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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet — that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, cracks, rot and imperfection.  Perhaps that why as I get older I’m finding myself appreciating wabi-sabi more :-)

A wabi-sabi approach to life isn’t about giving way to carelessness or seeing junk through rose-coloured glasses.  It’s about acknowledging, showcasing, and sustaining the beauty of what’s natural.

It’s appreciating rather than perfecting.

I’m looking for tiles for our bathroom.  I love the tiles in the kitchen backsplash above by Dutch designer Marianne Smink who translates the welcome imperfections of hand-stamped and brush-painted designs in her screen-printed tiles.  Apparently the abstract tiles above are inspired by L.S. Lowry’s paintings of the industrial architecture of the north of England. The angled blocks of greys, browns and creams create surprising surface patterns in a similar way to Lowry’s city vistas. There is randomness and order in both.   Each tile is handmade, screen-printed and unique, which I guess is why they cost £8 each (imperfection is more expensive than you would expect)

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