Curious perspective of Japandi: the many faces of Japanese-Scandinavian crossover

”Japandi” marries Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics, “surprisingly” similar two cultures that are far apart. But in reality, it’s a natural crossover and Japanese have had natural affinity toward Scandinavian culture for quite some time. Find curious blends of the two in literature, music, movie and fashion.

Simple or empty? Japanese minimalist design according to Kenya Hara

Simple or minimalist design is often linked with Japanese Zen-influenced design, but how are they different? Conceptually, simple design must be an attempt to re-adjust the relationship between functionalities and additional design elements. More design frills make products fancier and luxurious to lure consumers, but too many of them can become noise.

MUJI x UR: MUJI beautifully fixes-up old-fashioned urban apartments

MUJI has been working with the Japanese UR (Urban Renaissance Agency) to re-define and re-invigorate danchi, old-style condo complex that house thousands of residents at one location.

Kare-sansui (Japanese Zen rock garden): ultimate beauty of absence

MUJI House: 15 years, 4 models to 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) to provide a simple, universal, compact yet highly editable platform that is meant to last for decades. It added its forth product 陽の家 (Yō no Ie, Sun House) in 2019, marking its 15th year. Find more about MUJI house.

Kenya Hara, Japanese “emptiness” aesthetics guru, on decluttering

Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara is known for his “emptiness” design philosophy as you can see in MUJI products. He says we shouldn’t own too much because it will ruin the beauty of our living environment. Find his take on decluttering to live a truly rich live.

SIWA: Naoto Fukasawa re-imagines washi, traditional Japanese paper

Japanese washi paper maker Onao collaborated with renowned product designer Naoto Fukasawa, who liked the way washi got wrinkles when it was shrieked. He designed many items using “naoron” under the brand name “SIWA” – a term coined by flipping “shi” and “wa” of “washi,” but it also means wrinkles.

TAKEO Paper Show: SUBTLE

TAKEO Paper Show “SUBTLE” was originally held in 2014 in Japan as part of the exhibition series that has been presented by the Japanese paper company, TAKEO, since 1966. It was brought to the newly opened “Japan House” in the heart of Hollywood, Los Angeles, to quietly but powerfully showcase the potential of “subtlety.