Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
“Wabi-sabi 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.
Attempts to define beauty are as old as the idea of beauty itself. But the aesthetic feeling always bears something indescribable, a quality which, rather than appealing to our rationality is born of our intuition, somewhere without a name inside us, in a region to which words rarely have access. For this reason, among many others, the book Wabi-sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers, by Leonard Koren, has a special value. The book is dedicated to defining the Japanese term —a word once unknown in the West, and a word known everywhere now, especially in works on Japanese aesthetics and philosophy.
Wabi-sabi, defined by Koren as an aesthetic system, suggests and emulates the processes of nature and, therefore, celebrates the irregular, the intimate, the unpretentious, the earthly and the simple. The book is a discreet and brief treasure, especially for those with minds inclined toward the artistic, the aesthetic, and toward philosophical tasks, because Koren succeeds in delineating with words (in an attempt of defining something nearly indefinable) a term whose very nature largely exceeds words.