Wabi Sabi

October 15th


     We think it is very fitting that we keep coming across references to the Japanese world view, or aesthetic, called Wabi Sabi.  Every magazine we pick up these days refers to some small aspect of this philosophy or uses Wabi Sabi as the theme of the feature, whether discussing art, design, cooking etc.


     As an aesthetic, Wabi Sabi centers on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.  This is an appropriate concept for us in our collecting, acquiring, purchasing, and “picking” for PROVISIONS.  One of our favorite pieces in the store is a gorgeous mahogany drop leaf table.  The table has super clean lines, is exceptionally well made AND has a fairly deep six inch long scratch right on the top.  This scratch, although, “imperfect,” adds a depth of character to the table.  If I were in the market for a drop leaf table, I would scoop this table up, with all its history and vintage charm rather than a newer, “pristine.” table.  This piece is over 50 years old, and the majority of our inventory is at least 40 - 50 years old.  We are proud of our furniture and artwork, and feel confident saying that all our products are in “Excellent VINTAGE condition!”


See the Wabi Sabi definition from Wickipedia.


Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".[1] It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin?), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō?), the other two being suffering ( ku?) and emptiness or absence of self-nature ( ?).

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.


Also…A Brilliant Children’s Book: Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young