wabi sabi roses

July 13, 2011

Lately, my aunt Sheila and I have been discussing the Japanese concept of “wabi sabi” in design. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, Richard Powell in his book Wabi Sabi Simple describes it thus: “[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.”

For days, I’ve been meaning to throw away these roses that many of you saw here. But just now I noticed how beautiful they actually are in their current state of decay. Especially against the scabrous mirror, which I just added to the space.

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