Wabi-Sabi | Sharmishta Roy for ManyManyThings

 

Attention!!!  We are flagging off collaborations with some of the master’s from the reel and the real world where they share observations, experiences and learnings from encounters old, new and trendy. We are super excited to introduce our very first chapter by Production Designer Sharmishta Roy (she promises to write many many more!)

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Chapter 1 | Wabi Sabi 

I first heard the term ‘Wabi Sabi’ not so long ago, when I attended Interior Design classes in the US.

I was intrigued! My work as a Production Designer for mainstream Bollywood films had largely revolved around creating pristine, glamorous and luxurious environment inspired by western lifestyles. Now, sitting in a classroom in California, I was being educated about an ideology prevalent amongst people on the other side of the globe. The Japanese word ‘Wabi Sabi’ implying – ‘Beauty found in simplicity’, ‘imperfections’ and ‘being true’.

Wabi Sabi is not a decorating style…it is a philosophy. It aligns with the Western philosophy of ‘Less is More’.

It advocates doing away with the superfluous, being austere. In addition, it is about being aesthetically sound and having a deep appreciation for the conditioning brought about by the passage of time.

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Just a bunch of words you say! Let me help you understand Wabi Sabi better.

Maybe you own a handmade earthen vase, plate or mug. You will notice its undulating edges, uneven coloring, flecks etc. All part of the Wabi Sabi of that piece!

I have inherited from my father a beautiful, much-used wooden table of English ancestry. I intend to use it as a desk, just as my father did! The various blemishes on its surface induce a sense of warmth and nostalgia. In turn, I hope to leave my imprint on it! Also, when paired with other furniture along modern lines, it will create an interesting contrast. More Wabi Sabi!

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On the right, the inherited wooden table. And to the left an image showing various earthen vases decorated on a table, sourced from enversdudecor.tumblr.com

So, does Wabi Sabi advocate filling up our homes with faded, chipped, rusted miscellaneous objects? Negative! It simply means you cherish the imprints of the past and want it to accent the present.

And does it mean that an unkempt house can pass off as Wabi Sabi aesthetic? On the contrary! An important part of this aesthetic is the respect for tidiness and hygiene.

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Mood Board Appreciation

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Villa Branco | Architecture & Interior Design by Momo-Studios influenced by Wabi Sabi

The Wabi Sabi aesthetic can be infused into any decor – use it when employing the austere, industrial lines of Modern or Minimalistic styles.

Or then express your appreciation for the “truth in materials” a la Arts and Crafts style.

Or yet again, let it guide you in the selection of organic materials and textures typical of Rustic style interiors.

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Villa Branco | A luxurious villa – modestly decorated, located in Anjuna, Goa.

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The villa is designed on the principles of wabi-sabi with the use of natural materials and finishes and locally made paints and polishes.

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Since Wabi Sabi is the appreciation of all things natural, an earthy palette is in keeping with this aesthetic – warm browns, creams, whites, ochers, and greens. Patinas, crackles, and yellowed pictures strengthen the sense of rootedness. On an ecological note, Wabi Sabi works at creating sustainable interiors by reusing the old and the loved.

Go Wabi Sabi!

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Pictures showing the wabi-sabi textures beautifully.

 

#DID YOU KNOW Wabi-sabi enthusiasts (called “wabibitos”) are described as being “a person who could make something complete out of eight parts when most of us would use ten.”

The Images for this post are contributed by Studio Momo.
Which is a wabi-sabi inspired Architectural and Interior Design firm based out of Goa.
Their conscientious designs are a result of a shared passion for creating eco-friendly interior-architectural finishes through an environmentally sensitive practice.

Which we think is so admirable!! Do take a look at their other wonderful projects here

 

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Working in a Nutshell | | Edit #2 | Many Many Things for ExpostFacto | Style Files

Its been a bit busy and then it was April!!! I don’t think I saw January this time or February or for that matter even March! – we definitely landed straight to April. #nokidding. (is it global warming??) ……………. And then May is the birthday month, I had to had to had to go for a vacation that I promised myself years ago. So well….. its just been a bit delayed….(hiding my face now) 

Excuses No More! (socks all pulled up and me….armoured! )

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Space – 590 Sq feet – Working in a Nutshell | Edit #2

|manymanythings for ExpostFacto| 2015, the year when we were on an experimental mode and Piyush Raghani (Director and Founder of the production house ‘Like Minded People‘- from our first collaboration)  wanted another space – not another office but an Edit Studio for colour grading and offline editing of films and other broadcasted media. A studio space – “yeahhhh!” was our first reaction, but  with all its thrill came many challenges and technicalities. Of the many, one confrontation was to be with the acoustics of the place, to cut down sound travel from one room to the other and doing so without bulky construction. The other, how-do-you-do was keeping the already small space dark and killing any external source of light for the very purpose of a studio room is to disengage. Now, we love windows and all sunlight but sometimes you-have-to-do-what-you-have-to-do and so we were to turn everything to our advantage rather brood about it! 

#Didyouknow there are soundproofing wallpapers available now in India and blackout textiles can turn any room into a personal theatre? (Scroll away….)

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Working in a Nutshell | Edit #1 | Many Many Things for Like Minded People | Style Files

Commercial spaces are always at a premium and meetings in cafes/ bars dig steep – we are in the growing times of limited spaces and work expansions –  but is this some new phenomenon? Nope! We just gotta learn to live with all of this uncompromisingly and in vogue 😉

Space – 550 Sq feet – Working in a Nutshell | Edit #1

| manymanythings for Like Minded People | is our first ever collaboration – Yeah! – Interiors for a broadcasting and media production house who rightly calls itself Like Minded People and we would have not taken this project up or pulled it off if not for the director / founder / main mad like minded man Piyush Raghani. Thankyou! We totally love you! 😛

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More than just clay- MITTY |Source|

“My inclination is more towards teaching people and its more about my hobby and interest rather than the sale.”

For any history student – like me, the first connection you will probably make when you come across shelves of unglazed earthenware and hand sculpted art pieces are the chapters on the Indus Valley and Harappan civilisations! and then start to think about how ancient the traditional craft of pottery is… what its roots are? how has it evolved over the years? why we don’t come across enough people who practice/teach it?….and how it is the most underrated art form!!

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#DidYouKnow taking up pottery has numerous benefits? Other than being a wonderful creative outlet there are dozens of physical and mental advantages from expressing oneself by creating something that requires full concentration and focus on the activity itself. It helps with the sensory development and motor skills for the young and is beneficial to those prone to arthritis in the hands as it promotes joint movement and dexterity. Pottery also works as a super de-stress agent and is often described as being therapeutic and relaxing…….

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BLOCK AND PRINT – not just a clothing dye. |Inspiration|

I have always thought the beauty of block printing lies in its tedious process - the detailed designing of the patterns, carving of the blocks, layering of colors and of course the history of its artisans!

Even though block printing is a widely known art of printing on fabrics and textiles not many are aware of its extensive use on wallpapers and leather products. In-fact block printing was the standard method of producing wallpaper until the early 20th century and is still used by a few traditionalist firms.

I happened to stumble upon an enlightening video on the Victoria and Albert Museum website that inspired me to write this post and share my two bits.
The V&A video shows the woodblock printing process William Morris went through to create some of his timeless wallpaper designs; for this pattern he used 30 different blocks, 15 colors and took about 4 weeks to complete the entire printing process!!!
(Sharing a few screenshots for a quick scroll but I encourage you all to watch the full video – linked above.)

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