A Japanese Minimalist Space that Soothes
Posted on Aug 6, 2011Aug6
Most of my design work falls into the transitional style – a blend of traditional and contemporary elements with aesthetics, comfort and function taking equal priority. I certainly admire and learn from other styles though, and I have a real appreciation of many minimalist interiors I’ve seen. Take a look at this model room in the Kyoto Kokusai Hotel designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates. There’s something about the materials used and the overwhelming simplicity of the room that’s so soothing and serene. As opposed to looking stark or cold, it’s quite inviting and accessible due to, perhaps, the use of the warm wood tones and the green floor covering. Here’s the bathroom. I love the clean lines, the use of warm wood – function and aesthetics are considered without adding any fuss. What do you think of these spaces? Are they too stark for your tastes? Or, do you appreciate them for what they are – peaceful sanctuaries? I would love to hear your thoughts!