Traditional Japanese Zen Philosophy is inspired from the most natural and organic motifs, being materialized in simplistic calm and perfect equilibrated compositions in both minimalist architecture and minimalist interior design.
Line, form, shape, space, light, shade and textures, these are the key elements, essential elements on which the widely popular design aesthetic is constructed. The absence of nonessential internal walls to open up space and create and allow an organic flow between the interior, exterior and the structure is very important, the paths created and the continuity of space adding great value. This practice is known to reduce all elements down to their essential core whilst retaining only the quality and attribute of matter.
Japanese architecture and interior design alike have many nuances, contemporary Japanese interior design having exterior influences but maintaining the key elements and the core foundation on which is based. Tadao Ando, Japanese architect, translated the Zen Concept trough the use of different materials, texture, geometry and of course nature to materialize poignant relationships between interior and exterior, the natural environment to the site and its own buildings.
Ahead of us we will throw a look on a couple of handpicked interior designs and will try to explain what we find fascinating in this rather fierce minimalist Japanese interior design line.
This is the most atypical example in our selection, reason for which we are starting with it, equilibrium is materialized trough different textures, and the fluidity of space. The natural lighting is as present as it could have been, in the back being replaced with simple lamps. Flower pots are bringing the nature within.
A small space can be sculpted trough Japanese rules as well, here the space seems a little more crowded but the key elements are there, sofas are replaced with puffy pillows, armchairs are floating above the ground resembling motion and fluidity, the color tones are yet again white stark and light wood equilibrated through light and shade, the balustrade is as transparent as possible whilst being relevant to safety, there are no regular doors, the space is rather fluid, despite the small apartment .
Here in a rather small space for a contemporary living room, the essential furnishings control the atmosphere from not getting too crowded by utilizing simple lines to sculpt the space; stark white gives a very airy serene atmosphere while the light wood bounces and reflects natural light and gives depth to the room.
Perfection is found in details, here the table setting presents just that, the perfect equilibrium in everything, from arrangement to color tone, position in the table surface and composition.
Simple space in light wood and stark white, properly illuminated, resembling peace and calm through equilibrium, unnecessary things being eradicated, emphasizing even more the feeling of space. In the back of the living room and to the terrace, sliding doors are melding one to each other, modeling space and not interfering .
Simple serene and airy atmosphere with light wood and stark white, properly ventilated and naturally illuminated, having a great view to the exterior, connecting spaces, a simple green plant en-roots the space. The chair is floating above the floor, allowing energy to move.
Here the simplicity along with vintage materials and an aged patina are the perfect blend. Richness being added to the interior through materials only and their simple shapes, the table, chairs and sofa floating seamlessly above the transparent texture of the floor, the negative energy beneath the furniture allowing energy to move through space;small items present are full of substance nothing being placed randomly.