Interested in Japanese minimalism, tea room architecture or kawaii culture? Our team of designers guide you through Japan’s unique architecture and design and how it affects Japan’s life and scenery today.
Between hygge and the “KonMari method,” Nordic and Japanese lifestyle concepts have taken root abroad and given people cause to consider switching up their surroundings for the better. To many, Japanese design and Scandinavian design are East-West counterparts of each other. Japanese and Scandinavian minimalist design and lifestyle concepts have become trendy sources of inspiration in Europe and the anglosphere. A blanket approach, however, to the clean lines and spare elegance of both dismisses subtle differences and contrasts in cultural influences.
Tea house architecture draws on the ideals of the tea ceremony, an important example is wabi sabi, a central concept to the Japanese minimalist aesthetic. Wabi sabi dwells in beauty of imperfection, an appreciation for our place in the natural cycle of decay and renewal, and a preference for subtle implication over grand display.