The term Japandi defines a hybrid decor style that integrates the core design principles and aesthetics of Japanese and Scandinavian interiors. Japanese’ Zen,’ or the concept of fostering relaxing minimalism, merges with Scandinavian Hygge — in which spaces are punctuated with a sense of joy and calm. Japandi aesthetics focussed on functionality, simplicity and craftsmanship. At Alankaram, we meld the best of Japandi aesthetics into many of our furniture. Here’s how you can incorporate our furniture into your interiors to make the most of this decor style:
Celebrate natural materials
At Alankaram, we celebrate natural materials, which are at the core of Japandi and let the bonafide finishes shine. Avoid too much polish or paint on the furniture and allow the elegant rusticity of unfinished wood or bamboo. For example, our Smola dining table brings earthiness and simplistic beauty into the ambience and has a teak wood slab with resin that highlights the wood’s natural finishes and tactility.
The Japandi style design aesthetic emphasises minimising clutter to make the most of clean lines, open spaces and minimalism. Sleek, multi-purpose furniture can help achieve the same. Take the example of our Dela partition, which helps you to demarcate spaces using a screen. It is made from teakwood and natural cane/rattan and visually segregates zones yet connects areas seamlessly. Enhance the functionality and pack a punch with storage with wicker boxes or baskets and built-ins.
Go for muted colours
Japandi aesthetics have a subtle colour palette and incorporate hues from their natural surroundings. For instance, our Kutu lounge chair melds both Scandi and Japanese decor and takes the neutral route with hues that evoke calm and tranquillity, almost mimicking a natural landscape.
Despite having a muted aesthetic, Japandi furniture exudes a distinctly artisanal feel and is rooted in handmade processes. Japanese are known to master timber since it is readily available and versatile. They also augment organic shapes inspired by Origami, which is the traditional art of paper folding. Alankaram’s Boye centre table pays homage to ethnic craftsmanship and artisans with its impeccable finishes.
Blend Hygge & Wabi-Sabi
“Hygge” is derived from a Danish word and encapsulates the feeling of cosiness, comfort, well-being, and contentment. This interior style embraces soft textures, neutral colour palettes and warm lighting. On the contrary, the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi celebrates imperfections. With Japandi, we merge perfections and imperfections. Pieces such as our Megharia sofa laud natural finishes of wood and handicrafts made from materials honouring both two design philosophies.
These are some ways in which you can bring the Japandi style aesthetics into the decor with our multifunctional furniture.