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The Art Of Wabi Sabi in New York

September 3rd, 2014


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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be,” Lao-Tzu.

 

Wabi Sabi ~a Japanese aesthetic of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.~

The TriBeCa Penthouse at The Greenwich Hotel was created by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt and Japanese architect Tatsuro Miki, in close collaboration with the hotel’s partners Ira Drukier and Robert De Niro. The 6,800 sq ft suite was inspired by the TriBeCa neighborhood’s industrial past fused with the ancient Japanese aesthetic of Wabi.

 

It all started with one image, at first glance I was not enamored of this project, I saw it as dark and bleak and monastery like, why would I ever want to stay in such a place, yet still it intrigued me.  So I researched for more images, my eyes looking at the parts I did like, the design of the furniture, the incredible roof gardens and  the people involved. The actual fact that this Penthouse sits on top of the Greenwich Hotel in middle of Tribeca in New York City but somehow you could be in the mountains of Japan once you were inside. I slowly started to really connect to the whole idea of Wabi Sabi and the great collaboration of all these men together that made a little alternate universe, this was a love project for them and  now my first projection of this  has altered completely.

I am now enamored of Wabi Sabi .

“The beauty of imperfection, what others throw away we have to make jewels.” Axel Vevoordt.

 

Click on the Greenwich hotel link for the site on the Penthouse , it has a lot of details on this project including videos.

 

Credits & Links

Photos Francois Halard and David Prince

thegreenwichhotel.com

www.vanityfair.com

tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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