The first day I met my clients we walked around the house. We walked into the back garden, the landscape was unruly. An over arching berry branch, finches everywhere. My client pushes back the berry branch, “Excuse the mess, but I like it wild”. And that moment stuck with me and began to inform the design. I got it. It is the beauty in natural imperfection, the weathering of time, the beauty of the unexpected that she likes.
This is the concept of WABI-SABI. “Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace weathering, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent”.
The Corten Steel used for the workshop siding was directly linked to the “I like it wild” concept. We are now experimenting with placing rusted metal on the boulders adjacent to the workshop. Hoping they will develop rust stains and begin to help the building meld into its environment.