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Japanese Product Designs that showcase why they are the ultimate design inspiration

The Japanese style of design has taken over the world by storm, ever since it was discovered by the rest of us! There’s something surreal and relaxing about Japanese-inspired products and architecture, that just makes us want to introduce some minimalism into our lives. Whether it comes to the architecture of homes, furniture, kitchen appliances or even shoes we’ve got you covered with a collection of innovative Japanese designs!

Product designer Yoh Komiyama collaborated with Tokyo-based Rinn to create the NEKO Cat Tree.  Wood sourced from the forests in the Hida region of Japan was used to craft the series of dowels that make up the majority of the column. The ancient Japanese technique Dabo was used to create this piece!

Made from a single board of bamboo plywood, the OO stool is CNC machine-cut in a way that integrates every single aspect of the stool into its design. Everything you need to build the OO Stool sits within that flat-packed jigsaw-puzzle of bamboo pieces, minimizing waste by using as much negative space as possible.

Opening up like a Japanese fan, this chair by Raw-Edges uses angled “blades” to turn the fan into a chair. A zip on the back, and an elegant clasp on the front lock the chair in seating-mode. Once done, you can immediately collapse it back into a closed fan.

Teaming up with the renowned Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma, ASICS unveiled an edition of the Metaride, an all-white running shoe with a pattern inspired by Japanese Yatara bamboo-weaving, on the shoe’s body. Kuma relied on the age-old technique of Yatara to provide aesthetic dynamism as well as a comfortable fit.

The Magemono Tumbler comes made with a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel, and a Magemono Japanese cedar wood sleeve around the outside, in signature fashion. The Magemono Bread Tray, a fir tree crafted thin tray (available in two sizes) is perfect for meals, especially for the breakfast sandwich, paired with a nicely brewed cup of coffee.

Japanese brand INAX created this collection of bathroom fixtures including sinks, showers, toilets, bath taps, and tiles as an ode to Japanese designs, culture, and traditions. This is as minimal and visually pleasing as it gets!

The Low Table IV by Kai Takeshima has a little secret! Once you lift the tabletop, you can easily access a compact storage space, add its wooden Japanese-inspired aesthetics to the mix, and it could be the perfect minimal addition to your living space.

These Japanese bed joiners by Todo Wood are the perfect combination of cool stone and warm wood and will add an ideal touch of minimalism to your bedroom. However, be careful not to stub your toe against them!

This private residence by architecture firm 07BEACH incorporates a double-height living room with an indoor tree growing at its center. Built for a family of five, the house is designed as one big space so that the parents can keep an eye on their three little children as they constantly move around. It’s the perfect integration of the outdoors with the indoors!

The Foldable Gas Stove Cover Tower by Yamazaki Home converts your stove into a storage or work space! You can simply fit it on top of your stove, and carry on with your cooking prep while creating extra kitchen space!

Mitsubishi’s Bread Oven is in a league of its own with a promise to serve you ‘the perfect toast’ in true Japanese style! Mimicking a waffle maker, the toaster looks like it’s come straight out of the ’80s with its retro-esque veneer brown look. Built with a sealed thermal-insulated structure, it can toast your bread without releasing any moisture, ensuring the bread is soft, fluffy and far from being dry.

Check out more such satisfying and minimal Japanese Designs here!

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