When we consider objects that hold special sentimental value in our lives, what is it they have in common? Most of our cherished items aren’t new, shiny or in pristine condition. Rather, their value comes from the experiences, people or places they represent. When something becomes worn, loved and well-used, its importance inherently increases.
The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi has many interpretations but is grounded in an appreciation of imperfection. “Wabi” originally translated to reference the loneliness found in nature but evolved to mean a recognition of the beauty seen in simplicity. The word “sabi” refers to finding beauty in old age and the serenity that comes with time. The aesthetic is most apparent in mismatched combinations of old and new and an acceptance of flaws. An aging object can take one of two paths. It can, as the overused cliché suggests – age like wine, becoming better with time, deepening in value and flavor. Or it can wither, break down and become completely useless.
Enduring quality is a core tenet of Snow Peak design, and few products exemplify it more clearly than the Takibi Fire & Grill. Fresh from the package, the grill and fireplace glimmer with a reflective shine. With each use the metal develops a deepening patina, often with beautiful color variation. There’s a special aurora to a well-used Takibi Fire & Grill, especially when you consider the memories and experiences represented in each mark. Time by the fire is the hallmark of outdoor gatherings and has a special way of reconnecting us to nature and one another. No two fireplaces look the same over time, but their performance and functionality remain unchanged. At Snow Peak, we think of our products as outdoor heirlooms. Each one is made to withstand a lifetime of use – and can then be passed on to the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, continuing a tradition of valuing restorative experiences in nature.