#Interior Design, #Architecture, #Design, #Japanese, #Zen
Japanese houses, it began with pit-house style houses in B.C.3000, and the architecture has been changed with the times. Although the houses may have been changed appearance but the essence of the architecture does not change since the old time. We now imagined that when we got asked what is traditional Japanese interior, we might be answered like buildings that use kawara ‘瓦' (ceramic roof tiles) for roof tiling, exposed timber structures in the house and tatami ‘畳’ room mat for living and dining area etc… But what I most surprised me is some of the materials and techniques are still being used.  
Some other materials, styles and techniques are
Fukinuke ‘吹き抜け’ (Open ceiling space)
Engawa ‘縁側’ (Exterior or interior timber deck and corridor)
Shoji ‘障子’ door (Cabinet door with Japanese Paper-panel)
Kumiko ‘組子’ (Cabinet door that assembled wooden pieces without using nails)
    …… and more ! 
Not only material and technique-wise, Japanese architects and interior designers often tackle the problem with ‘how we can maximise and use the space efficiently with limited space?’ They reached an answer called ‘minimalist’ ,and many Japanese architecture masterpieces have successfully delivered functional living or dining spaces with minimum space uses. Minimalism, not limited to Japanese style, we believe it will be the essential concept as we will need a lot of space but also functional at the same time as we are staying home and require spaces more than used to one of a reason is increased the number of work from home.
The message is “less is more” stated by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. We will explore in this topic in the future blog.
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