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JAPANDI - a combination of Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian coziness

Japandi style is a trend in the design world that combines the best features of Japanese minimalism with Scandinavian simplicity. This harmonious, elegant and functional style of interiors is increasingly popular, both among lovers of modern design and those who seek peace and harmony in the interior.  It is a style where East meets West.  It combines the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi with the Scandinavian comfort of the hygge philosophy.   

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To understand what Japandi style really is, it is worth knowing what the wabi-sabi and hygge philosophy are.    



The wabi-sabi philosophy is a Japanese approach to aesthetics that is inspired by nature and seeks beauty in simplicity, imperfection and transience.

Wabi-sabi reminds us that nothing lasts forever which makes things more beautiful. Interiors in this style are characterized by minimalist design, natural materials, muted colors and subtle, delicate details. The philosophy originated in ancient Japan, where it was practiced by Zen Buddhists who appreciated the beauty of transience and imperfection. Today, the wabi-sabi style is growing in popularity. It is the opposite of perfectionism and excessive consumerism. It encourages us to appreciate the beauty in simple things and to use objects for a long time, instead of constantly replacing them with new ones. According to Laila Rietbergen, author of Japandi Living, "wabi translates into 'rustic simplicity' or 'subtle elegance,' and sabi means finding beauty in imperfection, especially in objects that have aged over time. " 

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The hygge philosophy is a concept of interior design and decorating that aims to create a cozy, comfortable and relaxing environment. Hygge is a Danish word that does not have an exact equivalent in other languages, but can be understood as deriving satisfaction from simple, everyday pleasures and building an atmosphere of warmth and harmony. The hygge philosophy originated in Denmark, where residents are famous for their approach to life based on simplicity, comfort and closeness to nature. It is characterized by the use of natural materials, soft fabrics, warm colors and decorative elements that create a cozy atmosphere.   


You already know what the wabi-sabi and hygge philosophies are, but how did these two styles come together to form the eponymous Japandi? 

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History of Japandi style   


In book Japandi Living, Laila Rietbergen states that the origins of the style date back to the 1860s. William Carstensen - a Danish naval lieutenant - went on a cruise to Tokyo (then Edo) to "explore" the country, whose borders had been opened just 10 years earlier. He was enchanted by the culture there. Upon his return to Denmark, he published a book about his findings entitled Japan's Capital and the Japanese. The topic sparked great interest among Copenhageners: "Danish designers traveled to this new and intriguing world and discovered that the Japanese concept of 'wabi-sabi' celebrates the same principles as the Danish concept of 'hygge: an appreciation for minimalism, natural materials and simplicity. Since then, Scandinavian designs have begun to be influenced by this aesthetic."  


Eastern design has always influenced Western design. For example, Japonisme, which is the French interpretation of the Japanese style, began in the 18th century and continued through the modernist movement in the 1960s. Chinoiserie, which is the adaptation of Chinese motifs in Western interiors, swept through England in the 18th century and is still practiced by companies such as de Gournay


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The combination of these two worlds has created a unique style that perfectly reflects modern needs and preferences. Japandi style is ideal for people who appreciate simplicity, functionality and harmony in the interior.   

How to create Japandi style in interiors?  

To achieve Japandi in interiors, use natural materials such as wood, bamboo, rattan or stone, which will add warmth and coziness to your interiors. Furniture that is simple, light, ergonomic and practical will also work well with this aesthetic. Remember about the accessories, let them be minimalistic and functional. In Japandi style it is important to maintain space and balance. Avoid over cluttering the interior with furniture and accessories, go for "less is more". Open shelves, minimalist lighting and thoughtful room arrangements will help create an interior that is conducive to relaxation and recovery. With these simple principles, you can create a calm and harmonious interior that exudes elegance and subtle charm.  

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In summary, Japandi style is a combination of Japanese minimalism and Scandinavian simplicity, which create a harmonious and peaceful living space. With natural materials, soft colors and simple forms, interiors in this style are pleasing to the eye and conducive to relaxation. So if you are looking for a calm and elegant design, Japandi may be the perfect choice for you. 

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