Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi
When it has come to new and shiny gadgets I’ve always tried to protect them from wear and tear to the point of frustration. I often considered myself as OCD when it comes to new gadgets, but I realised as time passed I stop caring, but why?
I believe the answer to that is quite simple, when something is pristine and new you seek to keep it so and when something is very worn down and used you accept it. So it’s all about acceptance of weathering objects in life, nothing stays pristine and everything fades. I found myself being able to accept wear and tear in objects when they are from the start exactly that, much like a pair of sand washed Diesel jeans.
So recently as I jumped back on the iOS ship I found myself trying to vigorously protect my new gadget from any wear and tear. I want this to change, so I realised as iPhone 4S itself does not age in style as compared to say an old iPhone 2G or iPod due to its aluminium/metal back, as Steve Jobs himself said about the iPod that it will age like a pair of jeans. Apple having changed that design since radically we have to look to the accessories side now when it comes to the latest iPhones.
Browsing the sites for a perfect case that would be both simple, slim and would age well was a hard task but I finally found what I was looking for.
SGP Leather Grip Case (Vintage Edition)
Based on a blog post I found it should age like full grain leather does but at the same time leaving the device in a good condition. http://labeldeficiency.tumblr.com/post/2682338794
I can’t wait to get this case just to see it get wear and tear as I use it. Hopefully it will also make me care less about the wear and tear of my iPhone 4S.
I also archived some good wabi-sabi style items in my Fancy account & will continue to add more in the future: http://www.thefancy.com/mluotio/list/7852007