Stumble Log: Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi: asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the suggestion of a natural process

The simplicity of wabi-sabi is best described as the state of grace arrived at by a sober, modest, heartfelt intelligence. The main strategy of this intelligence is economy of means. Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered, but don’t sterilize. (Things that are wabi-sabi are emotionally warm, never cold.) Usually this implies a limited palette of materials. It also means keeping conspicuous features to a minimum. But it doesn’t mean removing the invisible connective tissue that somehow binds the elements into a meaningful whole.

From Wabi-Sabi and making of websites

And this beautiful quote from Wikipedia page on Wabi-Sabi:

“if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.”

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