At NW3, we are already looking forward to 2018. Before we know it, we’ll be surrounded by a sea of cherry trees and the beautiful pink shades of the legendary Cherry Blossom. We have the unique opportunity to travel to Japan and explore the world of Japanese art and design. Aside from picnicking under a sky of cherry blossom, we’ve also got exciting plans to explore the culture behind the growing influence of Japanese art in the interior design world. We’re looking forward to:

  • Glamping at the Hoshinoya Fuji resort in Yamanashi. We’re spending 5 nights at the resort, surrounded by beautiful scenery.

 

  • Taking the bullet train to Kyoto, where we will be staying at a picturesque retreat in the city. Here, we have the opportunity to celebrate the unique designs and landscaped grounds of Arashiyama.

  • Hopping back on the bullet train to Hakone to visit the incredible temples the city has to offer.

  • Eventually arriving at Hoshinoya Tokyo where we will be staying. Here, we will have the pleasure of experiencing the authentic, Japanese ryokan hospitality.

 

Not only does this trip allow us to indulge in the luxuries that Japan has to offer, it gives us a chance to explore the world of Japanese art and design. Japanese influence is appearing far more in the interior design world. Brands are starting to incorporate Japanese design into their interior collections, combining it with Italian manufacture craftsmanship. Together, the two aesthetics create some astonishingly beautiful effects.

For instance, take a look at the Fidelio Lamp by Roberto Lazzeroni. The geometric features and line precision highlight its elegance and the beauty of its simple structure. The same clean, linear elegance is evident in Lazzeroni’s Fidelio Small Tables. Paired with the Fidelio Lamp, the tables create a fresh, modern space. Or, take the Pendant by Gaia – a chandelier so unique and exquisite, it becomes a centre piece in any room. In these pieces, we see the combination of eastern and western aesthetics.

This takes us back to last week’s exhibition, ‘East Meets West’ at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour. The exhibition looked at how Eastern styles are favourable in the West and are a major influence in interior designing. Visitors could immerse themselves in Japanese art, talks and workshops exploring how the East and West come together to bring something new and innovative to the world of design. From tea sets and Samurai armoury to paintings and scientific instruments, Antiques Young Guns displayed how Eastern aesthetic is still extremely appealing and pleasing to us in the West.

Our trip to Japan is a chance for us to discover how their unique aesthetic meets Western aesthetic to create such a popular trend and how the two influences can create such beautiful designs. We look forward to sharing our journey with you.