Japandi: The beautiful marriage between Japanese and Nordic design


Over the last decade, the definition of luxury has moved away from ostentation and garishness to be sleek and subtle … a refined aesthetic that speaks more of quality and materials. Under this renewed concept, craftsmanship, local materials, minimalist design and the classic “less is more” find their relevance. The Nordic and Japanese styles highlight this very philosophy, each in their own way. When the two are mixed together, a unique, curious A new concept emerges, called Japandi. Let’s explore this style in detail.

What does Japandi mean?

The word is the union of Japanese and Scandinavian (Scandinavian). The origin of this style can be traced back to when Danish designers and creatives began to travel to Japan, when the 220-year-old border closure policies were finally lifted. Around this time, their designs began to be influenced by this enigmatic and fascinating new oriental aesthetic.

The first traces of this design style can be seen in Danish ceramic craftsmanship, architecture and furniture. It is true that both design philosophies – Wabi-Sabi from Japan and Hygge from Denmark appreciate simplicity, minimalism and natural materials, so it was only a matter of time before the two were mixed into the design.

Many Danish furniture follows this design trend. Photo credit: Hutomo Abrianto / Unsplash

How to decorate in the Japandi style?

Minimalism is essential

This applies to furniture and decor and, of course, the style relies heavily on zero clutter. Choose functional and simple furniture, without any OTT ornamentation.

Keep it natural

The design philosophy emphasizes the importance of nature. In this style, wood is a dominant element, natural, without varnish. But wood is not just limited to furniture, it can be used extensively on walls and floors. Along with that, the style encourages users to bring lots of plants inside spaces.

Plants play a very important role in the Japandi style. Photo credit: Lauren Mancke / Unsplash


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