Everything You Need to Know About Japandi

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The new hybrid trend sweeping interior design combines Scandinavian minimalism and Japanese wabi-sabi.

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The Scandinavian Peninsula and Japan may be far away geographically, but when it comes to home décor, the two regions have a lot in common. The proof? Japandi, the new interior design style that is sweeping social media, fuses modern and minimalist Scandinavian design with the simplicity and nature-focused approach to décor characteristic of Japanese aesthetics. The result is a movement that marries tranquility, asymmetry, and nature.

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"The Scandi portion brings in the 'hygge' or comfort, and the Japanese sensibility beacons a deeper level of sophistication. Together, the aesthetic creates clean-lined, bright, and open spaces with a balance of form and function," explains Zoe Feldman, founder and principal designer of Zoe Feldman Design.

Both styles are all about minimalism and about creating functional spaces in harmony with nature through furniture pieces and color palettes inspired by the environment.

Eco-friendly materials such as wood, stone, and natural fibers are a crucial element of this style. And so is embracing imperfections—a highlight of the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic. Earthy and muted shades such as beige, brown, green, and grey create a calm and relaxing ambiance while potted plants and greenery bring the outdoors in.

"Outdoor spaces have become more important, so creating an interior canvas that gives the outside a space to shine makes a lot of sense," explains Feldman.

Painting walls in a crisp white is a simple way to start—try Benjamin Moore's Decorators White or Chantilly Lace or Farrow and Ball's, Strong White or All White. Declutter your space—consider styling your bookshelves with some stacked table books, a few larger objects, and don't forget the greenery."

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The next step is adding a few furniture pieces and décor items that epitomize both styles' focus on simplicity and effortlessness. Keep scrolling for a selection of the chicest Japandi pieces to shop right now.

Phillips Collection Solid Wood Block End Table


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This beautiful honeycomb end table is crafted from solid golden acacia wood. Each piece is one-of-a-kind thanks to the unique wood grain every table sports.

To buy: $1,199, perigold.com

Tea Dealers Charcoal Grey Flat Kyusu


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Bring some Japandi vibes to your kitchen counter with this clay teapot handmade in Aichi, Japan. It has a built-in strainer, so even if you are brewing loose leaves, you'll end up with a mess-free cup of tea.

To buy: $250, teadealers.com

Noguchi Ottoman


Courtesy Noguchi

The late Isamu Noguchi was one of the world's most influential and prolific artists and product designers. He favored organic shapes and natural materials when designing furniture, and this ottoman is no exception. It has a sturdy beech wood frame and walnut legs in a beautiful maple shade. You can also use it as a cocktail table in your living room.

To buy: $3,450, noguchi.com

Swerve End Table


Courtesy All Modern

How gorgeous is this end table? It is carved from a naturally weather-proof branch of an acacia tree, so you can also take it on the patio. Its twisted silhouette is definitely the highlight of the design.

To buy: $205, allmodern.com

Bernhardt Design Oslo Lounge Chair


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Bernhardt Design's Oslo lounge armchair was created by Norwegian collective Angell, Wyller & Aarseth. It has a beautiful, almost skeletal silhouette and can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics. 

To buy: $2,643, perigold.com

George Nakashima Woodworkers Conoid Coffee Table


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George Nakashima loved the imperfections of natural wood and always incorporated them in his designs. His conoid coffee table is one of the most iconic creations that he first designed in 1960. It has a distinct asymmetrical top that features natural fissures, knots, and free edges.

To buy: Price Upon Request, nakashimawoodworkers.com

West Elm Kanto Glazed Stoneware Dinnerware Collection


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This set of plates and bowls can be mixed and matched to create a casually elegant tabletop design. Each piece is made in Portugal and unique, thanks to the glaze's natural speckling details.

To buy: from $42, westelm.com

Kristina Dam Dual Vase


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Part of the Dual Vase series of Copenhagen-based graphic designer and architect Kristina Dam, this large glass vase comes in a soft sand shade that perfectly complements its sculptural shape. You can use both the top and bottom to display flowers and potpourri. 

To buy: $108, kristinadam.com

Kelly Wearstler Echo Bench


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This Kelly Wearstler bench is a total stunner. It was carved from a single block of Douglas Fir and is the definition of functional art. It can easily do double duty as a table, too. 

To buy: $7,995, kellywearstler.com

Day Birger et Mikkelsen Home Porto Table Lamp


Courtesy Amara

Add some drama to your home office or bedroom with this iron table lamp. The classic domed shade is paired with a flared base for a simple yet elegant look.

To buy: $317, amara.com

Niels Bendtsen Torii Stool


Courtesy Hive Modern

Don't let the minimal design of this stool fool you—the arched backrest and padded seat deliver a tremendous amount of comfort. Crafted in Italy from natural wood, its design was inspired by the shape of entrance arches of Shinto shrines in Japan.

To buy: $785, hivemodern.com

Nordic Knots Grand Rug


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Pops of (natural) color are the best way to add a focal point to your Japandi-inspired decor. This super-soft rug's pale green shade evokes grasslands and will undoubtedly contribute to the Zen aesthetic of your home. It is sustainably made from high-quality fabrics in India.

To buy: from $595, nordicknots.com

CB2 Tablon Snow Sofa


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First things first—the white upholstery fabric of this sofa is made from high-performance fibers that are water- and stain-resistant, and incredibly easy to clean. So, rest assured, you will be enjoying the bright, airy shade of the sofa for a very long time.

The natural oak veneer frame adds an organic element to the modern design and will fit perfectly in a Japandi-decorated space.

To buy: $1,9999, cb2.com

Thomas Bina Otis Canopy Bed


Courtesy Perigold

Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary with this rustic canopy bed. The cube-shaped frame oozes modern sophistication, while the solid wood construction brings a rustic vibe to the design.

To buy: $4,529, perigold.com