There's a strong Japanese undercurrent running through a lot of the new season homeware collections and John Lewis, as always, are ahead of the trend with V&A inspired collection
Alongside the key autumn trends that reflect the creature comforts of a woodland, with a hearty rustic feel, there’s another interiors trend emerging with a strong Japanese influence.
In stark contrast to rustic country, there are rich silky textures, fine calligraphy prints, stylised seascapes and graceful crane motifs decorating all manner of homeware.
John Lewis have taken inspiration from the V&A for a new series of decorative pieces. ‘The influence of Japan is far-reaching; from it’s cultural traditions, design, food and craftsmanship. We see Japanese influences in so many aspects of how we think, live and look,’ says Philippa Prinsloo, Head of Design at John Lewis. ‘The V&A has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Japanese art and design so it was really inspiring to explore when designing this collection.’
‘The natural world is central to Japanese aesthetics – during the creative process motifs evolved into geometric patterns that cross from plate to plate (as seen below) or twist and turn in the background of textiles and wallpaper,’ Philippa explains. ‘The designs have been updated through the delicacy and intricacy; the detail, colour and refinement of the pieces. We looked at all objects from as small as a Netsuke to as powerful as the dress of a samurai warrior.’
The Collectors cabinet is a beautiful piece of furniture that emanates Japanese craftsmanship. The rich wood tone is complimented by the brass legs and intricate pattern detailing adding interest to the back.
Display cabinets have been welcomed back into fashion over the past few years, gallantly following the bold drinks trolley. A display cabinet can add a certain air of sophistication to any room, as seen above elegantly displaying the tableware from the new Japanese range.
The tabletop collection features unique illustrations inspired by the V&A art exhibits. The decorative china has a strong sense of Japanese design, seen from the use of the elegant crane which is a mystical creature in Japan, used to symbolise good fortune and longevity.
The key to lighting when it comes to Japanese style is keeping it ambient and mood enhancing at all times, not a spotlight in sight! The light designs themselves can often be large scale but they cleverly conceal bulbs so the light emitted is never bright and always soft so as not to overpower. We love how this stunning light not only gives off an ambient glow, it casts the most impressive silhouette on the surrounding wall while doing so.
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If you’ve been left feeling inspired to embrace a Japanese style for your home, be sure to keep a look out for this new collection. It hits stores and online at the end of this month.