Minimalism, tranquility and connection to nature - the word on everybody’s lips is Japandi.
Deriving – as the name cleverly suggests – from both Japan and Scandinavia, the popular interior-design style fuses together the concepts of East and West into one wonderfully calming aesthetic.
What is Japandi?
Originating back in the 19th century after Danes began crossing the newly-opened borders of Japan, Japandi is a minimalist ode to simplicity, natural materials, clean lines and quality craftsmanship. It achieves a peaceful balance between simple pleasures (hygge) and the embracing of imperfections (wabi sabi), forming spaces which are functional and cozy, but also spacious and uncluttered. With wood, linen, cotton, rattan, stone and paper as the dominating materials, Japandi interiors are warm canvases to be adorned by a minimalist selection of carefully curated artworks.
THE SKATEROOM editions are perfect statement pieces to compliment your Japandi interior – adding an element of tasteful individuality, yet without disrupting the flowing harmony of the space.
How to choose the right art edition for your space?
One of the backbones of the Japandi aesthetic is wood – usually in light hues, with soft edges and a symmetry that’s relaxing to the eye. Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with this stylistic brief, with a focus on materials which are natural and organically-sourced. Our skateboard art editions check those boxes in an instant – we work exclusively with Grade A Maple from certified sustainable forests in Canada and use water-based ink for our prints.
When it comes to design and color palette – we leave this up to your creative expression. However, for a true Japandi effect, it is best to gravitate towards collections with a toned color hue (beige, white, pastels), minimalist imagery and natural motifs.
To facilitate your design choices, we have curated a selection of four Japandi-friendly skateboard art editions. Each of them serves as an eye-catching statement, yet without dominating over the rest of the space and contributing instead to the overall synergy of the interior.
Miss Margaret, 2016 is a wonderful example of Nara’s portraiture, showing how his studio in Nasushiobara, which overlooks the area’s deeply verdant landscape, can influence the surroundings of his subjects. Many of the paintings Yoshitimo Nara created since moving into this new environment in 2005 saw the increased use of multi-layered color, especially in the eyes of his characters. The backgrounds, like this one, are reminiscent of Mark Rothko’s saturated canvases – and we can see those green shades of Nasushiobara in all their glory.
DRY LAND (HAHAHA PAINTING)
Black letters reading HAHAHA bluntly hover over an arid landscape, the ground is broken up, nothing grows anymore. Claudia Comte combines comic language with the aesthetics of mass production to foreground a pervasive cultural effect of our times in the sensation of ecological anxiety.
“JA SAARBRÜCKEN WÄRE NETT”
One of a kind, and released as part of a collection of 10 unique original artworks, this piece was created using Gregor Hildebrandt’s signature rip-off technique. Working with strands of pre-recorded tape, the artist coats one skateboard with an adhesive, gluing down the strands lengthways up the skateboard’s face. He then peels each piece off one-by-one, sticking it onto another skateboard to create a “negative”. The positive and negative skateboards are both available, and each artwork is named with the song recorded onto the tape used in its creation in mind. In this case, the song is Die Ärtze by Madonnas Dickdarm, prompting the lyrically inspired name “JA SAARBRÜCKEN WÄRE NETT”.
SELF-PORTRAITS (BLUE – 03)
Introducing the first limited collection of 100 Self-Portraits editions, in partnership with The Brant Foundation. Each edition within the collection is one of a kind, with its own color hue and a unique Andy Warhol polaroid photograph at its center. The edition comes in a premium aluminum box assembled in Brussels.