Nope, this isn’t a post about Vancouver’s obsession with sushi and its condiments. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy and design aesthetic that allows us to let go of the exhausting pursuit of perfection. Pop-culture can be overwhelmingly filled with idealized images of celebrity home interiors and lifestyle pursuits that we can never hope to copy without a full-time staff and more than 24 hours in a day. Instead, learn to embrace the beauty of Wabi Sabi, which is an appreciation of the organic beauty that is found in imperfection. An aged piece of furniture with layers of cracking paint, the patina of loving use on any household object, hand-made items that are never perfectly symmetrical, Wabi Sabi encourages authenticity and individuality by celebrating the beauty in all of life’s imperfections. In a world increasingly obsessed with perfection, this is a much-needed breath of fresh air that is being reflected in leading design publications and trend-setting retailers.