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An Asian style that preaches beauty in imperfection

If you haven't mastered the art of feng shui and don't know exactly where your red should be to bring you money, luck or love, never fear: wabi-sabi, the latest Asian-inspired design craze, is here. With its celebration of the imperfect, unpredictable and incomplete, wabi-sabi is a much more forgiving style than its predecessor.

Wabi-sabi is a catchall term for a 16th century Japanese discipline that combines the notions of wabi (things that are simple or humble) and sabi (things that gain beauty from age). Artist and architect Leonard Koren introduced the term to Americans a decade ago with his extended...

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