A split here, some discoloration there. On an object, a structure, or piece of furniture these marks create the passage of time— the breath of Wabi. In the East it is a philosophy and way of life that has slowly been visiting the West. Axel Vervoordt, purveyor of objects and interiors wisely once said that wabi is "...a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things." So next time you run your hand along an imperfect floor board try to call to mind "appearance is impermanence."