Nicole Shoptoshvili

The Design Style You need to Know About


Combining Scandinavian minimalist design with Japanese artisanship, Japandi design is here to stay

Is there such a thing as a timeless trend? There are timeless aesthetics—for instance, the functional, practical minimalism inherited from Scandinavian industrial design, or the deep appreciation of nature, transience, and imperfections that has become synonymous with Japanese artisanship.

Together, these two traditions have found a common expression in the Japandi style of interior décor, and luxury real estate buyers, sellers, and professionals are taking notice.

What is Japandi style and why should you care?

Japandi is a portmanteau—Japan plus Scandi. “The current Japandi influence feels like a fresh new incarnation of a centuries-old confluence between these two cultures,” says Michelle St. Clair, Broker Associate with Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage in Los Angeles.

Recently, she has seen a rising demand for Japandi design. So too has Chantel Mehrabanian, Luxury Real Estate Agent with Sotheby’s International Realty – Sunset Strip Brokerage. “The Japandi design trend quickly surged in popularity in the past year as our clients spent more time at home, and sought out functional spaces with sleek, clean lines,” says Mehrabanian.

Japandi design is a sensation, in more ways than one. Not only is it a popular look, but it’s a particular feeling of serenity, simplicity, and comfort.

“Japandi design is intentional—it incorporates elements that exist in nature, with touches of greenery and organic textures to give a home a sense of belonging with its surrounding environment,” explains Mehrabanian. “Unlike other minimalist styles, Japandi adds a distinctive warmth by incorporating natural textures like wood and bamboo.”

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