Scandi style is turning Japanese
The latest design movement marries two cultures with a surprisingly similar aesthetic, writes Robyn Willis
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.”
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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.”
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.