The most expressive sense of Wabi-Sabi for me: philosophy that embraces quietude and modesty
The three-bedroom penthouse Vervoordt has built atop the existing hotel is designed in the spirit of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that embraces humility at its core; Vervoordt explains it as a way of saying “thank you” to nature (wabi means “sober refinement” and sabi means “patina”). The elements of a wabi-sabi space often appear simple or rustic and show signs of age; a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things. Each piece, from a wooden door frame to a ceramic vase, must be carefully selected and artfully arranged in the wabi spirit.
Credit Photographs by François Halard