Interior trends often work in cycles, coming back to the surface every few years for a brief stint in the limelight. In recent years, though, there has been an overall push towards interior design that takes influence from a range of sources for a considered, personalised style. With the rise in popularity of relaxed linen homewares, organic ceramics and support of local design, many of us have perhaps unknowingly been embracing an ancient Japanese lifestyle philosophy; Wabi-Sabi. More than just a trend, Wabi-Sabi refers to an overall way of life, with a deep appreciation for nature and the imperfections that come with handmade objects. We’ve selected a few of our favourite items for the home that embody the Japanese philosophy…
Karen McCartney – Perfect Imperfect
In collaboration with prolific Australian creatives Sharyn Cairns and Glen Proebstel, bestselling author Karen McCartney has curated a list of interviews with local and international designers and artists, along with insights into their homes and studios. Guided by the Japanese principle of Wabi-sabi, Perfect Imperfect takes a modern look at the way heritage is combined with technology for a distinctly twenty-first century aesthetic.
Spanish artist and designer, Jamie Hayon is responsible for some of the most unique and thought-provoking homeware designs in recent years. In this partnership with &Tradition, a Danish design house with a passion for fusing Nordic heritage with a modern sensibility, Hayon has successfully achieved a beautiful junction between Eastern and Western cultures. His choice to use rice paper echoes the tactile ancient paper lanterns featured in Asia, while black stained-oak accents and playful shapes give the Formakami JH4 Pendant a contemporary personality.
Utilising a textured pot handmade in Japan, this scented candle has a tactile textured surface that is covered in a matte black and white glaze. Hand poured in Sydney, the Japanese Tōki Candle is available in four unisex scents – Cherry Blossom, Leather, Tobacco, Cardamom, Hikari and Dāku. Once the wax has completely burnt, the handmade vessel makes a perfect teacup, vase or planter.
Steve Clark is an artist and trained stone mason whose highly-textural, one-of-a-kind sculptures and furniture designs offer an insight into his unique career. Merging traditional craftsmanship with influences from his passion for textiles and embroidery, his works highlight the innate characteristics of his favoured material, Australian limestone. Carved entirely by hand, the Bob Planter is a statement piece that’s subdued palette allows any piece of greenery to shine.
MCM House lead with the philosophy that the living environments we design for ourselves have the power to dramatically enhance our lives. Natural, organic materials, when incorporated into our homes, offer a vital connection to the outside world that can add a sense of calm and ease. The Tonk Stool is a fantastic example of showcasing a material to its best ability, with cracks, scuffs and irregular shapes embraced. Ideal as a side table, the relaxed piece will suit a variety of interior styles.
Whether your walls are a consistent shade of white or take on a more daring hue, this Monochrome Totem 1 print by Hunting For George is a show-stopper. Combining a tasteful array of monochrome tones, look closely and you’ll find a collage of paper and watercolour connected together to create a striking piece of wall art. It’s organic lines and muted, abstract shapes provide a fresh energy that is easily styled with existing pieces.