Kintsugi Style

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese design technique that minimises waste and celebrates imperfection, suiting our need to upcycle and reuse. As a design style, it is also pleasingly delicate, luxurious and beautiful.

According to Lakeside Pottery:

“Kintsugi is said to have originated in the 15th century when a Japanese shogun broke a favourite tea bowl and sent it back to China to be fixed. But the repair job, which was done with metal staples - being the standard for repair at that time – detracted from the beauty of the bowl. Disappointed, the shogun enlisted a Japanese craftsman to come up with a more aesthetically pleasing solution, and kintsugi was born.”

Kintsugi rescues damaged, cracked or smashed, but otherwise loved, items and turns them into something strikingly special. It does this by celebrating the change in their form by filling the cracks with precious metals, such as gold.

Traditionally used for the repair of pottery, the approach has been applied to the creation of new design and décor items, as well as repairing everyday surfaces like wall tiles and concrete slabs. The truly flexible and elegant approach adds a wondrous and organic quality to interiors and allows you to experiment with the concept in your own home with the help of kits available from Etsy and Amazon.

Play to the contrast and irregularity of Kintsugi with the natural timber grain inspired Laminate of ELIGNA WIDE in “Reclaimed Oak Brown” or “Oak Planks w/ Saw Cuts Light.”

Kintsugi Style

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Elinga Wide Laminate in Chestnut Brown

2. Elinga Wide Laminate in Oak Planks with Saw Cuts Light

3. Kintsugi - Ceramic Bowl

4. Concrete & tile cracks filled with liquid gold

5. Humade - New Kintsugi DIY Repair Kit 6. Elinga Wide Laminate in Reclaimed Chestnut Brown