The difference between Nordic and Japanese furniture

- Mar 05, 2021-

We know the differences between Nordic and Japanese styles. Can we think about it from another angle, why Nordic and Japanese styles are so different?



In fact, Nordic culture and Japanese culture are totally different. There are great differences in the values and lifestyles of the two cultures.

In the concept of political geography, Nordic mainly refers to the five Nordic countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Japan is the political concept of Japan.

The five Nordic countries are close to the Arctic and have a very long winter (8-9 months). In this case, people will have more time to stay in the room, the indoor closed environment will create more psychological pressure, and Northern Europe has always been a high incidence of depression. In this context, Nordic style will generally create a brighter space, emphasize cleanliness, comfort of living environment, and use some bright colors to decorate the environment to avoid pressure.

Compared with other European countries, the geographical location of northern Europe is also relatively remote, and the long winter makes the natural resources limited, so it is in the self-sufficient economic mode for a long time. So northern Europe will use a lot of natural materials for decoration, including plant and animal materials.

Japan is located at the junction of the two plates, with a small land area and frequent earthquake activities. In addition to the severe economic and environmental situation after the war, Japan advocates the maximum use of space and materials, and its design is very regular and simple, so as to avoid the damage caused by too many decorations on the wall.

In the 1930s, Bauhaus's modern functionalism flourished in Stockholm Expo, spread to northern Europe, was absorbed and transformed into more humane, and formed a unique "democratic design" in northern Europe.

After the Second World War, the Nordic countries carried out democratic reforms in varying degrees. The new government vigorously promoted the promotion of functionalist aesthetics among the people, and functionalist aesthetics also penetrated into all aspects of people's lives. In addition to religious reasons, the design of northern Europe also embodies the principle of democracy and equality. "To provide beautiful and practical furniture at a price acceptable to most people" is one of the design concepts of Swedish home brand "IKEA".

Another key point of "democratic design" is that it emphasizes people-centered and advocates that design should not only meet the functional needs, but also meet the emotional needs of users, be closer to life and be committed to enriching life.

Japan is a country that is good at learning and using for reference. Many traditional Japanese style buildings are deeply influenced by the architectural style of Tang and Song dynasties in China. A large number of wood and wood carving are used in architecture, and they are very focused on details.

After Meiji Restoration, Japan began to learn the Western way of life. After World War II, Japan experienced a period of rapid economic development. This period was also a period when Nordic style and minimalism began to influence the world, and also affected Japanese designers who were constantly seeking change.

Japan's large population density also makes the design of Japan pay great attention to the demand of storage, and design a large number of cabinets for storage.

Nordic people's life is natural, informal, and even a little wild. Therefore, Nordic people like natural texture and texture. Rough wood, dried animal skin, skull, and stone can all be used as raw materials for their decoration. Nordic style and Nordic people, there are not too many rules and regulations, pay attention to the simple and casual. There are not only the Nordic myths that have influenced the world, but also the hometown of countless romantic fairy tales.

Japan, as a nation, has a strong sense of crisis and national consciousness. Therefore, Japanese design is often restrained, mainly in light colors, not too many colors, and even a bit rigid. Deeply influenced by Zen culture, Japanese design attaches great importance to "artistic conception", creating a simple and elegant oriental style, maintaining the natural state of the object, paying attention to the functionality as well as the ethereal living atmosphere, and emphasizing people's relaxed state in the space.

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