Japanese open design

Mistakes aren’t all bad.
Don’t be afraid to make them –
just don’t ignore them!

We celebrate National Day in Japan today as the Japan celebrates failure as a part of its national tradition. I’ve already written about the beauty of imperfection rendered in the art of wabi-sabi. But the Japanese are happy to fill their surrounds with imperfection and its cousin, incompleteness. Japanese Essays in Idleness 14th Century describes the tradition of incomplete rooms:

  • In everything…uniformity is undesirable. Leaving something incomplete makes it interesting, and gives one the feeling that there is room for growth…Even when building the imperial palace, they always leave one place unfinished.”

Japanese architect Yamazaki Kentaro takes this incomplete interior to the next level in his “House in Kashiwa”, also known as the Unfinished House (see photo above):

  • “(It) provides a flexible residence for a growing family. Japanese architect Yamazaki Kentaro wanted the building to feature several multi-purpose spaces to accommodate the occupants’ ‘future possibilities’.”

Incomplete creations leave plenty of room for the mind to