Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers
Wabi-sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. it is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional. Author Leonard Koren was trained as a architect but never built anything – except an eccentric Japanese tea house – because he found large, permanent objects too philosophically vexing to design. Instead he created WET: the Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, one of the premier avant-garde magazines of the 1970s. Since then Koren has produced books about design (Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement) and aesthetics (Which “Aesthetics” Do You Mean: Ten definitions).