The fans, origami, red lanterns and Zen gardens typical of the Japan. The golden glitter and vibrant colors that only theIndia knows how to give. And the decorativeness of China. L ‘East, with its multitude of uses and customs, it has always been an important source of design inspiration.
It was like this in the past, just think back to when in the 1940s Charlotte perriand revisited the famous with bamboo LC4 armchair drawn with Le corbusier me Pierre Jeanneret – and it still is today.
In fact, today the design with oriental references it’s a real trend and I like it more and more. But nothing to do with the ethnic style in vogue a few years ago. What satisfies the public’s taste now, in fact, is a more sophisticated look and less marked. A modern and design-oriented reinterpretation of lines, volumes or processes that have their roots in distant countries.
The centrality of Japan
More than a royal style, it is about the furniture and accessories that are used in those places. typical materials, Between lacquers and bamboo, silks and fine chinaand cite customs. Like for example the new mirror Haiku from Team 7, inspired by the Japanese poems from which it takes its name and characterized by an inward-sloping solid wood frame that invites the eye to focus on the essential.
The Aralia Wallpaper from Ambientha, which with plays of light and shadow reminds of the homonymous plant native to East Asia.
Or the table Tobi-Ishi from B&B Italia, in which the designers Edward barber me Jay osgerby they mentioned the smooth stones (tobi-ishi) typical of traditional Zen gardens.
The same ones who also inspired the Telen sofa Signed by Christian werner for Ligne Roset.
On the other hand, the centrality of the East in furniture, and Japan in particular, is also demonstrated by the success of the japandi style: an example of an aesthetic crossover born from the encounter between Nordic minimalism and theJapanese elegance and particularly sensitive to issues such as environmental sustainability and the Welfare of the person.
And the influence of other countries
However, not only in Japan. There are furniture and accessories that bring home the symbols and traditions of other eastern countries. Like the lamps Chouchin from Foscarini, inspired by the traditional bamboo and paper lanterns hung outside the premises or homes in both Japan and China.
The new upholstered furniture from Amina line from Etro House Interiors, where fabrics, shapes and colors refer to Arab world and the stories of One thousand and One Nights.
Wave Spider Noor from Francesco Dei Rossi for by Majo, which combines etched metal fabrics with Middle Eastern charm and Murano blown glass.
Creations imbued with suggestions that, especially in this period in which international travel has suffered a long slowdown due to the pandemic, really seem to contribute to reducing distances.
by Ilenia Carlesimo
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