The Japandi style, more than a trend, a new way of life
We may well know that Japandi is a contraction of “Japan” and the “di” from Scandi, but what exactly is this interior design trend that the magazines are raving about? To understand this new phenomenon, let’s go back to the basics that led to the success of the two inspiring themes: Scandinavian style based on the Nordic concept of hygge and the unmistakable Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy.
Hygge or the Danish way of life
Valuing everything that provides well-being and comfort; favouring simple everyday pleasures. Translated into interior design, it results in a welcoming, bright and functional Scandinavian style. Restraint is called for. Minimalism too.
Wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept that encourages the perception of beauty in imperfection,
the choice of simplicity and authenticity. Materials are untreated to be close to nature. Imperfection is not a defect, it symbolises simplicity and harmony. Minimalism is the foundation: each piece of furniture fulfils a very specific function, we furnish not to fill an empty space but to meet a real need. In the bedroom, for example, only the elements necessary for sleep are present and it is not uncommon for furniture to be moved to fulfil several functions. Thus, the sataku (low table), long the main piece of furniture in traditional homes, will be used to serve tea or to prepare meals and also offers somewhere to leave the book you’re reading.
So, what is Japandi when all’s said and done?
Quite simply, a smart mix of the two trends. Restraint, clean lines, aesthetics… with all the snugness you need and a feeling of faraway places.
The choice of Japandi, is the choice of a functional and minimalist environment, a haven of peace where each piece of furniture is carefully chosen for what it is, for what it brings to the home.
It’s the choice of authenticity, restraint, high-quality materials; slight imperfections in raw materials are nothing to worry about. The woods used are light in colour and bright; the tones close to nature to promote meditation and introspection. The furniture is highlighted by subtle decors evoking traditional elements. For example, the Shöji, sliding doors characteristic of Japanese houses that inspired our Bodi range. Forget the unnecessary, the ostentatious, the superfluous… and focus on the essential.
More than a simple trend, in short, Japandi is a new way of life…