Japanese traditional Zen philosophy inspires the simplistic, natural essence found in minimalist architecture and design. Line, form, space, light and material are but a few of the essential elements central to this widely popular design aesthetic. Great value is placed on the absence of nonessential internal walls to open up a space and allow an organic flow between the structure’s interior and exterior. This practice is believed to reduce all elements down to their core essential quality. Japanese architects like Tadao Ando, have translated this Zen concept through the use of materials, geometry and nature to create a poignant relationship between the natural environment, the site and its buildings. In this article we look at designs that stay true to the essence of this fierce minimalism in Japanese interiors.
Bare essential furnishings keep this living space from feeling cramped or cluttered letting the beauty of its wood and white elements reflect and bounce the natural light.
Vintage materials with an aged patina add richness to this minimalist living area. While there are more furnishings and décor elements present, the designer used the negative space beneath the furnishings to let energy and light move through the space.
Sliding doors allow the exterior and interior of this Japanese city loft to organically meld one into the other.
Wood insets in the ceiling and walls use line in its most simplistic form to create interest. Glass panels used as railing around the loft area allow light to travel through space.
An urban Japanese loft promotes a calm, peaceful lifestyle through the use of the most basic essential materials of wood, glass and metal.
This Japanese living room is a testament to the minimalist Zen culture’s focus on the creating a space using natural light, materials and negative space to allow energy to flow through it.
Sliding doors are often used in Japanese bedrooms to provide privacy when needed and allow a flow between interior spaces when open.
Negative space is valued highly in creating a sense of clarity and freedom within the Japanese Zen inspired home.
While white and neutrals dominate minimalist design, brilliant colors sparingly used can be found as seen in this Japanese child’s bedroom.
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