A Japanese Minimalist Space that Soothes

Posted on Aug 6, 2011Aug6
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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.

Photo from Kengo Kuma and Associates

Here’s the bathroom. I love the clean lines, the use of warm wood – function and aesthetics are considered without adding any fuss.

Photo from Kengo Kuma and Associates

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!

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  1. lesliefineint says:

    Thanks so much for your comments, Maureen! I agree that while the space is serene, it’s really not very practical for everyday living, everyday “stuff”. I do love the clean lines and architecture of the space.

  2. Maureen says:

    Even with the addition of the green carpet, I think the bedroom is too stark, yet the bathroom is gorgeous. I love the free-standing aspect of everything; the tub, the sinks, the mirrors on slats. Absolutely lovely. Of course, this could only be a hotel where no one settles in. Where would all the products go in a private home with this aesthetic? The addition of a simple toothbrush left near the sink would throw the whole thing out of whack, let alone a hairdryer, cotton swabs and soaps. Thank you for this. I love your blog.

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