I have been reading a lot lately for our new project. We were contacted to design a house for Japanese-Thai couple in beautiful piece of land in Chiengrai(northern province). I start to research on Japanese architecture and Thai vanecular architecture. Two books that were recommended by couple of people are ” In the Praise of Shadow” and “Wabi-Sabi”. These two books are architects and designers must read books(It was written on the cover” and I must note that it is a must!
The word wabi-sabi: traditional Japanese aesthetics, influenced by Zen and Mahayana philosophy, particularly acceptance and contemplation of the imperfection, constant flux and impermanence of all things.
Note: cut part from Wikipedia Wabi-sabi
After finished reading these two book as couple of essays. I start to see things around me, things that I like and things that I don’t like with the definition of wabi-sabi. I start to categorize things with this word.
I just grab the camera and took pictures of our office. I have to say I can see wabi-sabi beauty in many parts. I finally able to explain why we love our office and why I love to photograph moldy walls.