Introducing a Touch of Zen, Ikuhiro Yamagata, on Japanese Interior Design
Japanese interior design involves refined color mixes and laconic shapes. This design style is easily recognized by the abundance of natural materials and appeals to those who like a simple, structured space with minimal furnishings.
The design usually begins with the selection of the color palette. Inspired by nature, preference is given to sober and light tones. Think milky, beige, and cream colors. These shades predominate in the choice of colors for walls, furniture and fabrics. All surfaces of the typical Japanese apartment are smooth. Interior designer, Ikuhiro Yamagata, shared with us some important design principles.
“The most important thing is to have maximum communication with the customer. Of course, the client is the longest in the space that I have offered, and I think it’s my biggest role to create the space where the client is quietest. To take interior design forward concretely, capture all kinds of information such as client’s lifestyle, favorite activities and hobbies and then pass it on as interior design. I believe that a good production can only be achieved if there is a relationship of mutual trust.
When following a Japanese-inspired design style, it is important to pay attention to the lighting. Different lights are able to create a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere in the spirit of Zen philosophy. Bamboo table lamps or tatami lamps create diffused lighting while some modern ceiling lights are covered with paper. Pendant lights are a great choice and are suitable for most spaces. These Japanese style chandeliers and lamps are beautifully crafted from paper, glue and bamboo and can showcase well-lit hallways in a subtle and elegant way.
Traditionally, eastern furniture has low feet. A Japanese-style bed for a themed bedroom should ideally be low enough. Bamboo details and a basic lacquered dresser as well as tatami mats will complete the look. Traditional tatami mats are made from rice straw, but are very comfortable. When selecting furniture, it should be borne in mind that the space should be cluttered. Functionality is preferred, but it also leaves some decorative room for play. Decorative items made from natural materials such as bamboo, rice paper, or wood can be great ways to add a finishing touch. For an authentic touch, try hanging rice paper lanterns from the ceiling.
Japanese-inspired cuisine is truly a special place. The kitchen can be warm and comfortable as well as simple and spacious. It is an attractive and comfortable place to spend time with friends and family. Beautiful little touches go a long way in creating atmosphere and warmth in the kitchen. Besides Japanese-style tableware and porcelain, more subtle hints of the Orient can be included by using shades of rice paper, cotton curtains, bamboo in a vase on the floor, or rugs on seats or tablecloths. .
Furniture and living room
Preference is given to furniture with elegant designs on low legs. A low coffee table can become a place to sit when low ottomans and pillows are placed directly on the floor. The minimalism of the decoration excludes unnecessary details in the living room. The walls are generally light.
Mr. Yamagata shared with us the impact of the coronavirus on the interior design space. “We’ve been home for a long time and I have more interior consultations than before. Concretely, there are many demands to create a conscious space for remote work and social distance. The coronavirus has changed not only the way of working but also the way of thinking about interiors. “
Fans of Ikuhiro Yamagata’s work know that he has a loyal companion named Maru. This tiny, brave little feline possesses boundless curiosity and Mr. Yamagata credits his ability to find the quiet spaces in his home.
The breed is a Singapura cat. I love the flexible body line and the pretty cat movements. Maru knows a lot of quiet places in my house. Maru often tells us about small productions that I haven’t been able to notice. It’s like my homemaker.
Traditional Japanese interiors are characterized by their adaptability. A large room can be converted into rooms separated by simple sliding doors. This adaptability has found its place in one of the main trends currently in interior design: Japandi. A beautiful fusion of Scandinavian and Japanese interior design principles, this trend is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Posted on June 19, 2021