The wabi-sabi is a Japanese word that describes a beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete” (Koren, Leonard (1994). Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. Stone Bridge Press) and its concept is derived from Buddhism. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

In the Western wabi-shabi is having an increasing influence in the art & craft as well as in the interior design.
The wabi-sabi Japanese pottery is a big trend at the moment.

▲ Kinto pottery

However this is not a just a style trend, but an aesthetic philosophy, similar to the hygge lifestyle, which is also so becoming very popular nowadays. While hygge is light and airy, wabi-sabi is closer to darker colors, minimal lines and robust materials. The Japanese interiors offer us a great prospective over this mood.

You will notice that in these houses there is almost no border between inside and outside. The minimalist, high quality designed and prestige furniture are perfectly integrated with the nature and artisan crafted objects, like vases and textiles. Everything happens in a kind of calm contrast, where flaws are deliberated, fully accepted and embraced in a total harmony of elements and souls.

The message is positive and overwhelming about a new concept of home living, with a major impact on the outdoor spaces: garden, terrace and patio. Chairs, tables and sofas should integrate with the nature in style affinity and elegance.

▲ Barcode sofa collection

We have found this positive and charming mood in the design of Varaschin, an Italian long standing company, specialized in the outdoor market and based in Treviso, very close to Venice. Their claim, “Outdoor Therapy”, outlines the mood of all their products and perfectly matches with the wabi-sabi concept.

▲ Algarve daybed

▲ Babylon collection

▲ Belt modular sofa

The Emma Collection (chairs, chairs with arms, armchairs, bergères, sofas, tables designed by Monica Armani for Varaschin is another example of this style, elegant and poetic, in a perfect empathy with the environment, for the best everyday outdoor living.

▲ ▼ Emma collection

Bali, designed by Alessandro Dubini, invites you to the comfort of its essential and cozy seat, embedded in a delicate wooden structure.

▲ Bali sofa

Both Emma bergère and Bali sofas are previews of “Salone del Mobile” Milan International Furniture Fair 2018, in HALL. 5 BOOTH C03 D02. The show booth is designed to represent the philosophy of their “Outdoor Therapy ” where the concept of a dynamic open air lifestyle is highlighted in a photo-gallery made with polaroid pictures and slow motion videos (follow us on our socials to see live the photos and the comments we will share from the show).

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Haiku by Kobayashi Issa

提灯に  落花の風の  見ゆるかな
Chochin ni/ Rakka no kaze no/ Miyuru kana

Around the paper lantern
Fallen blossoms with the wind
Can be seen.