Always looking to the arts, design and interior world for inspiration, we are drawn to the Japanese concept of wabi sabi - finding beauty in imperfection, profundity in nature and of accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay. We love the idea of designing a setting based on these principles, pared down to the barest essence; a simple, slow and uncluttered authenticity.
To create an ambience that reflects the undertones of the wabi sabi notion, start by selecting a space such as a cocooning timeworn interior with emotional charm and peeling, decaying textures. A muted, subdued palette of tonal rustic neutral hues set the mood to your narrative. Exposed distressed timber tables dressed with mismatched, hand formed textured tableware collected over time, (some repaired with gold - kintsugi style) paired with forged flatware in a bronzed-matte finish and placed quietly on textural linen napery with frayed, raw edged detailing in shades of charcoal grey bring a unique melancholic sensitivity to the table. Florals are sparse sculptural ikebana-style stems in organic shaped ceramic vessels of variegated heights entwined with negative space to allow for aesthetic ease on the eye and air for the objects to breath… A mixture of carefully selected and artfully arranged Chinese workers stools and worn upholstered linen dining chairs evoke the essence of wabi sabi and complete the overall feel of the tablescape.
Compliment the modest surroundings with dappled light to create curious silhouettes amongst this textural, emotional yet pared back setting. The perfect backdrop for creating drama within your photographs.