Heriot Toun in summer

Words for Summer 2017

The Material Qualities of Wabi-Sabi



Things wabi-sabi are indifferent to conventional good taste.

Since we already know what the 'correct' design solutions are, wabi-sabi thoughtfully offers the 'wrong' solutions.

As a result, things wabi-sabi often appear odd, misshapen, awkward, or what many people would consider ugly.

Things wab-sabi may exhibit the effects of accident, like a broken bowl glued back together again.

Or they may show the result of letting things happen by chance, like the irregular fabrics that are created by intentionally sabotaging the computer programme of a textile loom.



Leonard Loren

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