The breath of newness of ethnic furnishing of the house
Nowadays, ethnic furniture is gaining ground in the furnishing of every home, even in the most traditional ones.
In the past, it started with the rare exchanges of goods and products coming from the trips of a very few privileged people to arrive to the present with the globalisation of all and the consequent availability of any kind of idea and furniture piece so that some ethnic objects are more and more present in our houses.
Among the most popular ethnic furniture, you could perhaps start with those inspired by the Japanese style, especially when it comes to architecture itself. In Japan, there is a very strong tradition and attention to house decoration, which is why each material and environment is carefully designed for a perfect harmony between humans and nature.
The Japanese style of furniture is essentially characterised by clean lines, minimal design, the use of natural materials and an extended concept of open space.
The main materials used are wood, straw, stones, fabrics, paper and water. Each environment has its privileged material: in the entrance (genkan) on the floor (tatami, i.e. mats of woven straw), is used. The bathroom (furo) is characterised by stone basins filled with water, free to slide in the ground. In the bedroom the futon is ever present, a bed made from a cotton mattress and a padded mat. The sliding doors are built in a wooden frame and covered with paper or cloth.
Despite the spread of furniture stores in which you can easily find many pieces of ethnic furniture in any price range, if you really want the house to be authentic, it could always be good either to buy smaller pieces directly from local artisans, or at least to have been once to their places of origin in order to understand the inner spirit of the item.
Finally, it is important to have large spaces and avoid putting furniture near other pieces, as well as being able to count on large windows that place the interior in close contact with nature if you want to recreate a truly oriental style.
For a respectable Japanese inspired home, it is impossible not to include a zen garden, which is also characterised by a minimalist design that features plants, stones and fountains. In particular, stones and gravel are symbolic of this type of garden. Often, Japanese gardens in private houses offer an external path made entirely of wood, through the platform.
The natural elements in the zen garden must be prepared in continuity outside the home: water, rocks and plants are the key starting points when composing a perfect zen garden.
Once you have finished the decor, this will be a place where you can create a special balance: in contrast to Western idea of gardens, zen gardens are not designed specifically to accommodate friends or host lunches or dinners, but mainly to provide space for regeneration, so much so that each one of these gardens, furnished and designed in a particular way, has its own specific function.