It is no secret I live and breathe scandinavian design, but I do also have a slight obsession with Japan and the beautiful aesthetics ingrained in the Japanese culture. Therefore It is such a pleasure seeing the two styles perfectly combined in the new Kinfolk Studio in Copenhagen, designed by the always clever Norm Architects.
Soft plastered walls, dark stained floors and simple, solid shaped furniture create a restrained and calm space - with a residential feel different from most work space today.
The Japanese influences come from the tradition of tokonoma - essentially niches built for display or storage. These are always pushed away from the solid form - not braking into the symmetry of the space.
I take note of the muted palette and the earthy coloured furnishings, a move away from the crisp colours and lines that have been popular for the last few years. I believe we will see more of this new organic version of minimalism in 2017.
Enjoy | Jess