March 17, 2006

The Wabi Sabi House

Book Review: The Wabi Sabi House
Author: Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Wabi Sabi is an appreciation concept described by the author as the Japanese art of imperfect beauty.

"Pared down to its barest essence, wabi sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. Wabi sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind."

Although wabi sabi is traditionally thought of as a way of life, this book does excellent work with extending the authenticism into interior design. A chapter or two in and you might just find that your old curvy glass pitcher, the one with the tiny chip on top, suddenly sparkles in the sunlight while holding a few simple spring blooms.

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