A 19th-century Japanese Mizuya is wall mounted and split into two sections to act as upper and lower cabinets in this Asian-inspired kitchen. Custom cabinetry mimics the style of the client's prized tansu chest in the adjacent dining room.
A step up in book storage, these Japanese-inspired “Tansu Stairs” were designed by Steven Ehrlich, FAIA - Ehrlich Architects and hand crafted by David Albert. They’re set in a sustainable residence just one kilometer from the Pacific Ocean, and are built to reflect the bohemian spirit of Venice, Calif. A staircase bookcase is a great space saver in a home like this one, built on a narrow lot.
Maintaining a mantra of "go big or go home," Antonio Ballatore, former HGTV Design Star contestant and host of HGTV's The Antonio Project, takes ordinary rooms and makes them wow-worthy. Case in point: this Japanese-inspired master bedroom that features a 3D painted wall mural and a three-panel Asian screen design. The peaceful blue wall color and grass-cloth wallpaper with Japanese waves bring a beach theme to the space. The bed has drawers underneath for extra storage.
The master bathroom’s two trough vessel sinks with an asymmetrical oval basin are made from natural stone and etched with Japanese kimono-inspired textural patterns highlighted by a subtle champagne-gold metallic finish. The stylish sinks are paired with tall height vintage artisan-inspired top-mount handle faucets with a vibrant brushed nickel finish and temperature memory that allows the faucet to be turned on and off at any temperature setting.
Washing state woodworkers birdloft created this mod-inspired coffee table with a twist. The wood is burned using a Japanese technique called Shou sugi ban that brings out the wood's natural grains and patterns.
Even if you haven't yet seen Yayoi Kusama's museum exhibition Infinity Mirrors touring major American art museums (Atlanta's High Museum is its next stop November 18, 2018), you undoubtedly know of Kusama's beloved work from Instagram and Pinterest. The 89-year-old Japanese artist is known for her polka dot patterned sculptures and installations which inspired this cute leather change purse, your chance to own something from one of the most important living Japanese artists. $100
Enter designer Richard Rabel, who transformed the space into a luxe entryway. His aesthetic was inspired by memories of chasing peacocks around his grandparents’ property as a child. Here, lush hues of blue and green paired with metallic golds and silvers create a moody and modern space. Organic motifs in the Japanese style pull the whole look together.
A tucked-away niche in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014, Dad's Honey Hole is designer Sunny K. Merry's nod to the private bar of days gone by. Inspired by a veteran of foreign walls, the room includes wallpaper depicting pin-up girls, an Art Deco-era mirror from Paris and a Japanese puffer fish pendant light.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
From this view, guests can see that the lake house takes cues from both Japanese and regional Adirondack styles. The towering architecture and curved overhangs were inspired by the former and evoke a sense of quiet tranquility, while the rugged materials -- in line with Adirondack tradition -- help the home complement its surroundings.
Okinawa-based Kathryn Baugher of Up To Date Interiors created a setting inspired by Japanese culture in a palette of wine hues and metallics. This layered look combines textures and textiles to add interest and depth. Thrifted bamboo-patterned silverware and napkins styled to look like bows add fanciful flair.