Wabi-Sabi : the praise of imperfect beauty

The Wabi-sabi philosophy is a Japanese aesthetic concept, valuing the imperfect beauty of craftsmanship. It is the art of simplicity, a kind of minimalism and modesty that has become a must in housing and decoration sectors over the last few years. 

Irregularity and impermanence 

A chipped crockery, a gullied wood, a patinated wall, an irregularly dyed fabric: these are the foundations of this art of living which preaches the return to sobriety by accepting irregularity, randomness, the ephemeral. It is the idea that things become beautiful as they age, as they get damaged, which by the appearance of natural imperfections offer a new charm.

© The Greenwich Hotel

In decoration, Wabi-Sabi is expressed by the use of a palette of muted colours and faded hues, the use of raw, natural and authentic materials (wood, stone, linen fabrics…) and the use of recycled and patinated furniture. 

Axel Vervoordt

The master of this trend is Axel Vervoordt, a Belgian art dealer, antique dealer and decorator.

© The Greenwich Hotel

In the heart of New York in the Tribeca district, is located Robert Deniro’s penthouse on the rooftop of the Greenwich Hotel. 

The 260 square meters of this suite were decorated by Axel Vervoordt according to the Wabi-Sabi codes. The sober ensemble is an invitation to calm, silence and meditation. Mineral or earthy materials were chosen, enhanced by natural light that reveals the raw textures and subtle patinas. 

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