In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. It is appreciating the beauty that is ‘imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete’ in nature. Exuding nature, prevalent throughout most forms of Japanese art.
Project wabi-sabi was a great experience for Insight Out Studio, it was a pleasure working with our client as her lifestyle and love for arts allowed us to achieve such marvellous results.
Interesting fact: You’ll be surprised to know that this house does not have an air conditioner installed upon our client’s request.
Zooming into the kitchen - It looks clean and minimalistic as we did not go with the conventional kitchen look. We did away with the top cabinet resulting in a kitchen with no hood and dish rack. Instead, we mounted the tabletop onto the wall for easy maintenance and cleaning of oil splatters and dirt with time. We wanted to give some personality to the theme and added a frame profile around the kitchen cabinets to enhance its look.
We used full cement screeding for the kitchen wall, did away with any wall tiles. Some things to take note of when using cement tiles would be to expect hairline cracks and uneven colors. As the effect of cement screed is natural, the flaws are a part of its beauty. The client was able to appreciate the beauty in imperfection and was happy with the outcome of it.
To achieve an unusually large washroom space, we hacked the wall in between the common and master toilet. Resulting in the combination of two toilets. The basin was shifted outside of the washroom space to segregate the dry and wet areas. Focusing on the details, we erected a wall to create a shampoo niche so you may do away with bulky bottle storage racks.
Our living room and bedroom walls have a lime-wash paint finish. Lime-wash is a finish that gets its textural veneer from added sandstone aggregate. This finish has an almost chalky look to it and when in a can, it appears to be more like putty than a thin paint!
The beautiful concrete slab you see in the master-bed room is used to create a unique 2-in-1 combination of a vanity cum study table.
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