Wabi-Sabi has been a term that we has been around for centuries, a Zen Buddhist practice and philosophy that address how we view our surroundings so that we may appreciate a world view that shifts the aesthetic appeal of the new, embracing the aged, mindfulness to materiality and connection to hand crafted.
IMPERMANENCE + IMPERFECTION
It is the Japanese philosophy of impermanence and imperfection. According to Leonard Koren, wabi-sabi can be described as "the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of what we think of as traditional Japanese beauty. It occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese Pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of Beauty and perfection in the West."
Characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature. These have been brought to the for-front - blending itself with polymathic antiquities and western design - Axel Vervoordt is at the forefront of expanding these philosophies globally.
Wabi and sabi both suggest sentiments of desolation and solitude. Wabi-sabi can change our perception of the world to the extent that a chip or crack in a vase - and extension of this is Kintsugi - makes it more interesting and gives the object greater meditative value. Similarly materials that age such as bare wood, paper and fabric become more interesting as they exhibit changes that can be observed over time.