Interior Trends 2021: Wabi Sabi & Kintsugi

Trend Confirmation:

Design trends for interiors take time to filter through all product sectors and traverse the world…but when a trend really resonates with consumers the impact is deep and long-lasting.

In 2018/19 a design trend called ‘Imperfect Beauty’ … began to emerge.

… at its core is the philosophy of Wabi Sabi – the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection.

Achieving this ‘idea’, or notion in product design can best be done by engaging with the Japanese art of Kintsugi. It’s an art about the repair of ‘damage’ with a precious metal. Instead of hiding a break in a material or damage to a product, Kintsugi is about celebrating this event in a product’s life. Making it visible to all, adding it to the history and story of the item. This art can also of course, be mimicked to create beautiful products, such as Ronel Jordaan’s ‘felt pebbles’ which are (im)perfect complimentary products to those of Paper Lounge. Both are unexpected, one a soft material made to look hard (pebble) and the other a hard material transformed to soft & comfortable seating.  



Imperfect Beauty is also a style that plays well for origami style pattern & look which is the full range of Paper Lounge items. 


And as we enter 2021 the thinking & aesthetics of this Japanese wisdom connect with us all, perhaps more than ever as we learn to accept our perfectly imperfect lives. 

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