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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Japanese Design Ideas to Try in Your Own Home

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Trending on Remodelista: 5 Japanese Design Ideas to Try in Your Own Home

November 8, 2019

The theme over on on Remodelista this week was “Japanese Autumn,” with post after post on design classics, new and old, from the small country with a mighty design history. Here are five to consider:

1. Wooden Blinds

The Rawene House, a mindfulness compound in New Zealand designed for a sound healer by Stevens Lawson Architects and Katie Lockhart Studio, is chock-full of Japanese/Shaker design inspiration. The handmade wooden blinds are straight from Japan. Photograph by David Straight, Mark Smith, and Harriet Were, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio, from A Soulful, Monastic House in New Zealand, Japanese-Shaker Style Included.
Above: The Rawene House, a mindfulness compound in New Zealand designed for a sound healer by Stevens Lawson Architects and Katie Lockhart Studio, is chock-full of Japanese/Shaker design inspiration. The handmade wooden blinds are straight from Japan. Photograph by David Straight, Mark Smith, and Harriet Were, courtesy of Katie Lockhart Studio, from A Soulful, Monastic House in New Zealand, Japanese-Shaker Style Included.

2. Noguchi Lamps

A Noguchi lamp is the perfect and only decoration in this little corner occupied by a Stovax wood-burning stove. See A Tale of Two Styles: Proper Victorian on the Outside, Modern Zen on the Inside for the rest of the exquisite home. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
Above: A Noguchi lamp is the perfect and only decoration in this little corner occupied by a Stovax wood-burning stove. See A Tale of Two Styles: Proper Victorian on the Outside, Modern Zen on the Inside for the rest of the exquisite home. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.

3. Hard-working Sinks

Above: Julie discovered a new everything-in-the-kitchen-sink system, “inspired by compact, space-saving kitchen units often seen in Japan,” as the founders say. See Kitchen of the Week: A Japanese-Inspired Kitchen from Otomoto, a New UK Venture for the details.

4. Donabe Clay Pots

Above: A must in every Japanese kitchen is the donabe, a clay pot used for cooking rice, soups, stews, and more. Toiro, a store in LA, has an unparalleled collection of donabes for sale. It’s part of Remodelista’s roundup of 20 Best Online Shops for Japanese Housewares Design.

5. Hinoki Tubs

A hinoki soaking tub is the standout in this serene bathroom. See where to source it—and everything else in this space—in Steal This Look: A Spa-Like Sanctuary in LA. Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli from the book, The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick.
Above: A hinoki soaking tub is the standout in this serene bathroom. See where to source it—and everything else in this space—in Steal This Look: A Spa-Like Sanctuary in LA. Photograph courtesy of Rizzoli from the book, The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick.

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