Shoe by Missoni
Wabi-sabi is an ancient Japanese world view and aesthetic centered around the acceptance of imperfection. From the wabi-sabi perspective, irregularities make something beautiful—the knots in the wood’s grain are what make it special. What some in western culture might consider “a mistake” is what contains the character or soul of the object or artwork. If only we could see our own imperfections in the same wabi-sabi manner.
My favorite book on the subject is Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers by Leonard Koren
“Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.” – Leonard Koren