Wabi-sabi into the living room

The rustic and elegant craftsmanship that came to be known as wabi-sabi was a reaction to the extravagant perfection of the Chinese art and culture that gave rise to Japan’s advanced culture. In this way, Japan asserted its own aesthetics. In Japan, signs of wabi-sabi are so ubiquitous that we hardly notice them. But wabi-sabi is present in the pottery of tea and sake drinking, in the weathered trees of Kyoto’s temples, in the Japanese gardens where flower petals cover the mossy ground, and in the faces of the elderly who have undergone remarkable changes in this singular country over the course of a century. Wabi-sabi has been widely featured at design conferences, art galleries, and symposia, and home decor magazines, both here and abroad, have featured features on how to incorporate the principles of wabi-sabi into the living room, including how to properly select and arrange old family furniture and vintage accessories.