Why Japanese Interior Design Remains Timeless and Influential

Why Japanese Interior Design Remains Timeless and Influential
A CLASSIC JAPANESE HOME IN FUKUOKA - image courtesy of Mystyslav Chernov

It’s not only the rich cherry blossoms and the sensational kimonos. In its entirety, the historic culture and the pure aesthetic of the Land of the Rising Sun is taking the world by storm – mostly by philosophy and way of life. These oriental principles are deeply rooted with minimalism and nature, most of which are prevalent and applied in Japanese interior design.

The Western hemisphere clearly has a following for the Japanese, as evidenced by the recent phenomenal hype of Tidying Up – the Netflix show regarding consultant Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of organizing. French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton even brought its 2018 Cruise Collection in Kyoto where clothes with Hokusai-prints and Japanese classic motifs hit the runway.

But why is there a global spike when it comes to interest for the Japanese, and how is it that the culture is considered classic and influential?


Joan Ting, an Australian designer who partnered with Japanese master craftsmen for her furniture company, shares her thoughts regarding the strong cultural influence in an interview by Domain media: “The Japanese are well known for their dedication to their craft, and consumers are assured of the quality and the thought process that has been put into producing these Japanese pieces.

"..the Land of the Rising Sun is taking the world by storm - mostly by philosophy and way of life."

Ting’s craftsmen can be considered as truly passionate and devoted to their work. To earn superior skillset for a certain field or industry, the Japanese people dedicate years of experience in mastering their craft. This long-term devotion to perfect their profession can be paralleled to the philosophy of takumi.

Aside from the quality craftsmanship assured by Japanese experts and artisans, it is worth noting that all Japanese designs are fully laden with the spirit of Zen.


Rooted from Mahayana Buddhism, Zen is the Japanese word for the Indian dhyāna, which means meditation. It is considered as a way of life, providing the self a path to spiritual awakening and a journey to self-discovery. Viewing and accepting things as they are, the meditative practice concentrates on the full rejuvenation of the mind and the body.
"..it is worth noting that all Japanese designs are fully laden with the spirit of Zen."

When it comes to interior design, Zen is said to be freely manifesting in homes that are minimalist and tranquil. Usually with an open setup, the ideal space enables enough air and energy to flow inside. Zen-inspired houses are also accessorized with light color palettes, acting as blank canvas to let the dweller’s imagination roam.

With the hopes of encouraging the soul to reach Zen, Japanese interior design has numerous aesthetics that may be used and applied. These include the simplistic and imperfect-accepting wabi-sabi.

Aside from brown and green, a touch of flora may also stand out. The tones of corals and beach flowers give life and shape in the overall look of the space, thereby effectively making them tropic design staples.


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Why Japanese Interior Design Remains Timeless and Influential

As an aesthetic, wabi became more positively defined. Denoting simplicity and easiness, it incorporated welcoming a life that is one with nature. Sabi, on the other hand, learns to adapt with the experiences and beauty that come with aging.  

The positive adaptation of the concept mirrors and reflects its teaching – to adjust and be comfortable with the presence of imperfections. Flaws, impermanence, decays, and insecurities are accepted in celebration. Wabi-sabi is commonly depicted in kintsugi, (or kintsukuroi) which translates to “golden joinery” or “golden repair”.  

"Flaws, impermanence, decays, and insecurities are accepted in celebration."


Japanesque and Japanoisme designs remain to be a classical appeal for most. However, the aesthetic isn’t just centered on the utilization of shoji screens and Bonsai trees. It’s also not fully composed of adorning the room with tatami mats, either.  Having a home that is inspired by Japanese styles involve imbibing and applying the genuine philosophy behind them.

The value and the philosophy that comes with the style are what makes Japanese interior design timeless. The interiors are laden not just with functional furniture, but with ideologies concerning life.  

This condo unit in Kroma Tower, for example, was reimagined to have the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of a classic Japanese interior design.  

Dreaming of having a refreshed, refurbished condo unit? Give it a timeless, positive look with Japanese interior design.  

Tokyo Grand Renovation (TGR) is a design and build specialist when it comes to crafting luxury and functionality in one. Inspired by Japanese philosophy and style, TGR’s headquarters is at 9110 La Campana St. cor. Trabajo St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City, 1207.   

For inquiries, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 832 16 76, or send an e-mail at  info@tgr.com.ph.

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