Key elements you need to know to apply Japanese minimalist, Zen design
Know about the several key elements that makes traditional Japanese Zen-influenced aesthetics unique.
- Less: As we call it “subtraction” on our website, “less is more” is the main tenet that makes Japanese minimalist style unique. But i’s very difficult to decide which ones to subtract. See below for Japanese approach for the aesthetics of subtraction.
- Small: As we call it “condensation,” small things can concentrate the essence incredibly powerfully. Concentrated existences can easily overwhelm empty “big-ness,” adding focal points in your space without taking up room.
- Nothing-ness: In Buddhism, if you keep stripping
off unnecessary elements to find your true self, you eventually become zero. As we call it “absence,” this kind of nothing-ness can be very powerful to stir your imagination and make you stay keenly focused. Traditional Japanese Zen rock garden is a prime example of the aesthetics of absence.
- Ambiguity: Ambiguousness is at the heart of Japanese culture. Although people tend to focus on its negative side in modern society, ambiguity can be beautiful when used to leave potential for each involved element unrestricted. For example, a house with few room dividers can be very flexible and versatile.