To highlight beauty in imperfection.
In the beginning of 2021, I moved into a new apartment.
As I moved in, I began to gather used furniture. A table here, a chair there; I began to amass a collection of mismatched but usable furniture.
I found a free dresser that I wanted to sand down and repaint. Sanding it proved difficult. The paint slowly came off. It was not going well.
On a run, I had an idea. Instead of concealing the dresser's wear and tear, I could highlight it.
"In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘 寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection"
During quarantine, I learned to practice this philosophy. Even more things than usual were out of my control. Often the best recourse I had was to take a deep breath.
My idea for the dresser?
I would slice it at an angle and create two pieces of furniture.
No, it would not serve its original purpose of holding clothes. Instead, I would celebrate the new piece as a set of bedside tables. The bright orange paint peeking out behind my books is a reminder to practice acceptance.
Everynight before I go to sleep, I fill a glass of water and put on my bedside table. I am fine if the glass makes a watermark, I do not use a coaster.