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Japanese Design : A lookbook

Unpretentious simplicity grounded in Zen philosophy.

This way of life has long been a significant part of Japanese culture and has influenced their design principles.


is the core of Japanese design.

It is about the selection of material tones and textures even furniture and decor that work cohesively as a whole to achieve aesthetic harmony.


Japanese design is able to emanate a perceived sense of richness within simplicity through its foundational concept of Wabi-sabi.

Wabi-sabi is a union of two separate concepts:

Wabi + Sabi = Wabi-sabi

The beauty in simplicity and imperfection

The patina of age

An appreciation for the effects of time and imperfections.

Recognizing beauty through use, age and the layers of history.

In harmony with the flow of life, Wabi-sabi celebrates the passage of time.






Beauty in the understated & imperfect





Connection to nature

breaking down the threshold between inside and out through sliding doors and break out spaces such as verandas called Engawa.


Comfort in Zen simplicity

basic aesthetic sense of less is more. elimination of clutter - gaining design clarity through the exclusion of non-essentials.

The Unfolding Home by ACOS


Warm, neutral base tones

off-white, beige, cream


Rich, earthy accent colours.

brown, terracotta, green, charcoal

Aman Kyoto


Natural material palette

wood, stone

Kameari House by Tamai Atelier


Appreciation for imperfections

balanced asymmetry


Emphasis on spatial flow and natural light

House in Inari by Taichi Nishishita Architect & Associate


Clean lines and minimal styling

Purposeful decor and understated beauty

Shire Space Research Office by Shire Space Research


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