5 Principles of Japanese/South Korean Furniture Design

4月 12, 2021    454

Zhejiang Export Commodity Online Fair 2021

Home Furniture Session
Japan and Korea Markets Targeted

From April 10th to 20th, the April session from Zhejiang Export Commodity Online Fair sets its focus on the neighboring Japanese and South Korean markets, products such as chair, table, cabinet, shelf, stool, dresser, couch, folding screen, bed, mattress, sofa and furniture set etc., can be found in the online showrooms from 50 Zhejiang suppliers.

It’s not hard to notice the numerous similarities in living habits among people in China, Japan and South Korea, because of the close ties between neighboring countries. When we talk about Japanese/South Korean design, the first thing we notice is how it fuses both traditional design and modern principles of design. However, its design style also incorporates numerous other styles and elements that make it difficult to integrate into a simple definition.

Zhejiang furniture manufactures exhibiting in this session have been constant players in supplying various furniture products to Japan and Korea markets. In this blog, we will organize the principles that are common features of Japanese/South Korean interior design, and also recommend some good fits to all Japanese and South Korean furniture enthusiast:

1. A bit… more SPACE

Space is probably something one is craving for in countries (such as Japan and South Korea) with high population density and limited land area. Fold-able and extendable furniture is the resourceful to help layering the limited space.

Therefore, efficient use of resources is a fundamental part of Japanese/South Korean culture, and foldaway furniture is the answer where space is at the premium.


Standing Desk Frame ET120

The Loctekmotion ET120 combines an office desk & drafting table in one. This makes it easy to incorporate into any office or home environment.

2. Natural Material Is The Core

Both traditional and modern Japanese interiors incorporate natural materials such as fine woods, bamboo, silk, etc. It’s not fragile as glass nor cold as metal. As a matter of fact, natural furniture is the suitable carrier and embodiment of “Wabi – Sabi”, which is a simple and plain style that is much pursued by most Japanese.


Two Pieces Table


Bamboo Dining Table & Cabinets

3. The Art of Simplicity

Because both Japanese and South Korean culture values simplicity, rooms that are designed with a Japanese/South Korean style always have an uncluttered appearance and are always decorated sparingly.






Executive Table

4. The Essential Use of Subdued Colors

As mentioned above for the pursue of natural materials, Japanese and South Koreans interior design often uses the natural colors of materials such as wood, bamboo, paper and rice straw, instead of relying on stains or paints.



5. Privacy & Seclusion

Japanese/South Korean culture values privacy and seclusion. Traditional Japanese interiors incorporate different styles of screens that allow light into a room while offering privacy for different intimate social activities.

TIANYUAN MINGQING – “MU54-01-Wrought Iron Screen”

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