The Wabi Sabi Shop’s Logo

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I’ve wanted to write a blog for several years now. Yet I haven’t known quite where to start… Do I only write about wabi sabi things?  Can I indulge myself and write about what’s on my mind?  I’ve got lots of stories to tell, but would that be of interest to other people? We’ll just see where this takes me.

I’ll start by introducing you to the logo you see. My dearest friend, Erik Olson, who you will meet at the shop someday, is the designer of the logo. With his professional experience in the graphic design business and his earnest awareness of what I wanted to convey, I knew he would create the perfect logo. And he did!

First, you may notice the yin/yang symbol, the left half being gold and the right half green. This symbolizes the harmony of the physical and the divine. “What? Don’t you just sell furniture?” Well, yes, but… To a lot of people their furniture represents more than a chair or a table. It’s also the memories of all the Christmas dinners celebrated around that table. Or it was their first “real” table they could afford. There may be a rich history behind a piece of furniture. And that is part of the significance of wabi sabi.

The next symbol you might recognize is the simple stick figure house centered in the circle. To me, one’s home should be a safe haven where you can surround yourself with belongings that express who you are, and suit how you want to live.

If you look, you’ll also see a “W” and an “S”. But you’ll notice that the “W” isn’t quite perfect. It’s missing one diagonal line. And that’s on purpose. In the wabi sabi philosophy, there is a certain beauty in imperfection. With age, this type of beauty begins to appear. Just as we age and develop more “character” in our faces, so does everything. So if you’re looking at something in my shop, and notice it’s not “right-off-the-manufacturing-line-perfect” that’s to be expected – nothing in here is brand new!

And finally, notice the colors: green and gold: Not the light, fresh, new pastel colors of Spring, or the brilliant colors of Summer. But the mature yet subdued hues of Fall, when foliage reaches its peak and radiance of color. Maybe now that you know the thought that went in the logo, you’ll understand a little more about the depth of meaning in wabi sabi.