In Japanese, Wabi-sabi (侘寂) refers to an aesthetic/worldview that celebrates the beauty of imperfection, and the reality of transience. Characteristics of wabi-sabi in art include simplicity, asymmetry, roughness and irregularity. A beautiful example is handmade pottery, which bears the mark of its maker in its subtle imperfections.
Designers make use of wabi-sabi principles when creating aspects of their designs by hand, working with found objects, or leaving mistakes visible in a finished piece. These techniques allow the viewer to find a connection to the work, by making it feel more human and authentic. In dating, we feel closer to our partners when they show us their vulnerable edge, or allow us to be imperfect.
Wabi-sabi as a philosophy states that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Imagine if we could embrace this mantra in our romantic relationships.