Zen and the Art of Scaramanga

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Antique reclaimed window mirror (£275)
Antique reclaimed window mirror (£275)

Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of appreciating the beauty in the naturally imperfect world. It is an ancient aesthetic philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism, particularly the tea ceremony, a ritual of purity and simplicity in which Zen Masters prized bowls that were handmade and irregularly shaped, with uneven glaze and tiny cracks.

Loosely translated, “Wabi” means simplicity or rustic, and ‘Sabi’ means the beauty of age and wear. It’s a beauty hidden right in front of our eyes, an aesthetic of simplicity that shows itself through the daily work of living. It is a perverse philosophy celebrating ‘beauty’ in what is natural, and nature contains flaws and imperfections.

You won’t find Wabi Sabi in IKEA, Botox or an iPhone. For sure you won’t find it in the drive for relentless self-improvement and reinvention.

You will find Wabi Sabi in asymmetrical heirloom vegetables, handmade pottery, laughter lines, the first draft of a difficult letter, the frayed sleeves of a favorite wool sweater and a pre-loved antique wooden cabinet.

Scaramanga embraces the imperfection of Wabi Sabi.

Scaramanga welcomes this imperfection when we select our vintage, retro, and antique furniture, which has a history in every crooked surface, an engaging story in every new coat of paint, a secret narrative in the deep patina of scratched wood polished a thousand times.

Are you ready to add your story?

See Scaramanga’s new arrivals on our website.

Vintage cabinet (£165)
Vintage cabinet (£165)
Antique teak chest (£365)
Antique teak chest (£365)

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