Interior design is a concept not too many outside of the profession can execute perfectly. Learning what designs work best within any given space is something that can take a long time to master and creating sensible style can take even longer than that. For Ikuhiro Yamagata however, the practice is as easy as going for a walk.
Ikuhiro Yamagata is a well-known figurehead in the world of interior design in Japan. As his rise in popularity increases so does his clientele as many people open their eyes to the beauty of the Japanese style of design. Yamagata has found fame with the influence and inspiration that he draws from the Japandi style of design. Japandi is a style that mixes concepts and designs from both Japanese influences and Scandinavian influences hence: Japandi. While by no means geographically close, the two styles of design draw from a lot of the same concepts and fundamentals that we see incorporated in Japandi. Yamagata utilizes the style as the framework for all his designs. The main concept he follows is that of simplicity. Clean lines, natural elements, and nature toned colors make up the basis of Yamagata’s style.
What sets Yamagata apart from the competition is his careful attention to detail. His process takes into account both the room he is decorating and the lifestyle of the client he is working with. The creation process is a collaboration between the Yamagata and the client. He emphasizes the care that goes into the design process. His clients are asked to the imagine the kind of life they want to live within the space they’re decorating. While design is mostly an aesthetic process it should also be functional, a room that looks nice means nothing if it can’t accommodate the lifestyle of the person living in it. Once Yamagata is clear on the idea of the client, then the design process can begin
Japandi incorporates nature into all aspects of its design. Tones of browns and greens and elements of wood or bamboo are often present in any piece of furniture that is placed in the room. Again, simplicity is key. Japandi is a minimalistic style that is used to enhance any space. With the rise in popularity that minimalism has had in during the pandemic, Yamagata hopes that Japandi will expand to homes all over the globe.