Perfect Imperfection Japanese Garden Installation
Perfect Imperfection

When tableware doesn’t look an inch out of place in an idyllic Japanese garden setting, you know it must be something pretty special. You might already familiar with one of our favourite curated ranges, Roos Van De Velde’s Perfect Imperfection created by SERAX, from reading our previous introductory blog but what you may not know is that outside the dining room, this collection has a whole other life.

In 2018, Perfect Imperfection has been brought to life as a solo installation in the Japanese Gardens of Hasselt. Surrounded by the transitory beauty and elegance of falling blossoms during the tradition of Hanami in spring, enveloped in the entrancing sights and scents of roses in full bloom during summer and now, as we head back into autumn, entangled with the remarkable shapes and history of the ancient temple trees, Ginkgo Balboa. The organic forms of Van De Velde’s designs are her ode to nature, so clearly inspired by the natural world and at home among the entrancing gardens and the way in which she embodies each season through her thoughtful presentation is enough to leave anyone spellbound.

The Perfect Imperfection collection is one with strong personality – not in the bolshie sense of loud, bold design but rather, in that quiet yet commanding way only something intrinsically real emanates. It is this which leads such delicate pieces to truly hold their own in a staggeringly lovely setting, not upstaged by the breath-taking array of orchestral blooms and trees nor redirecting focus. Simply being.

If you’re lucky enough to make it to Hasselt between the 4th September – 31st October 2018, you’ll find the Perfect Imperfection range flowing seamlessly into the representation of ‘living fossils’, something which the Ginkgo Balboa tree has been named as a nod to it’s life on Earth spanning millions of years. The wondrous shapes of this strong and sacred tree can’t help but stand proud as the main focus in the garden, but just as the other supporting elements – the moss, the rock formations, the flowing waterlines – the inclusion of Perfect Imperfection completes the scene in a way which could never have been imagined.

Impermanence plays a powerful and, ironically, steadfast role in Japanese culture, with attentions been drawn to this particularly during Hanami – the cherry blossom viewing – and Momojigari – autumn leaf viewing. Roos Van De Velde’s work pays homage to these falling flowers and leaves, reflecting through free-forming artistic detail the sheer power of imperfection and how the grace of this can be found in so many areas of life.

The Western world has an unhealthy habit of being somewhat obsessed with perfection – a constant need for more, for better, for control and for routine. In Japan, however, there is an innate appreciation for the imperfect, the impermanent and the gently worn signs of an object well-loved or handmade. Van De Velde’s Perfect Imperfection invites us all to let go of our rigid ways and instead, welcome authenticity and the irregularity of nature and of humanity. Through this unmissable installation, it is clear to see that the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi lies deep in the heart of Van De Velde’s art and one would hope, that by bringing the perfect imperfection range into your dining room you may well be bringing some of that joy in acceptance of the simple, natural things into your world.