What is Japandi style? - Twisted Loom

What is Japandi style?

I’ve always liked Midcentury and Scandi interior design and furniture. I also love Japanese aesthetic principles in their crafts such as pottery, textiles and art. Now I can enjoy all three of these under the one umbrella of JAPANDI!! 

Japandi is a recent trend in interior design and hopefully, it’s here to stay! By combining the best elements of Japanese and Scandinavian styles, Japandi often creates a Midcentury look that is both timeless and modern. The minimalist aesthetic of Scandinavian design is juxtaposed with the warm wood tones and natural elements of Japanese design to create an atmosphere of calm and serenity.

What are Japandi style materials?

The natural elements in the Japandi style often come from materials such as bamboo, rattan, walnut wood, and natural upholstery fibres such as linens and wool. The result is a look that is natural, fresh and inviting. Japandi is perfect for creating a cosy, inviting space with its light, airy hues and natural materials. 

I prefer to see the Japandi aesthetic with a bit more colour, like this bedroom with deep rusty walls. Or with some classic indigo accents which are traditional in Japanese textile design. It seems like a quick Google search throws up too many bland palettes which I assume are retro-fitted “Scandi” images! Hopefully, you’ll find something interesting in your Google/Pinterest searches. Let me know your top pics… 

I’d like to think our Egg lamps make a great accent piece to go with the Japandi look. When designing these, my aim was to fuse the warm and tactile elements of natural woods with the cosiness of the wool lampshade, which adds a soft ambient light. The Japanese principle of Shibui also came to mind. Shibui aims to create something beautiful by being understated and balancing simplicity with complexity. The shape and materials used in the Egg lamps are pleasingly simple, however, the construction and quality of the crafting are complex. Phil, our wood-turner extraordinaire has flawlessly hand-turned these from reclaimed beech and set them on a walnut base with swirling natural grain. They look great as a bedside pair but also sit beautifully in any other room. My neighbour loved them so much she bought four!! 

So if you’re looking for something new and exciting, give Japandi a try — you won’t be disappointed!

Bye for now,


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