Wabi-Sabi: letting the poetry remain

 
"Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry." -Leonard Koren

"Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry." -Leonard Koren

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic, which centers around the ideas of imperfection and transience. "Wabi-sabi" is sometimes described as finding beauty in the "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."

Leonard Koren, the author of "Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers," along with numerous other books on design and aesthetics, wrote that "[w]abi-sabi is exactly about the delicate balance between the pleasure we get from things and the pleasure we get from freedom of things.” He advises one to, "[p]are down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry. Keep things clean and unencumbered, but don't sterilize."