At Style Library, we are often influenced by Japanese design and have been pondering the reasons why this enchanting obsession has come about. Perhaps it’s an inherent need in all of us to declutter and refresh, or perhaps it’s our need for tranquility in our ever-increasingly hectic lives. Perhaps it’s the essence of nature we find in Japanese design that grounds us and helps bring the outside in. Whatever the reason, introducing a touch of Zen-like design into your home is bound to inspire you and calm your busy mind.
For many centuries, Japanese design has been, and still is, saturated in its love of nature and in its search for serenity. Calm colours and clean lines are celebrated, and the uniformity and colours inspired by the natural world are bought alive in graphic interpretations. Historically, Japanese design has closely followed the seven principles of Zen.
The Seven Principles of Zen
FUKINSEL: Asymmetry and Irregularity
KANSO: Simplicity KOKO: Basic weathered beauty SHIZEN: Without pretence and inspired by the natural world YUGEN: Subtlety and profound grace DATSUZOKU: Freedom, unbounded by convention SEIJAKU: Tranquility
KOKO: Basic weathered beauty
SHIZEN: Without pretence and inspired by the natural world
YUGEN: Subtlety and profound grace
DATSUZOKU: Freedom, unbounded by convention
Scion’s fabric and wallpaper range, Wabi Sabi, was created with these ideas at the forefront of the designers’ minds. There was a sense of serentiy and tranqulity in the design studio and at one point they even discussed feng shui-ing the office!
The name Wabi Sabi originates from a Japanese philosophy which celebrates the beauty of imperfection. The collection of fabrics and wallpapers captures the spirit of age-old hand crafted techniques such as block-printing, shibori, batik and ikat.
The Wabi Sabi range features a range of abstract, geometric, organic and floral designs which make a powerful statement individually or can be mixed together to create an understated, sometimes mis-matched yet always harmonious home.