Its Throwback Thursday!
Last week, we visited ancient Rome; rediscovering Romans’ desire for the lavish and ornate. Today, we explore its opposite: the minimalistic, intricate designs of Japan.
Through a period of isolation, the Japanese acquired a taste and a design quintessentially their own. Although previously influenced from both China and Buddhism, Japanese art and design distinctly blended unity, harmony, and balance. The highest esthetic of Japanese design was expressed in Shibui, a collection of characteristics ruling everyday living. These characteristics are: simple, natural, implicit, humble, and silent. For instance, many Japanese homes would directly lead to gardens, divisions of space were seamless and natural components would emerge throughout the interiors. The only embellishments that would derive from motifs which were also naturalistic, as well as geometric and figurative.
The facades of Japanese architecture encompass Shibui beautifully. Japanese architecture appears as marvelous works of art, almost as if they are derived from nature. On the facades, the Japanese are more insistent on asymmetry, dissimilar to Chinese architecture that keenly concentrated on symmetry. The Japanese believed that an asymmetrical balance constructed engaging and dynamic design. Public buildings are monumentally built to enthuse, but normally are constructed of smaller scaled rooms, for intimacy and privacy. Most dwellings are also surrounded by tended gardens combining natural and man made elements. The Japanese were so in tune with nature that in case of any natural disaster, for instance earth quakes, buildings were easily built and could easily be rebuilt. Throughout history, Japanese design features vary very little, they value traditional over new, and plain over ornate.
Similar to Japanese design, the Mystic Valley Traders Shangri-La Collection expresses simplicity, nature and strong geometry. Constructed from the Oasis fabric, the bed skirt and pillow shams display strong geometry in neutral colors. The lagoon fabric, reserved for the duvet cover and a few shams, parade the only color of the collection similar to the color palette the Japanese used, also the lagoon fabric embodies naturalistic and oriental motifs, akin to Japanese art.
I hope you enjoyed todays Throwback, stay tuned for next weeks Throwback and my next How To!