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Interiors that correspond to the wabi-sabi views

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese design philosophy that honors imperfection and transience. Wabi-sabi, a Zen Buddhist idea that is notoriously difficult to express, is believed to help us "see beauty in imperfection, appreciate simplicity, and accept the transient nature of all things," according to author Beth Kempton.

It often refers to the combination of rustic and minimalist aspects in home design, as well as with natural, earthy tones and raw surfaces.


Palau apartment, Spain

In a remodeling project, Barcelona-based Colombo and Serboli Architecture intended to emphasize the "imperfect" aspects of this flat.


Wooden beams with a rough texture were left exposed, while contemporary elements gave priority to strong, straightforward shapes like circles and squares.



Imperfect Residence, Hong Kong

In Hong Kong's Imperfect Residence, veined marble, and grained wood combine to represent the imperfections of nature.


To intensify the sense of a retreat in the city, NC Design & Architecture used finishing touches like oxidized bronze and textured plaster.



Kyiv apartment, Ukraine

Sergey Makhno, is one of the leading practitioners of the modern wabi-sabi movement in Europe.

He put the idea into practice in his own Kyiv flat by adding wood beams to the living room along with furniture created especially for the space to go with his collection of vintage Eastern European pottery.



C4L House, Japan, by Cubo Design Architects

In this Tokyo home, traditional Japanese elements coexist with modern finishes. The company's founder, Hitoshi Saruta, stated, "We believe the kind of houses we should be building in Japan today are rooted in an understanding of the cultural context of Japan and a respect for the skills and innovations of our ancestors, which can nonetheless be passed on to future generations."




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