Wabi is defined as a quality of austere and serene beauty expressing a mood of spiritual solitude recognized in Zen Buddhist philosophy and you can easily see why we're crushing on it.
Renowned interior design, Axel Vervoordt, is well known for his ability to draw inspiration from places and cultures that span the globe. His Wabi spaces are inspiring us this week and we thought you would enjoy a peek into a few of those exquisite designs.
Read more about Axel Vervoordt here.
His work goes to show that in a world as busy and full as this one, less can often end up being so much more:
"I believe in the historical, not the merely decorative. I like depth, not superficiality - everything needs a deep human reason, and for me it is important to create something interesting, not just decorative."
“Don’t just buy what’s fashionable. That kind of collection is much less interesting. And it’s dangerous. Nothing is so quickly out of fashion as fashion.”
"We didn’t live in a grand house, just a small one, but [my mother] made it look beautiful. She lit candles every night. I love rooms with atmosphere.”
"I find the spirit of things much more important than the look of things - I really don't mind if things are ugly. They have their own beauty, if only one looks hard enough."
"Choosing art and objects is an art in itself. It’s about recognizing what is important in society, and where our civilization is going."
"My task, as I have seen it from a very young age, has been to rediscover beautiful works of art, to save them for the future, to reveal them for what they are, to show them at their best, to give them a better place in the world - and, perhaps, by doing this, to create inner harmony and find new ways of expressing their inner life."
"A room should reflect your personality. It should look like it has always existed, even if its style is contemporary. I always like a room where there is a fire burning.”
"For 30 years I have been interested in developing an art of living which can transform the ordinary object into an objet d' art and the everyday gesture into perfection - the fullness of emptiness."
"I mix art and objects from different periods. We’re all products of the past, but we must also take inspiration from the present. And we have a responsibility to build a new society for tomorrow."