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Landscape Design | Create | Nurture

Imperfection

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I have always loved the character and soul of old, patinated materials, and the suggestion of the history that accompanies them. The concept of wabi-sabi has therefore tickled my fancy too - the Japanese concept of accepting (and enjoying?) transience and imperfection. In a culture when things are too easily discarded once they are a bit worn, and where long-term thinking is sadly lacking, it is a pleasure to know that there are such philosophies still around. As always, though, there is the challenge of 'what is wabi-sabi, and what looks trashy?' To some degree is it in the eye of the beholder (I picked up this pot off the side of the road). But it is also about careful selection and right context...and restraint. And knowing when imperfection is good, and when perfection is needed. Ask your Designer.