Dissertation Work- Experimenting with Wabi

The aim of my dissertation (Materialising Wabi-Sabi: Physical realisation of the essence and values of Wabi in the contemporary design process) was to examine the interface between the philosophical and theoretical concepts of Wabi-Sabi and the practical application of the principles of Wabi design in order to re-engage the designer’s understanding of the user’s connection to a space. Through physical experimentation, I developed a method with which architects could measure the interface of materials and how they might be purposed to deliver a space that has greater metaphysical significance to the user.