Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren


recommended by Dianna Cohen, Fariha Roisin, Shawana Grosvenor and Mimi Packer

Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of what we think of as traditional Japanese beauty. It occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. Wabi-sabi, in its purest, most idealized form, is precisely about the delicate traces, the faint evidence, at the borders of nothingness. Author Leonard Koren was trained as an architect but never built anything-except an eccentric Japanese tea house-because he found large, permanent objects too philosophically vexing to design. Instead he created WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing, one of the premier avant-garde magazines of the 1970s. Subsequently Koren has produced unusual books about design- and aesthetics-related subjects.

Wabi-Sabi is a book that informs my practice and I love to re-visit it often.” - Shawana Grosvenor

“Their approach on life and death are principles and philosophies I’ve adopted and revisit. I recommend Wabi Sabi to anyone interested in making peace with impermanence.” - Dianna Cohen


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