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January 17, 2020

What is Japandi? Introducing this year’s biggest trend

By: Luke

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You may not think it’s easy to blend together the styles of countries that are thousands of miles apart but according to recent findings, that’s exactly the inspiration behind 2020’s most influential design trend…

​What is ‘Japandi’ style and how can you create it?

Japandi is what is commonly referred to as a hybrid design aesthetic. 

In this case it combines two of the most stylish destinations in the world: the modern-rustic vibe of Scandinavian design and the minimalist nature of Japanese design. Countries which are both known for their rich heritage of design influence and innovation. 

At its heart, Japandi style is all about creating a simplistic, elegant base and then adding touches of warm cosiness to create a timeless and super-inviting look. Think natural elements, raw materials and an appreciation of craftsmanship and tradition. Lovely. 

Why combine Scandinavian style and Japanese style?

Both styles prioritise functionality, statement pieces surrounded by a clean space and minimalism (no loud prints or cluttered rooms) so pairing them together is a natural choice. 

But it’s the differences between the two styles that make Japandi extra special too. Japanese designs can sometimes feel overly sleek. The addition of rustic Scandivaion touches therefore add a welcome variation of texture. Scandinavian designs are often neutral so a rich Japanese colour palette helps to add depth. It’s all about that contrast. 

Ultimately Japandi is more than a style, it’s a way of life. Japandi allows designers to embrace the Scandinavian practice of Hygge (finding cosiness and contentment in the small things) and the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi (embracing imperfections) making it a joyful process to create Japandi-inspired designs. 

Have you been inspired by Japandi style?
It seems 2020 is the year that Japandi style reigns supreme, offering tons of amazing reference points for designers, makers and creatives. We’d love to see your take on the concept – make sure to tag us in your social media snaps so we can see your Japandi inspired designs. 

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