected to nature, and thus, better connected to our truest inner-selves.
Wabi-sabi is a concept that motions us to constantly search for the beauty in imperfection and accept the more natural cycle of life. It reminds us that all things including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect. Perfection, then, is impossible and impermanence is the only way.
Taken individually, wabi and sabi are two separate concepts:
- Wabi is about recognizing beauty in humble simplicity. It invites us to open our heart and detach from the vanity of materialism so we can experience spiritual richness instead.
- Sabi is concerned with the passage of time, the way all things grow, age, and decay, and how it manifests itself beautifully in objects. It suggests that beauty is hidden beneath the surface of what we actually see, even in what we initially perceive as broken.
What is Wabi?
‘Wabi’ roughly means simple, calm and inner spirituality.
Wabi might mean the understated elegance and quietness found in nature: twisty branches, weathered rocks and the twilight days of delicate flowers. Wabi is also found in the quirky fingerprint left in the clay and unique asymmetries in handmade objects. Appreciating nature is embracing its beautiful imperfections. There is no perfection in nature as she is always growing and changing. It reminds you to enjoy the here and now.
What is Sabi?
‘Sabi’ refers to beauty and serenity that can only be achieved over time. Nothing is forever and life will leave its marks on every object and body it touches.
Wear and tear is imprinted by time in the surface of antique objects. Unique patinas and marks of repair are all part of the life of objects. These unique marks cannot be reproduced in a newly made object. Just like scars and wrinkles in skin, they remind us that there is beauty and serenity that only comes with age.
You can summarize wabi sabi like this: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Beauty cannot be pinpointed in a single period of time, but can rather be found in every moment we wish to look at.