RL Picks: Japanese Minimalist Style

Find the perfect pieces for a simple but beautiful home

Photography: Pat Martires Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave

Enter a humble apartment in Japan and you will see a barebones setting of the most basic furniture in quiet, natural colors. The overall look is modern, urban, and at the same time indicative of their culture. This is because Japanese minimalism stems from Zen philosophy, wherein simplicity is not only a visual quality, but also an idea wherein objects are reduced to its purest, most effective forms.

If you want to have a minimalist room, offset the unfussiness of the furnishings with a play of textures and materials. 

Read the original article ("Truly Asia”) in the August 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

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Side Table with Drawer, P8,500

Bone China Tea Pot, P1,550

Bone China Cup and Saucer, P465

Flat Square Cushion, P1,250

Blue Scarf, P1,850

Slippers, P875

Brown Indian Cotton Soft Rug, P8,250


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