Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese term that represents a worldview and aesthetic of imperfection. It is a concept of finding beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, or one that many design professionals struggle with the acceptance of, especially those who are perfectionists (me). The idea comes from the Buddhist teachings of the three marks of existence: impermanence, suffering or unsatisfactoriness, and non-self. Elements of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of natural objects. Used in interior design, it spawns an organic look that embraces natural, unexpected beauty.
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