Whereas this space does not
This vase has Wabi Sabi
Whereas these do not
In Buddhism there’s a belief that everything is impermanent. A feeling, a life, an object, a building… everything eventually will either pass, die, or fall apart with time. Seeing this impermanence, and accepting it for what it is, is beautiful. Wabi Sabi is an ancient philosophy that has recently been made into a trend. We’ve seen it in fashion with torn jeans and we’ve seen it in furniture when we spend thousands of dollars on pieces that are made to look old and used (i.e.; Restoration Hardware). Real Wabi Sabi is not the new piece that is made to look old, it’s the old piece that has been passed down from generation to generation. It’s your grandparent’s antiques, it’s a childhood teddy bear that’s missing an eye but you refuse to get rid of. It’s recycled, re-used, salvaged. A piece that has been refurbished yet shows elements that have been left in their original, worn state have Wabi Sabi. Good Wabi Sabi will tell a story and give you a glimpse of its history.
My alltime favourite Wabi Sabi haven in Montreal also happens to be my favourite sushi restaurant; Tri Express. This place has MAJOR Wabi Sabi and I won’t even give you a peak because it’s worth heading over there to check it out for both the food and decor.
Would you like to create a timeless space?