The Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi is based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. In Japan, the meaning of wabi-sabi is summed up by the phrase “wisdom in natural simplicity”, that’s to say that true beauty is found in the natural imperfection of objects: a cracked bowl fixed with uneven clay or a vintage shirt that shows the signs of its age with stitched tears. Loft Kolasiński’s House From 1923 is a project rooted in wabi-sabi, updated by the influences of Japanese and Brazilian modernism.
The interiors project is found within a house built in 1923 in Szczecin, Poland and required a complete renovation and reconstruction to fulfil its main aim: to alter the classic layout of the house which was divided into several small rooms.
One of the project’s focal points is the over two-hundred-year-old olive tree housed in the glazed veranda which was chosen because of the client’s love of the outdoors.
Designs by Isamu Noguchi, Jader Almeida and Junzo Sakakura populate the interior, instilling the project with modernist appeal. Our favourite feature of the project is a unique Polish wool carpet from 1969 which accentuates the bold lines of the modernist furniture while contrasting with the dramatic olive tree.
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