Wabi Sabi - The art of imperfection
When we got the idea for Atelier Bensenhaver two things were clear:
- it should consist of items we produce in our own atelier
- Atelier Bensenhaver stuff must be used and loved by ourselves
We don't want to produce masses but we want to have small productions we love to produce ourselves.
So we ended up with Wabi Sabi.
Wabi Sabi is in traditional Japanese aesthetics a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".
Characteristics of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
So don't expect clean, cold and perfect products but products made with love and pride (and good workmanship!) in our atelier in Amsterdam from honest materials.