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A little goes a long way -- by incorporating a few well-chosen pieces you can instantly create the look and atmosphere you want.
And the iron stud reinforcements on this Antique Korean Coin Chest (sold) make it a fascinating coffee table. more coffee tables.
Our rooms take Asian decor and incorporate it into a Western aesthetic.
Elements of Japanese Decorating
- A unique fusion of uncluttered living and technology with a softer modernism.
- An emphasis on satisfying our sensual human needs through the inclusion of natural materials and organic forms.
- Creation of a tactile and harmonious living environment reinforcing our connection with nature.
- A "less is more" attitude in which the beauty of each piece is highlighted.
History of Japanese decor
Traditional Japanese architecture emphasizes economy of design and a great sensitivity to the natural environment. This design is characterized by the use of elements such as wood, (structural beams and furniture) straw (tatami mats) and paper (covering the shoji screens).
Houses built in this style shunned the decorative, the obvious and the extravagantly showy in favor of restraint or what contemporary designers would refer to as minimalism. For many people it is the emptiness that strikes the eye - the houses seem to have been pared back to the essential elements and made purely functional.The idea of Asian decor almost seems to be an oxymoron.
The second thing that becomes apparent is the impermanent state of the house. Interior walls slide to double a room's size, beds are pulled from cupboards, and external walls even open in summer to bring the garden inside. Furniture is constructed in pieces and stacked with handles on the sides for easy movement.
Of all the elements, the most precious and revered was wood. Carpenters were the most respected of artisans and the classic timber framework they used for house building and the traditional joinery used in constructing furniture pieces was legendary.