The Japanese furniture
The concept of harmony is pervasive in the Japanese decorating style. Hundreds of years before the concept of the living room or bedroom set came along, the Japanese started matching their furniture both stylistically and using quality wood stains. Historically, form followed function in the evolution of design in Japanese furniture. Japanese antique furniture is simple, functional and designed with ease of movement or portability in mind. Practicality and space were paramount in the minds of Japanese carpenters, who considered the choice of timbers for each part of the construction process according to their properties and the structural requirements each of the parts.
Furniture in Japan had three main purposes: sleeping and sitting, prayer, and storage. You probably already know how traditional Japanese furniture looks like. You might have seen such items in movies or even in real life. Their main characteristic is the dimensions, more exactly the fact that the furniture is very low, including the table and chairs. Actually, the chairs have no legs and they sit directly on the ground.
Furniture should be functional, clean-lined and made of natural wood. The furniture pieces that are used in Japanese Culture are close to the floor and thus impart a centered feel. The decorative elements in natural materials such as bamboo, rice paper, or wood. When it come sleep, the Japanese sleep on the folding mats, called “futon” that are put away into the fitted wardrobe in daytime. Such futon can be replaced by a low wide bed that is more usual for us.
Nowadays tatami mats are used to cover the floor of entire rooms, but long ago, tatami was a luxury and was only used in the areas where people would actually sit. The type of square cushion known as zabuton developed from this practice of sitting on tatami and from the circular cushion known as enza that was used at Buddhist temples. The zabuton was originally a mat made from beautiful cloth, but it came to take its current form in the latter half of the Edo period (1603-1868), when cotton was added.
All of these small pieces Japanese interior design that speaks to its culture and love of nature.