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Taking inspiration from Japanese architects

Taking inspiration from Japanese architects

Do you want to get back to basics and leave the superfluous behind? This article is for you. For thousands of years, the Japanese architects have their own way of interpreting the home and the functions it offers. They are masters in the art of creating a healthy interior, and where what we might call aabsense, is actually a strength. Let's take a look at the guidelines of Japanese interiors, to give us a dose of humility in our vision of modernity.



Japanese Architects : 

a model of inspiration down to the last detail





Because the lines are the key words to describe and understand the way these interiors are designed. In fact, they are organised according toa perfect geometry and quasi-intuitive, the different areas differ from each other almost inherently very simply.

And secondly, it is clear that Japanese architects are not the type to build walls, to separate elements that naturally have to come together. Thus we find a general organisation articulated arounda very large main room. Sometimes the whole house is just one room with the necessary elements for the privacy of its inhabitants when the time comes.


inspiration Japanese architects lines

inspiration Japanese architects lines


In addition, in Japan, several generations are living under the same roof. Everything is therefore organised so that everyone can find the perfect place to according to its age and its activitiesThey have to find a way to stay together, to see each other. This is a far cry from the cohabitation that implies their separate waysJapanese interiors achieve the feat of offering the perfect balance between communal living spaces and privacy.


inspiration Japanese architects common space


inspiration Japanese architects common space





The world's current population of 7.2 billion is expected to increase by almost a billion people over the next twelve years, according to the UN. In Asia, but also everywhere else, the living space currently available to every city dweller will become smaller. It is therefore urgent to learn to optimise our spaces for the benefit of everyone and everything at the same time, in an intelligent and rational way. For example, vertical farming techniques are already being tested in the Netherlands and the USA.

So what about our interiors? we have much to learn from Japanese architects where the efficiency and functionality of a space is almost a performance. Each element can boast one or two functions, storage spaces are imagined and integrated at every opportunity, from floor to ceiling, while remaining minimalist.


inspiration Japanese architects functionality

inspiration Japanese architects functionality


The strength and at the same time the difficulty in reproducing this style of habitat is the total purity. It is, as mentioned above, the near absence of furniture and so-called "decoration". Of course, we are free to organise things as we see fit, why not this style with our current furniture ? But do not lose it of its luster, would it not ignore his ingenuity ?





Of course, as far as the colourful atmosphere is concerned, as I like to say, here it is due to REALLY materials. As you have already seen from the previous photographs, the solid balance of the Japanese style is the rule of two. At bi-material, bi-color. To the duality between the lightness of solid colours of white and the strong presence of wood. You can almost feel the presence of the material and its weight in the space, even in the photos. Something that one would perhaps not dare to do. And yet, therein lies the beauty.


inspiration japanese architects colours materials


Transparency also has a part to play. In a never-ending game "To see and be seen". From a social point of view, As I was saying, it's about living together without everyone being isolated. From an architectural point of view, the spaces are small but very well laid out, so we try to let in as much light as possible.


inspiration Japanese architects transparency


Natural light Natural light is present everywhere, it plays with the materials, insinuates itself into the interstices of these as if it were not planned. As if we were surprised to discover that a room had become luminous. It becomes graphic, as if compensating for the non-ornament of the habitat, it "furnishes" the space by its appearances.


inspiration Japanese architects light


It is also the ideal subject to draw inspiration from wood details, whether minimalist, geometric or poeticThere is something for everyone. Perhaps they are just the solution, for us Westerners who need to go into detail? 


inspiration Japanese architects details





In terms of furniture, here is a small selection of quality products made in Japan. I named the brands MEETEE and KARIMOKUwhich offers products designed by Japanese designers/architects but also by international design greats such as Claesson Koivisto Rune ( Meetee ) and Sylvain Willenz ( Karimoku ).

Also take a look at MARUNIwhere fans of Jasper Morrisson and SANAA will certainly find something to their liking.


inspiration Japanese architects furniture ideas




2 – chair "Five"Design Claesson Koivisto Rune,

3 – chair lounge "NadiaDesign Jin Kuramoto,

4 – Dining Table "Nadiadesign, Jin Kuramoto,

8 – Storage system "Mollymade of wood and felt.



1 –  Side tables "Colour Wood PlainDesign Scholten & Baijings

6 – Stools "Beaver PlusDesign Big-Game,

7 – Coat rack "NookDesign Teruhiro Yanagihara.



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Sources: Architonic, ArchDaily, Kinaro, Sou Fujimoto.


Originally posted 2016-09-29 09:09:42.

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Chloé founded Huskdesignblog in 2016. Ever since, she is decoding every nook and cranny to find the best interiors and furniture ideas for her beloved readers and followers, eager for beautiful things.

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