Bring elements of Japanese-style minimalism home with these key pieces

In cities like Singapore and Tokyo, homes are getting more compact and stress levels are high. Counter the negative effects of the fast pace of urban life by bringing balance and harmony into the home with minimalist, Japanese-influenced interiors, as inspired by Zen principles.

But this doesn’t mean aesthetic deprivation or an austere interior; this style puts emphasis on going back to the basics. Keep the interior neat and streamlined while embracing what is natural, flaws included. 

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Arflex Elettra chair, shown here with other Arflex furniture

Key elements of this Japanese-inspired minimalist look include the use of minimal decoration, combined with a palette of light and earthy tones to create a bright and airy feel.

Available at Space Furniture.

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Newbridge sofa by Carlo Colombo with Bangkok ottoman and Jiff side tables

A sofa in a light upholstery fabric complements the minimalist look; such as this Newbridge sofa from Flexform. Its balanced proportions are paired with elegant piping; its generously padded cushions and seats also create an enveloping effect.

Available at Flexform.

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Molteni&C Woody chair by Francesco Meda

This chair from Molteni&C also puts emphasis on simple, natural materials, such as light wood and raw stone.

Available at P5

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E15 Shahnaz sideboard

Pieces such as the Shahnaz sideboard from E15 celebrate the rugged beauty of natural materials. This wall-mounted modular sideboard is made in walnut or oak wood, with a choice of either an oiled or waxed finish.

Available at P5 Studio.

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Mater Anniversary collection stool by Space Copenhagen

Focus on furniture pieces with unembellished geometry—this is typically conveyed through linear forms and streamlined silhouettes, as evident in the Mater stool designed by Space Copenhagen and the MHC.2 bookcase crafted by Yasuhiko Itoh for Molteni&C.

Available at P5 Studio.

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Molteni&C MHC.2 bookcase by Yasuhiko Itoh

The brainchild of Japanese design Yasuhiko Itoh, the MHC.2 bookcase was first produced in 1959 and celebrated for its innovative use of curved wood. Its timeless look endures; after a limited edition run of 100 pieces produced by Molteni&C, this shelf is now available as a standard, non-numbered piece in a walnut finish. 

Available at P5. 

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Montana Free shelving system

Pick out sleek, versatile pieces that maximise the use of space, such as the Montana Free shelving system, which features a streamlined profile.

Available at P5 Studio.