Articles related to Japanese minimalist design

“Less is more” is at the core of Japanese aesthetics, which stems from how Japanese traditionally interacted with nature.  From Zen-inspired arts to MUJI and architecture, find unique Japanese minimalist design.

Sori Yanagi’s butterfly stool and the evolution of plywood designer chairs

Sori Yanagi's iconic Butterfly chair and the evolution of designer chairs using plywood ...
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What is wabi-sabi in Japandi?: a practical guide for confused design lovers

Are you Googling “wabi-sabi” because you are interested in Japandi – the Japanese/Scandinavian design aesthetic hybrid? Are you confused because ...
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What is kirei-sabi?

What is kirei-sabi? Wabi-sabi is a traditional Japanese aesthetic philosophy that dates back in 15th century. It is very unique ...
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What is wabi-sabi in Japandi?: a practical guide for confused design lovers

Are you Googling “wabi-sabi” because you are interested in Japandi – the Japanese/Scandinavian design aesthetic hybrid? Are you confused because ...
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Curious perspective of Japandi: the many faces of Japanese-Scandinavian crossover

Curious perspective of Japandi: the many faces of Japanese-Scandinavian crossover ”Japandi” is an emerging design trend that blends simple, linear, ...
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Shikkui and diatomaceous earth: Natural alternatives to zero or low-VOC paint

Shikkui (Japanese plaster) and Diatomaceous earth: Natural alternatives to zero or low-VOC paint Human bodies are very slow to evolve ...
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Simple or empty? Japanese minimalist design according to Kenya Hara

Simple or empty? Japanese minimalist design according to Kenya Hara Simple or minimalist design is often linked with Japanese Zen-influenced ...
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MUJI House: 15 years, 4 models that help owners design their own unique life style

MUJI entered the home building business in 2004 (only in Japan) with the model 木の家 (Ki no Ie, Wood House) ...
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The beauty of decluttering according to Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru

As the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has been attracting millions of viewers, it seems like the society ...
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SIWA: Naoto Fukasawa re-imagines washi, traditional Japanese paper

As you may know, “washi tape” is now a popular craft item used to decorate small to large things without ...
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The beauty of decluttering according to Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru

As the Netflix show “Tidyng Up with Marie Kondo” has been attracting millions of viewers, it seems like the society ...
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The Japan House Los Angeles

The Japan House Los Angeles opened in December 2017 at the popular Hollywood & Highland Center, a shopping and entertainment ...
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TAKEO Paper Show: SUBTLE

TAKEO Paper Show “SUBTLE” was originally held in 2014 in Japan as part of the exhibition series that has been ...
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Takeo Paper Show: Kenya Hara – Packaging for Pierre Herme’s “Ispahan”

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who often uses paper as an architectural material, describes the beauty of paper as “frozen liquidity.” ...
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Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi: 60th Anniversary Exhibition

The iconic Butterfly Stool designed by Sori Yanagi (1915 – 2011), which is part of the permanent collections of both ...
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Tadao Ando: A wild beast that refuses to be tamed

Top image: The Koshino residence designed by Tadao Ando in 1981. photo by Kazunori Fujimoto via CC BY-ND 2.0 Tadao ...
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Church of the Light by Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando's "Endeavor" (Sep 27 -Dec 18, 2017), is a large-scale, special exhibit celebrating the 10th anniversary of The National ...
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Chapter 3-6: MUJI Hut

Image above: MUJI Hut  courtesy of Ryohin Keikaku MUJI’s consciousness of smallness has kept evolving, and came to embrace even ...
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Chapter 1: Power of Zero

We live in a commercialized world where “more” is highly rated.  Consumers seek to maximize their satisfaction by acquiring more ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 4: House is a work of art

“A House is a work of art.” It is a famous declaration made by a maverick and legendary Japanese architect ...
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The Japanese House Chapter 5: From closed to open

In Chapter 4: "A House is a work of art," the exhibit "The Japanese House" reviewed Japan in the 60's ...
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“Simplify!” Steve Jobs’ relentless quest for Zen design

It is well known that Steve Jobs practiced Zen. It influenced his design philosophy and is reflected in Apple's minimalist, ...
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MUJI Passive house

We use energy in the home to keep the indoor temperature comfortable: not too hot, not too cold, even if ...
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Tofukuji kare-sansui by Mirei Shigemori

Mirei Shigemori (重森三玲) was born in 1896 in Okayama, Japan. After studying and practicing ikebana (the traditional Japanese art of ...
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MUJI “Wood House” model home in Kanagawa, Japan

The “Tiny house” is going mainstream.  That was one of the main themes at Dwell on Design 2017, held in ...
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