Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that has been around since the 15th century, which celebrates finding beauty in imperfection. It came about as a rebellion against the dominant trends of the time: opulence, excess, and the use of precious, unsustainable materials.

There is a soothing sense of calm that comes from living your life the Japanese wabi-sabi way - it involves grounding oneself by forming a deep connection to the earth. In interior design, wabi-sabi is seen in natural, honest and raw materials: furniture built from bare knotted timber, floors of rustic stone, bumpy plastered walls, handwoven rugs and hand-made textiles.

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This is a philosophy for calm, imperfect living: the complete antithesis of fast interiors and flash-in-the-pan interior trends. So the choices that you make as you wabi-sabi your home should be sustainable ones based on comfortable, practical living and well-made, timeless pieces that bring joy. Here's how to bring some of this mindset to your home.

Natural handwoven wall baskets from £23

NATURAL MATERIALS

With wabi-sabi, a lived-in look is valued far above ‘show-home’ chic. Think softly crumpled bed linen, crafted bamboo and rattan, carefully chosen handmade pieces like rugs and decorative woven bowls, wood carved furniture, and houseplants in woven planters.

 

 

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IMPERFECT & UNFINISHED

This is a way of life that values natural imperfections and so is a deeply sustainable approach to home décor; cracked ceramics are all the more intriguing – a new work of art, in fact - once repaired. Likewise, frayed edges on rugs, raw hems on clothing and unfinished edges on woven baskets reveal the complexity of the craft and the beauty of the fibres. 

The Japanese art of kintisugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Image credit: Yonobi

 QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Whilst this interior style is different to minimalism, both share a respect for quality of things over quantity of things. Keep home clutter to a minimum by inviting only things that – to paraphrase the great William Morris – you know to be beautiful or useful. Like sisal rugs woven on the hand loom, for example, or handwoven floor baskets, woven bread baskets or large, decorative woven baskets.

Image credit: Spacestor 

FREEDOM FROM CONFORMITY

Permission to leave your bed unmade! Image credit: @pigletinbed

 

 

Wabi-sabi is all about embracing authenticity, so choose with your heart and free yourself from the constraints of your existing home style or current fast interiors trends. Wabi-sabi style will merge beautifully with virtually any interior aesthetic, from cosy cottagecore to pared back scandi, so feel liberated to mix and match… and let things fall naturally and loosely. Remember: "perfectly imperfect"!

Shop our NOURISH collection of baskets and rugs in natural textures, organic forms and neutral, soothing tones. 

 

STATEMENT PIECES FOR A NOURISHING SPACE

 

 

KOFE: Orange & Black Stripe Sculpture Pot £ 169.00

JANI Small Natural Woven Rug from £55

SARUFI: Medium Dusky Pink Cloud Woven Storage Basket £ 35.00

 

MATUNDA: Banana Fibre Woven Basket from £18

JICHO Embroidered Eye Basket £40

ALHAMISI: Unique Small Turquoise, Brown and White Sisal Basket £ 29.00

 

HERI: Natural and White Speckled Woven Laundry Basket £ 105.00

 

NDEVU: Small Natural Fringed Basket Bag £59

 

September 11, 2021 — Peris Mwangi

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