Need an Idée? Inspirations from Japan's Idée Catalogue

Need an Idée? Inspirations from Japan's Idée Catalogue

Grace Shu
May 5, 2009

A friend of ours just moved to Japan and has been on the hunt for stylish--yet small--furniture. His apartment is a mere 320 sq ft, and he's been playing around the idea of creating what he calls, "Scandi Safe Place." We've been batting around a few ideas on how to get that serene, comfortable feeling in a small space (lots of white with accents in saturated color). Luckily, we found Idée, a furniture store in Japan that not only captures that aesthetic, but is tailor-made for Japan's notoriously small homes. We've collected a few of our favorite photos from the catalogue to share....

A favorite color combo: Bright yellow, dark blue-grey, and white....

Using natural light-toned wood for all furniture against a white backdrop is an easy albeit safe way to achieve a calm and earthy look. Given how small our friend's apartment is, we thought this could also be an effective way to make the home seem airy and spacious.

When the home is sparingly furnished, little details become even more significant--even a quirky light fixture makes a statement.

A white background lends itself well to mixing and matching different colors and textures. And speaking of... the retro upholstery on these chairs.

Check out more cool furniture and other offerings at Idée. (Warning: The entire site is in Japanese...)

(Images: Idée)

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