The similarities in design sensibilities between the two styles can be traced back to 150 years ago, when commerce and cultural interactions between Japan and Scandinavia, particularly Denmark, began. While they live on opposite ends of the world, they share a passion for simplicity and functionality, as well as sustainability and a love of natural materials like wood and a profound regard for craftsmanship. Today’s Danish ceramics, furniture, architecture, and minimalism all bear traces of Japanese influence, as do Danish components.
The crossover combines the Scandinavian concept of ‘hygge’ (coziness) with the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ (beauty in imperfection) by incorporating a variety of natural materials, subdued colors, clean lines, and well-curated furnishings to create a relaxing environment.
Colors that are subtle and muted, with a strong shade thrown in for good measure. Natural materials highlight the pared-down aesthetic. East meets west in terms of skilled craftsmanship, lines, and forms. Minimalism becomes cozier, more inviting, and inviting.
This is what home feels like.