Derived over time from the 15th century tea ceremony in Japan, Wabi-Sabi says that as things age they become more beautiful. Wabi-Sabi is organic and eschews any decoration that is not integral to structure.

Excerpts from Leonard Koren’s book “Wabi-Sabi, for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers,” provide a meaningful (and convenient) design philosophy and support for John Hix’s work on Vieques Island and internationally. Koren explains it plainly by contrasting Wabi-Sabi with the modern movement.


Ostensibly crude
Ostensibly slick
Bowl as metaphor
Box as metaphor
One-of-a kind
Mass produced-modular
Natural materials
Manmade materials
To everything there is a season
Living for the present
Living for the future
Generally dark and dim
Generally light and bright
People adapting to nature
People adapting to machines
Earthy, imperfect, variegated
Polished, smooth, seamless
Fundamental uncontrollability of nature
Control of nature
Personal idiosyncratic solutions
Universal prototypical solutions
Accommodates degradation and attrition
Needs to be well maintained
Corrosion makes its expression richer
Purity makes its expression richer
Comfortable with ambiguity & contradiction
Intolerant of ambiguity & contradiction

tour the BUILDINGS

  • Redonda at Hix Island House, Vieques PR REDONDA

    four spacious lofts, closest building to the pool
  • Triangular at Hix Island House, Vieques PR TRIANGULAR

    the original building on the Hix Island House property
  • Rectangular at Hix Island House, Vieques Island PR RECTANGULAR

    some of the best Caribbean ocean views
  • Casita at Hix Island House, Vieques Island PR CASITA

    located at the top of the property, next to La Casona
  • La Casona at Hix Island House, Vieques Island PRLA CASONA

    top of the property, ideal for special occasions
  • Casa Solaris Off-grid Guesthouse, Vieques Island PRCASA SOLARIS

    the first off-grid guesthouse in the Caribbean