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
Natural material palette
Kameari House by Tamai Atelier
Appreciation for imperfections
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