Zen Design/Wabi Sabi/Feng Shui
materials, textures, and space within Wabi Sabi is
sacred art within itself. Zen Architects will fuse Wabi-sabi/Feng
Shui applications into an zenergy blend. These systems may originate
from the eastern globe, yet the genre needs not follow eastern culture.
In fact, the principles may apply with all worldly materials and methods
to trace with any theme, yet still be Wabi-Sabi. Some examples of blending
east into west is the Bungalow folk craftsman style, Frank Lloyd Wright
"Prairie" and Greene & Greene "Gamble" . Successfully
and timelessly these craftsman styles of architecture bridge East/West
coherently. Some deeper examples of Wabi Sabi eclectic approaches as
Great resource for textiles or tapestries can come from 3rd World countries.
Most 3rd world items are hand made rather than machine made. The energy
transmitted through hand made items are lively. The imperfections with
irregularities adds to a relaxed feeling. Examples include paper (Shoji
screens), hemp plant, grass, silk, cotton and natural pigments, all
add to the indigenous themes.
Where new materials can't appear old, chemical treated patinas may be
applied as finishes for all metals. Color bleed acid etched concrete
is a great substitute for finish floor. Sand blasting or wired brush
for metal or wood also accelerates weathered look appearance. Grass
wallpaper or wall paper infused with art/ calligraphy adds bold interest.
Contemporary art that is minimalist by nature often works with Wabi-sabi.
Calligraphy and Sumi wet-brush paintings enrich the rooms. A lighted
or accented alcove known as "tokonoma" becomes a great showcase
for flaunting art, textiles, cermaics, flower pot or sculpture. By obtaining original art work rather
machined copied vitalizes a space as containing an aura feel. Kinesiology
testing Scientifically demonstrates original art as compared to a machined
copy to same art image has far more benefits for our well being. Hand
crafted murals designed for particular walls also contribute personally
for room space. Seeking indigenous and folk art pieces add eccentricity,
and floods energy to the room.
Artwork painted by John
Decorations & Accessories:
Statues, hand crafted items and fixtures facilitate balance to stagnant
spots of rooms. Even displaying non-practical senseless items such as
old hand warn tools, farm implements and ancient music instruments add
balance to space. Also, hand crafted plumbing/electrical fixtures complement
rooms well through using wood carved sinks/tubs right down to decorative
metal art switch plates that all align to craftsmanship feel. The final
touches of "Ikebana" flower arrangements draws forth the existence
of nature, especially when complemented with potted crude ceramic containers
known as "Raku."
Roughen exposed ceiling framing, hand made or sometimes custom furniture
personalizes a room. Wood furniture with integrated network of joiners,
fingers, pegs, exposed wood pegs and other custom fittings give a sense
of Wabi Sabi. The exposed crude and hammered metal hardware and surfaces
gives sense of rustic feel. Often, examples of these surfaces are over-warned/hand
polished antiques passed through time and have bruised exposed patinas
that wear naturally caused by man and nature. Eclectically, mixing antiques
with modern pieces celebrates all of time.
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Indoor Lights/Shadows: The Japanese
word "Sabi" in Wabi Sabi refers to Shadowy world of solitude/quietness.
The darkness empties to spur mystery while dimness evokes spirit to
dwell and eventually clear all distractions to everyday life. The ascetic
hermits sometimes visited dark caves within the deep mountains as to
acquire abstinence. Rooms too can have a soft quite corners with bright
transitory light spaces. Accenting with low voltage lighting or using
Shoji screens to diffuse light mysteriously though borrow from adjacent
space while accenting the shadowy contrast spaces. According the oriental
values, the nexus between light and darkness collide to create both
form and substance so to rise life. Spatial conception and expression
is lively addressed with light and shadow combinations. From sedated/meditative
to active/brilliance for tasking, all spaces create a pleasant pallet
of balanced with transitionary to Yin/Yang.
Outdoor Gardens: Gardens add refuge and serenity that
sets a mind truly free and clear. Creating a seamless harmonious flow
of hardscapes/softscapes adds interest through meandering pathways.
Originally, Zen monks strolled these garden pathways that lead to tea
rooms as to conquer spiritual synchronicity and kinaesthetically generate
peace and calm. These trails through the gardens create a feeling of
a stroll to desolate mountains where almost forgetting and refinding
ones soul. The gardens represent a microcosm of the Universe where scale
did not matter to transcend the macrocosm. The miniature trees (Bonsai
for example) allowed mediators to loose themselves in spacelessness.
These spaces were metaphors for the Universe which allows the serer
to disappear. From meditators view, evanescing evokes a hypnosis trance
like effect for contemplation. Using organic materials such as Bamboo
as softscape helps relax areas. Using real stone (Not Cultured) for
stepping stones/ retaining walls adds fittingly atmosphere with nature.
As for concrete, segregated edges and rounded serpentine corners breaks
up the stiffness. Dry gravel streams and raked sand seemingly braced
against protruding rocks emulates water eddies bouncing off like oceans
or natural streams causing an wonderful fluid-like medium. Water polished
pebble stones placed longitudinally helps suggest directions of stream
flow. Some examples are arid climates which offer contemporary desert
themes. Scarce vegetation using wispy brush braced by indigenous decomposed
red granite and rocks suggest Zen like atmosphere. For additional information
on Zen Gardens, click Gardens.
Where one find these materials and things is quite simple. Using indigenous
materials is honest, authentic, and by best most cost effective. Strolling
along deserted beaches for drift wood or hiking through rural areas
is one method to having fun and seeking abandoned treasures. For eclectic
look, shop at world import retailers, flea markets, antiques stores,
scrape metal reclamation centers and other salvage yards for materials.
Building demolition's such as barns, bridges, industrial buildings are
a plus for raw construction building/furniture materials. Also any other
utility rigging or industrious antique products can be found at reclamation
yards. Hopefully these products all have natural patinas or blemishes,
just need to be cleaned, sealed or treated for safe indoor use. In all,
these materials represent the Green concept for energy conservation
and reviving recycled products.
Humans with Environments: Energetically, no two humans are
alike to reactions with the same environment. Yet we all strive for
individual harmony of "Chi." In creating favourable environments
to align with our bio/physical, a simple solution is attained. This
technique is called applied Energy Kinesiology. Colors, textures, geometry
and other physical/chemical influences have direct impacts to each individual.
Pre diagnostics effectively maps appropriate sculptures and materials
within architectural design, including incompatible chemical toxins.
A procedure involving muscle testing can be quickly and easily accomplished.
This simple procedure works through immediate feedback within mechanism
of the nervous system and skeletal muscles. Examination is done without
equipment or medical visits rather completed on site quickly using straight-arm
resist test. By testing colors, textures, shapes, material substances,
and even sleeping directional orientations, one can ascertain the most
effective design methods prior to construction. The rewards is finding
health, vitality with well-being for our home or work place, see Architect/Client
John Salat at firstname.lastname@example.org
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