Scandi style is turn­ing Ja­panese

The lat­est de­sign move­ment mar­ries two cul­tures with a sur­pris­ingly sim­i­lar aes­thetic, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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It’s one of those con­cepts that makes you won­der why we didn’t all make the con­nec­tion ear­lier. The lat­est trend com­ing our way next year is Ja­pandi, a fu­sion of Scan­di­na­vian and Ja­panese de­sign that is set­ting style watch­ers abuzz with in­ter­est.

De­sign man­ager at Globe West Keti Ly­tras says the term started to gain mo­men­tum af­ter this year’s in­ter­na­tional fur­ni­ture fair.

“I be­gan hear­ing the term Ja­pandi be­ing used shortly af­ter the Mi­lan fair this year,” she says. “We saw Ja­panese el­e­ments be­ing used more and more in fur­ni­ture and home­wares.

“Raku fin­ishes in ce­ram­ics (which pro­duces an im­per­fect pat­tern), cooler un­der­tones, darker woods and hand­crafted pieces where im­per­fec­tions are em­braced.”

Slow burn rn

While we can n ex­pect to see this style evolve­olve more next year, it has been in ev­i­dence for some time.me.

Ja­panese home­own­ers have long un­der­stood nder­stood the at­trac­tion of f Dan­ish fur­ni­ture, rep­re­sent­ing pre­sent­ing the big­gest market for Dan­ish fur­ni­ture iture out­side Den­mark. mark.

The cross s pol­li­na­tion is s ev­i­dent in work ork by renowned Ja­panese apanese ar­chi­tect Tadao dao Ando, who de­signeded the Dream chair for Dan­ish nish fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­erer Carl Hansen, in 2013 as a trib­ute to Dan­ish de­signer Hans ns Weg­ner.

Keti says the more you look, the more ore you can see the sim­i­lar­i­ties ies in both style and func­tion be­tween Scandi and Ja­panese de­sign aes­thet­ics and philoso­phies.

“They both em­brace nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, clean lines and “for­ever” pieces that are hand­crafted and have a look of sim­plic­ity to them,” she says. “Both de­sign styles are a nice fit for the Aus­tralian home and life­style.

“What is quite dif­fer­ent is this mix of light and darker tim­bers in this new aes­thetic but I think we are ready to em­brace some darker fin­ishes in our homes whereas lighter tones were more preva­lent pre­vi­ously.”

Mas­cu­line edge

If you love the look but are strug­gling to get a grip on the style, Keti says it has some recog­nis­able char­ac­ter­is­tics. While Scandi style is iden­ti­fied by light woods and pretty pas­tels, Ja­pandi adds a mas­cu­line note to the look with da darker tim­bers and in­digo dyed fab­rics. “It was time for our ob­ses­sion with Sca Scandi to morph into someth some­thing new,” she says. “The Japa Ja­panese el­e­ment of de­sign brings two dif­fer­ent facets — sleek, clean, monochro monochro­matic with a more mas­cul mas­cu­line edge — and the princ prin­ci­ple of Wabi-sabi w which is about find find­ing beauty in im­per im­per­fec­tion.” Whil While the im­per­fec im­per­fec­tions add warmth, the cooler tones and min min­i­mal­ist de­sign sets a ton tone of so­phis­ti­ca­tion. The new Globe West range, in­clud­ing the Mika an and Linea col­lec­tions of­fer Japa Ja­pandi-style so­fas, chairs and stor stor­age units.

The Maruni Hiroshima chair in wal­nut from See­hoSu has much in com­mon with the sleek lines of Dan­ish de­sign­ers such as Hans Weg­ner.

The Wish­bone chair de­signed by Hans Weg­ner has been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion since 1950, from Cult.

The Dream chair (in­set) by Ja­panese ar­chi­tect Tadao Ando, from Cult, is a trib­ute to Hans Weg­ner.

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