A Glimpse into Wabi-Sabi

Within Japanese Zen philosophy, the concept of “Wabi-Sabi” (which, as always, is untranslatable for the Western world) is based on the acceptance of imperfection, transforming it into harmony and beauty.

Western culture’s standards of beauty and perfection are based on superficial and increasingly selfishly immediate criteria. In Eastern cultures, it is not so, and concepts such as Balance, Harmony, Respect, etc., have always been valued more.

In “Wabi-Sabi,” the inevitable passage of time and the logical transformation of beings and things in general make supposed imperfections or decay beautiful. In nature, the moss that grows as a parasite on a wall, cracks resembling scars on rocks, tree bark, fallen leaves dead and in harmonious decomposition are all “Wabi-Sabi.”

Everything serves as a reminder of the acquired experience imprinted in the chronology of Time, so to eliminate it would contradict the natural order.




“True beauty does not lie in perfection because absolute perfection does not exist.”

Agustí Fernández