Off the Loom: Wabi Sabi by Perennials and Sutherland

For Perennials and Sutherland, co-branded collections feel like your birthday fell on the weekend. Everyone is happy and ready to celebrate. For Spring 2024, Perennials and Sutherland debuted Wabi Sabi. A nod to the Japanese aesthetic that celebrates beauty found in imperfection, Wabi Sabi features textures, patterns and shapes with worn authenticity, introducing four new fabric qualities and two new rug designs. On the furniture side, Sutherland Creative Director Eugeni Quitllet designed Wabi Sabi as a vehicle to play with shapes created by light and shadow. An architectural collection, Wabi Sabi features both teak and aluminum pieces that make a statement in a soulful way. We reached out to Perennials Design Director Amy Williams and Sutherland Creative Director Eugeni Quitllet to give us the run down on this stunning collection.

What was your inspiration for the collection?

Amy Williams: Our collection pays homage to the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, the meaning is to embrace the beauty found in life’s imperfections. We were inspired by the simplicity and elegance of Japanese natural elements and their time-honored craftsmanship.

Eugeni Quitllet: For me, Wabi Sabi goes beyond the word, and what inspires me is the invisible – what is in between the matter and the void… a contrast of solid and airy. That thin line of light that runs through catches your attention, and clients may stay in a calm atmosphere with the elements of outdoor living. We bring the outdoor experience to the most sophisticated level.

Which piece are you most excited about?

Amy Williams: I can’t pick just one!

Kikko presents a multi-color small-scale pattern featuring hexagonal shapes, which serve as a renowned Japanese symbol of good fortune.

Arigato drawing inspiration from the traditional Japanese stitching method sashiko, is a fresh jacquard quality that strikingly resembles hand-stitched embroidery.

Sake Stripe retains a tonal and inviting appearance, accentuated by its washed multi-colored chenille stripes.

Eugeni Quitllet: Each piece is unique and has its own personal solution and function. They are all new inventions with minimalistic geometry, and each one challenges itself in a unique way. I will choose the Wabi Sabi Lounge Chair with the Ottoman that can be combined in many ways – like a side table or an ottoman, and make a chaise or put the two together and make a coffee table. It’s a very playful collection that challenges your creativity!

What do you think designers will take away from this collection?

Amy Williams: This collection presents an assortment of new hues, fresh designs, and a variety of pattern sizes, serving as inspiration for designers and accommodating a wide range of creative preferences. The best part of the collection is that the pieces can layer together while maintaining their individual uniqueness.

Eugeni Quitllet: Well, it’s a very architectural collection, so you can create very new spaces, and also let the fabric express its beauty easily. Bringing a lot of air around the pieces so there is room to move around and add other designs. To me, it gives a strong signature to any project and possibilities to play with.

Shop Wabi Sabi
Morning glory
Paper Crane
Tatami Flatwoven
Blue lagoon