Carlo Scarpa’s fascination for Japanese heritage is well-known: starting from daily used objects till concrete used in Tadao Ando’s architectures, shapes and materials are used to show their essential characteristics. The aesthetic standard set by the Japanese culture states that the beauty is strictly connected with the intrinsic balance of the objects. That’s an order that comes directly from the natural sphere. A lot of Japanese word refers to natural world and to the seasonal cycle. For example, “komorebi” is the light from the sun that goes through the leaves. That’s a word that resemble a contemplative state, recalling also the important role that light and shade have in the internals of the traditional houses.The intimacy and warmth of the various rooms is given both by the soft light that filters through the wood framed rice paper, and by the naturalness of the traditional rice straw flooring. Wooden platforms, tatami and shoji panels, create a home that does not have a predefined number of rooms. Therefore, the classic geometry of the tatami draws the plan of the room and it’s only needed to slide one or more shoji to change the asset from a large single room to more rooms.
In this way, the house changes configuration accordingly the daily activities. Little number of furniture, essential and functional: starting from the Futon matrass that can be removed after the awakening in order have more space, continuing with the low table kotatsu, a place in which take the tea, and finishing with walls that have bookcases or furnish that host the TV. In particular, the wardrobes are framing a game of full and empty spaces that creates corners of shade.
It is essential that the interior of the home can merge with the garden, in order to recreate a place of peace and tranquility. Light and natural tones prevail, thanks to the use of materials like woods such as bamboo, beech, straw and raffia mats, and a resistant and permeable to light rice paper - washi -.
This last material is largely used in the Japanese craftsmanship: from prints to wind screens, lamps and fans. Distinctive Japanese bright colours and graphics are used on these objects: vivid blues along with bold reds and black traits.
Also white base porcelains and lacquered traditional furniture apply these colours. The motifs portrayed are natural elements that remind us of the union between daily life, nature and spirituality: flowers, landscapes, small animals. All is aimed at the creation of an environment that reflects our truest and deepest image, giving our reason for being, called ikigai.
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