Are you Googling “wabi-sabi” because you are interested in Japandi – the Japanese/Scandinavian design aesthetic hybrid? Are you confused because you haven’t found the information/inspiration you are looking for? We write a lot about Japanese aesthetics, including wabi-sabi, so we can help!
What is wabi-sabi in Japandi?: a practical guide for confused design lovers
If you are confused about the influence of wabi-sabi in Japandi, it’s probably because you think of wabi-sabi as a design style – it’s not. Wabi-sabi is a Zen-influenced aesthetic philosophy that emerged in the 15th century, discovering beauty in seemingly negative elements such as solitude, decay, imperfection or smallness. So it seems that it is a leap to directly apply it to interior design (most Japanese won’t do that), but there may be a way of doing that. To start off, take a look at some traditional/authentic wabi-sabi art to see if they are in line with the aesthetics you are looking for.
If you liked these, then you might want to learn what wabi-sabi is all about. As it is an overarching concept, it can be applied to architecture or interior design. Read our article Wabi-sabi 101.
If you think this wasn’t what you were looking for, try these options.It’s likely that what you are looking for is not authentic wabi-sabi.