Japandi: The living trend
The best of both worlds: Japandi combines the simple aesthetics of Japanese interior design and the comfort of Scandinavian living.


The beauty of the world of design is that everything seems possible. Also that the far north and the Far East suddenly come very close despite the distance. Just like with the new interior trend that everyone is talking about at the moment: Japandi.
This style offers the best of both worlds. The comfort of Scandinavian chic and the simple aesthetics of Japanese interior design. They complement each other perfectly and show that they have more in common than meets the eye. Our BUTLERS blog team will tell you what the core elements of this new style are and how you can implement Japandi at home, for example on the laid table.


The boom in Scandinavian design is unbroken and it's hard to remember the time without hygge in your own four walls. Time to give the all-time design favorite a fresh look. Japandi (sometimes referred to as Scandenese or Japanordic) is a pimped version of Scandi chic, and it's a fusion of the aforementioned and the minimalist aesthetic of Japanese design.

Meet... even if that's how jokes usually start: Japandi is by no means a joke. Rather, it is a beautiful meeting of two living worlds that merge into a harmonious whole. Nordic simplicity and a warm, cozy atmosphere known as "hygge“ meets Far Eastern elegance, harmony and reduction.

In addition, Japandi proves that the two ways of life have something in common. For example, both value the use of natural and sustainable materials; they value high quality and functionality, neutral colors and respect craftsmanship. Nevertheless, Japandi is not just a transfer of both interior styles, but a completely new style with very individual characteristics. In addition, something that has proven itself in Scandinavian and Japanese design is also consistently implemented at Japandi. For example, Japandi benefits B. from the findings of the Japanese Feng Shui teachings (harmonious home design), which says that you only feel comfortable at home when the energy (Qi) can flow freely.

Minimalism is very important at Japandi
Less is more: minimalism is the most important characteristic of Japandi, which is also based on the Japanese kanso principle of clarity. 


In any case, one of the most important features of Japandi is a simple and minimalist interior. Furniture and accessories have a high level of functionality and simplicity and are used in a reduced manner. This approach is inspired by the Japanese principle of kanso (clarity), which opposes chaos and the constant accumulation of material things. The reduced interior is complemented by a few statement pieces with a unique character, such as an heirloom with a patina.
In addition, Japandi says "Courage to leave gaps". An empty space (called “ma” in Japanese) is a popular sight because it reveals the really important things in our lives.
So that the new living trend can move into your home, it is best to heed the following:

  • Pay attention to a clear shape and linear design
  • Put value on a functional, reduced facility
  • Ensure order and emptiness in the rooms
  • Use natural materials and combine them (Scandinavian: light wood, Japanese: dark wood, bamboo, rattan, paper, stone) and high-quality fabrics (e.g. organic cotton, linen)
  • Use simple, warm and natural textures
  • Use neutral colors (Scandinavian: light tones vs. Japanese: muted earth tones, black, red)
  • Combine the neutral color world with high-contrast colors, e.g. B. Black, strong blue, bright pink, etc. as visual highlights
  • Create an outdoor feeling indoors by using green plants (bonsai, bamboo, ...).
  • Less is more: be sparing with decorations
  • Decorate with individual accessories that have patina and character (see wabi-sabi "Beauty lies in imperfection")
  • Value craftsmanship, e.g. B. handmade crockery
Japandi tableware by BUTLERS
Asymmetrical, organic shapes, a handmade look and simple, earthy tones: it's not for nothing that our tableware series bears the name JAPANDI. 


Not only in the living room and bedroom, you can also decorate the dining table in the Japandi style. Of course, the be-all and end-all here is the reduced use of decorative elements and simple furniture. Instead of a tablecloth, it is best to lay the table directly on the bare wooden table or on subtle placemats made of natural materials with a coarse structure such as seagrass. But if it should definitely be a tablecloth or runner, also pay attention to a natural materiality. The table linen can either be in muted colors or, for example, in a dark color to set a strong accent.

This is how the Japandi tableware is made
Craftsmanship: Through repeated immersion, each part of our JAPANDI tableware series becomes unique.

The highlight of the table is definitely the crockery. For a perfect Japandi table, this should have a hand-made look. Asymmetrical and organic shapes, an aesthetic, simple color scheme and small bumps in the structure - crockery designs of this type fit perfectly on a dining table with the Japandi look.

When it comes to decoration, you should limit yourself to individual accessories. A structured vase in which you place a subtle branch (e.g. cherry blossom or dry grass) or shapely candlesticks that are very minimalistic - that's all you need to spread that Japandi feeling in your home.

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