Japandi design; the perfect marriage of comfort and functionality in a home
Although Japan and Scandinavia may be more than 8000 km apart, design aspects of these two cultures have moulded together to create the idyllic design trend of Japandi. Japandi is a hybrid trend, marrying the timeless elegance of Japanese style with the modern flair of Scandinavian design.
What makes this design trend the perfect pairing is the shared values and key concepts between the two:
- Both Japan and Scandinavia have a deep appreciation for structures and objects made with purpose, care and made to last. Often these will be hand-made with deep respect and passion for craftsmanship.
- Both cultures have a deep respect for nature and acknowledge the importance of nature’s presence in our lives and how this affects our mental well-being. This includes both the natural world that surrounds us as well as the incorporation of raw materials.
- Both cultures value simplicity and functionality over unnecessary and flashy objects. A lot of intention and thought goes into each area to reflect how they want their inhabitants to feel in that space.
- Both Scandanavia and Japan cultures value and exercise minimalism; each item and space in a Japandi home holds a purpose.
While it’s easy to see how these two cultures make the perfect pairing for meaningful design, it is also worth noting how their differences genuinely complement each other.
Japanese spaces can be sleek, sometimes overly sleek. Nordic design’s rustic and earthy details add variance and texture to a room that is not too overwhelming to distract and entirely change the feel of the space. Similarly, Scandinavian designs tend to be very neutral in colour tone, but the merge of the Japanese colour-rich spaces gives the room warmth.
If you’re a Yogi, you have likely heard of the Scandinavian notion of ‘Hygee’ and the Japanese term ‘wabi-sabi’. These two concepts; the homely feeling of cosiness and the appreciation of finding beauty in imperfection are the perfect marriage to form a happy space that is stress-free and conducive to relaxing.
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