East or West? A contrast in aesthetic perspectives.

“When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature - this very unique to Japan.”

Tadao Ando, architect [winner of the 1995 Pritzker Prize]
The Zen+Clay collection represents a cultural tradition in ceramic tilemaking and a faithfully curated and exclusive selection of architectural ceramics and tilework from Japan. 

What is wabi-sabi?

“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; Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers; 2008]

“To get a better sense of what wabi-sabi is – and isn’t – it might be helpful to compare and contract it with modernism…and how it applies to all manner of manmade objects, spaces and designs.”

Modernism Wabi-sabi
A logical, rational worldview
Implies an intuitive worldview
Absolute, faith in progress
Relative, there is no progress
Romanticizes technology
Romanticizes nature
Geometric, precise, everlasting
Organic, rustic, temporal

Design wa (和)

Wa, meaning “harmony”, is demonstrated in the affinity of design and materials in traditional Japanese interior architecture.  A designer visiting Japan will immediately sense the remarkable way in which an intrinsic respect for culture, craft and authentic materials is combined with innovation and creative experimentation.

We are honored to share our experience!
Mosaic Tile Museum Tajimi
Blue Godai Tile Shower Wall
Godai Series
Miyabi Tile with Vase
Miyabi Series
Orimono Tile with Book
Orimono Series
Hanakago Tile with Flower
Hanakago Series
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Yotsume Series
Hanami Bathroom Tile Backsplash
Hanami Series
Henro weave floor
Henro Series