166 pages. Paperback.
Developed out of the aesthetic philosophy of cha-no-yu (the tea
ceremony) in fifteenth-century Japan, wabi sabi is an aesthetic that
finds beauty in things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
Taken from the Japanese words wabi
, which translates to less is more, and sabi
which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of
the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in
the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. As much a state of
mind--an awareness of the things around us and an acceptance of our
surroundings--as it is a design style, wabi sabi begs us to appreciate
the pure beauty of life--a chipped vase, a quiet rainy day, the
impermanence of all things. Presenting itself as an alternative to
today's fast-paced, mass-produced, neon-lighted world, wabi sabi reminds
us to slow down and take comfort in the natural beauty around us.
addition to presenting the philosophy of wabi-sabi, this book includes
how-to design advice--so that a transformation of body, mind, and home
- History: The Development of Wabi Sabi
- Culture: Wabi Sabi and the Japanese Character
- Art: Defining Aesthetics
- Design: Creating Expressions with Wabi Sabi Materials
- Spirit: The Universal Spirit of Wabi Sabi