JAPANDI: SIMPLICITY AND HARMONY JAPANDI: SIMPLICITY AND HARMONY

Japandi design combines traditional Japanese elegance with rustic Scandinavian modernity.

Japandi design combines traditional Japanese elegance with rustic Scandinavian modernity.

A COMMON PHILOSOPHY


From the icy Norwegian fjords and the beautiful forests of Sweden to the sacred mountains of the land of the rising sun: whether North or East, these two regions of the world offer spectacular scenery. They are also the cradle of two cultures, unique in many ways but connected in others. Both celebrate nature and the beauty of simple things, with a reverence for detail. From this common philosophy emerged an inescapable trend—the Japandi style.

THE MARRIAGE OF TWO CULTURES

Japandi, a contraction of Japanese and Scandi, draws elements from both Hygge and Wabi-sabi. While Scandinavian design has been world-renowned since the 1950s, the Japanese are equally celebrated for their keen sense of elegance and functionality. Japandi is based on one principle: the harmonious blend of two world visions. Between minimalism and poetry, simplicity and strong pieces, it's all a question of balance. The search for the essential and the practical is translated into clean lines and adheres to the "less is more" rule. The result is a zen and soothing interior, refined but comfortable.  

 

AN ODE TO NATURE

 

A love of nature can be seen in the combination of light and dark wood pieces, and fabrics such as linen, cotton, and leather. The Japandi colour palette is organic, varying from neutral and serene shades to deep shades such as forest green and navy blue. Pastel tones, such as seafoam green and powder pink also make an appearance. Japandi interior design favours handmade pieces, such as ceramic vases and artisanal pottery. Pair with elegant, abstract prints to delicately enhance and complete your space.  

 

LIVE IN THE MOMENT


As a species, we have long sought to achieve perfection through imitating nature: an impossible and contradictory task when you consider that beauty also lies in the imperfect. That said, the Japandi style draws on its most uniform beauty to create a structured yet soothing aesthetic. The result: a sober and luminous interior composed of soft contrasts; a space where energy and thoughts flow, and where taking the time to observe, reflect and savour the present moment is encouraged. 

 

 

Text: Roxane Pronier

Translation: Caitlin Hughes

Cover image: "Pendulum", "Casa" and "Balance II

Image 1: "Neven"

Image 2 : "Hygge" and "Wabi-sabi"

Image 3 : "Portofino" and "Dune"

Image 4 : "Close on White"

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