Eastern philosophy: how to translate Japanese minimalism into design
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Deep awareness of space, striving for visual lightness and simplicity are rooted in the religion and culture of the Land of the Rising Sun, in the way of life of the Japanese and their worldview. The Universe as a single space with absolute harmony of man and the world around him, with the endowment of spirituality in every thing and every object. It is this perception that underlies the modular architecture, which considers the entire space as a set of zones - ordered modules, each of which has its own place and purpose.

Such principles are inherent not only in spaces in oriental style, but also in the most modern premium interiors, be it minimalism, hi-tech, contemporary, loft, constructivism or eco-style.

A special place in any interior is occupied by a bathroom or a relaxation area as a place to recuperate, calm and harmonize thoughts. When working on the interior, it is important not only to compose a composition of a number of necessary items, but to comprehend it in order to get an organic space, regardless of whether it is a small room with a shower in an apartment building or a generous square meter bathroom with a spa area and a swimming pool.

The Ryo Kan Spa Hotel in Mexico City, Nobu Shoreditch restaurants in London and Tsukimi in Manhattan, private homes in California and wabi-sabi villas in southern Europe - the so-called Japonisme, the introduction of Japanese culture in the West, is gaining momentum. Laconic on the outside, this style is filled with values that have developed over the centuries and is permeated with a philosophical perception of life.

One of the most expressive design tricks for Japanese-style bathroom or swimming pool spaces is the use of sliding window panes that separate the space, allow natural light to enter and provide scenic views, blurring the line between humans and nature.

Such a style solution is possible only if there are high-quality materials that can withstand high humidity without losing functionality and retaining their original appearance. The Russian company Concept M produces innovative Wood & Washi window decoration systems, which have already gained popularity in the market of exclusive designer interiors. They are created from Japanese Washi paper using a unique technology that combines advanced Dutch developments and Japanese traditions: they used it to produce shoji or fusuma screens, which are famous in oriental culture - translucent partitions that divide the interior space of the house into separate zones.

Washi paper is made from the bark of the bark of the Japanese kozo shrub - durable and resistant not only to high humidity, but also to temperature extremes and mechanical damage. The natural origin of raw materials guarantees absolute environmental friendliness, which is an important element of modern interior design, and also supports the most important "green" trend of today all over the world. Thanks to their water repellent properties and stainless steel fastening system, Wood & Washi curtains are ideal for framing an indoor pool in a country house. Created exclusively to order, innovative panels can be designed in any size to seamlessly integrate into a wide variety of spaces - from the most modest to the vast. When decorating a bathroom with windows, paper curtains will be the best solution, replacing blinds or fabric curtains, which are inappropriate in areas with high humidity. The same advantages make the Wood & Washi system indispensable in decorating spa areas with a sauna and hammam, where less technological developments cannot cope with an abundance of steam. And another advantage of curtains is their hypoallergenicity, which is very valuable in the so-called bath rooms, when, under the influence of heat and steam, the skin of the body becomes as sensitive as possible.

The capabilities of the system allow at the same time to reliably isolate the recreation area from the surrounding space and open a beautiful view from the windows, while giving all the advantages of natural light. The fragmented design of the curtains will help you adjust the lighting level to your liking: individual blocks can be moved vertically, opening and closing the parts of the windows that you need. And, finally, a neutral palette of colors and a pleasant-looking and tactile texture, reminiscent of wood or stone, will easily fit into any design space with an eco-friendly attitude and a desire for harmony and spiritual purity. As the Russian designer and decorator Irakli Zariya says, the East is not just a direction in the interior, it is more of a philosophy that expresses the attitude to the interior as a functional "clean" space. It seems that this approach can be applied to any modern space, if you approach its design as consciously as the Japanese know how to do it.

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