Japandi: A Japan Sanctuary Home
The homeowners share a deep passion for Japan, having visited the country many times. Therefore when it came to designing their dream home, they had one goal in mind—to capture the essence of Japan and bring it home.
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To create more authenticity, it meant incorporating unique elements inspired by Japanese architecture and traditional homes. In line with this, a foyer cabinet was designed for both privacy and as a statement visual upon entering. The shelf housing the bonsai plant with a circular frame is reminiscent of the windows found in Japanese architecture. This detail not only adds softness to the space, but also symbolizes harmony and tranquility.
Beyond the foyer, a Japanese style pendant light made from woven bamboo illuminates the dining area. In the living room, an elevated platform with concealed lighting is constructed using wood and finished with a premium vinyl flooring. There are subtle floral patterns scattered around, evoking an element of nature. The main highlight here is the feature wall where it showcases Japanese concrete waves design using texture paint.
The recessed niche near the entrance of the kitchen is purposed to display special keepsakes. Inside the kitchen, the lower cabinets takes inspiration from the grid pattern that was found in traditional Japanese homes. The lighter wood tones beautifully complement the cement-like white countertops. The divider between the service yard and kitchen is demolished to create a spacious feel.
The original entrance to the master bedroom was sealed off and is only accessible through the walk-in wardrobe, the design blends in and gives no indication of the bedroom entrance whereabouts providing the needed privacy by the owners.
The shaker style wardrobe doors were designed to resemble shoji screens, the panels are of a rattan design done in a modern way using textured wallpaper for easier maintenance as compared to traditional rattan wood.
Inside the master bedroom, a soothing neutral color palette was chosen to create a calming atmosphere. The textured feature wall mirrors the one in the living room to complete a full circle of design fluidity. A recessed niche is constructed at the bed head for convenience of storing bedside essentials.
The common bathroom design combines different tiles with intricate patterns for more interest. The patterned tiles were meant to mimic traditional Japanese fans in the shower while the sink area is finished with wood like design tiles usually found in an Onsen.
A built-in niche for storing toiletries, doubles up as a screen to contain water splashes as well.
The master bathroom draws inspiration from a cozy onsen spa. Fine details such as the faucet designed to resemble bamboo and a stone sink with Japanese prints are specially selected.
The feature wall tiles by the bathtub with its deconstructed design is meant to embrace the wabi-sabi philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection.