Friday, April 16, 2010

Wabi sabi whimsy...

Skona Hem has been charming me with Swedish simplicity.  Upon scouring their site, I came across an article on Wabi-sabi contributed by Pernilla Eriksson.  Ms. Eriksson describes the general elements of Wabi-sabi as authentic, modest, natural, intimate, and imperfect.  Interior embellishment, under Wabi-sabi doctrine, is natural {literally from nature}, driftwood, flowers, branches, shells, and all nature has to offer.  Wabi-sabi assigns heavy emphasis to constant change; nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.  
There has always been a little Wabi-sabi whimsy in my design aesthetic. I love the sense of fleeting design; each ephemeral moment is embraced and then released.  Wabi-sabi is a great reminder that interiors are not just defined by appearance and aesthetic, but how they feel and the emotions they invoke.
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