In Japanese, the term wabi-sabi refers to the art of seeking beauty in imperfection; in other words, it’s an aesthetic discipline that requires acceptance of the flawed, impermanent, and incomplete. The modern rustic-chic aesthetic has grown around this very idea, and Dutch furniture company Piet Hein Eek was an original leader of the look. In 1990, the firm created the first piece in its famed scrapwood collection, proving that imperfection can be extremely appealing to the eye. Since then, we’ve seen the trend — which has ecological benefits such as encouraging reuse and zero-waste design principles — explode.
Three years ago, Piet Hein Eek expanded its offerings to include a fantastic wallpaper line mimicking the scrapwood look, and now it has launched the second collection in the series. These statement designs feature end cuts and side planks, with 16 total patterns, all digitally printed on non-woven wallpaper stock. They’re whimsical yet sophisticated, and supply major impact. We think they’d make a perfectly imperfect feature wall in a modern loft or shabby-chic beach shack.
Images courtesy of Scandanavian Wallpaper & Decor.