Minimalist Japanese-inspired furniture

There’s something about Japanese furniture that you simply cannot resist! Soothing, minimal, and zen-like, these furniture designs instantly put you at ease. Their soft aesthetics, clean edges, and minimal designs add a sense of calm and Ikigai to any living space. I, for one, absolutely love stumbling upon Japanese furniture designs. I feel they are the perfect addition to our modern urban homes. When we return home after a hectic day of hustle-bustle, we need to step into a space that feels safe, warm, and serene. And this collection of beautiful Japanese furniture designs promise to do exactly that! Integrate some Japanese zen and design philosophy into your home with these furniture pieces!

Fireplaces are usually an attraction point in the interior decor of a space, but in Casa Decor, it is more of a hidden gem. The team appreciates traditional Japanese aesthetics inspired by the wabi-sabi philosophy, which encourages an appreciation for imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete things. The characteristics of wabi-sabi aesthetics and principles include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and the appreciation of both natural objects and the forces of nature – something that is clearly seen throughout the project and this fireplace. The designer viewed the crack in the wall as a gap in the professional architectural scene and turned it into an opportunity that elevated the room, much like cracks being metaphorical openings leading to projects that make you immerse yourself into a study that will eventually give you winds. 



The Katana chair by Pavel Vetrov has been inspired by the Japanese katana sword and I think we can say this chair is mightier than the sword – given that the war right now is being fought by sitting at home! Japanese culture and philosophy can be seen in the details of the Katana chair. The stitching details on the edges represent the handle of the sword while the colors are carefully chosen to represent the mood. The chair is ergonomically designed so that your back is well supported and there is no pain when you bow to greet people when we are back to socializing.

Susan Ulma 


Furniture for small spaces is essential and can make the difference between you loving or disliking your cozy zone. So why let an ordinary bulky piece of furniture take up the precious space when a compact chair that can fold up to store in some corner can fill its boots? There are a number of superb examples of folding chairs, but where the Departo folding chair makes room for its exclusivity is its portable form factor – you can set it up on the balcony, for a dinner party – fold, hold it by its leather strap and carry it to where life takes you later! Arguably, many folding chairs are conceived with the concept of portability but their design anomalies leave them high and dry. Departo folding chair however offers a high-quality seating solution conjured up with unification of aesthetics of two cultures. The utilitarian chair is built with Scandinavian design inspiration and focuses on Japanese materiality realized with the steel frame and ash wood legs. The rounded wooden backrest of the chair complements the comfy canvas seat while the leather handle allows for easy carrying.

Susan Ulma

Tea time is a beautiful ritual in Japanese culture and Hasu is a tea table inspired by that zen practice. Hasu transforms itself as the tea ritual progresses making it a contemporary piece of furniture that still pays a tribute to the process. It starts as a minimal compact structure and ends as complete furniture set for tea time. Hasu’s design allows storing an extensive tea collection while presenting it in a unique and clean manner – it is almost like you can fold or unfold the tea time ritual like origami. There is a lot of storage for all the objects needed for tea rituals and the table allows you to present them one by one during tea time, it is all on-site so everything is handy as well as neatly tucked away. The unfolding of the four upper tabletops marks the beginning of the tea time ritual. Extend the seating to four guests by simply pulling the floor chairs from the table. Even when it is not in use, it still upgrades the space as an abstract piece.

Susan Ulma 


Panasonic has designed a simple solution to draw boundaries between work and play without taking up too much space with their Komoru cubicle and I need to order two when they launch on September 18th, 2020! The Japanese brand has infused this mini cubicle with simple details that help you work efficiently while not adding visual bulk to your interior space. Working from home has had many of us come up with creative ways to stay productive –  this Komoru cubicle saves your time and effort. You can easily assemble the desk and partition at home which is the two main structural components. Unlike a traditional office cubicle, this is four feet tall which allows you to see over the partition walls while still sitting at your desk.

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