Japanese Interiors

Phaidon. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781838663995. $79.95. INTERIOR DESIGN
Iida (executive features editor, Vogue Japan) aims to show the allure and practicality of minimalist modern and historical Japanese architecture and residential interiors and to dispel misconceptions. Minimalism may bring to mind images of homes that appear to be uninhabited, with bare walls and a noticeable absence of personal belongings. But this book’s gorgeous full-page photos of 28 exemplary residences show that Japanese minimalist design is functional, aspirational, and far from sparse. Nature also influences these interiors: their neutral colors, gardens, indoor/outdoor spaces, and huge picture-windows with breathtaking views. Many of the exteriors are simplistic and blend into their natural surroundings. Much like the plain tan-and-white cover of the book, meant to look like a Japanese paper screen, the simple exteriors of these homes often conceal unexpected beauty inside. The aesthetically pleasing images could serve as inspiration for anyone looking to refresh or redecorate their home.
VERDICT Readers who enjoyed the works of Marie Kondo or jumped on Netflix’s Home Edit craze will be enticed, but this book may be too niche for some public library collections.
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