Finding beauty and peace in wabi- sabi

Contrary to the Chinese lavishly decorated ceramics, the Japanese ceramics presents the calm visual language. The Japanese concept of finding beauty and peace in the imperfect and embracing the humble is called wabi-sabi. This comes from the Japanese Zen Buddhism and culture. The main characteristics are austerity, simplicity, modesty and asymmetry. Handmade tableware instills a sense of authenticity giving a human touch to the home. Imperfection also gives the space for a more relaxed feel. Handmade and mass- produced can also make a winning combination – the contrast bringing out the best in both. Mixing and matching them can create a pleasing contrast with a sense of harmony.