Considered one of the most diverse culture in the world, Asian Culture encompasses a wide spectrum of tradition and way of life from Japanese Zen to the Pious Islamic religion. Discussing it on one go would probably cause mental indigestion so to make things easier to absorb, we’ll only tackle Asian Style as Far Eastern and South East Asian.
Asian style specifically pertaining to Far East and South East Asia may look polar opposites but have similar background, religion, way of life and colonialism. Often times Asian Interiors are philosophical in context and follow rules on space planning, privacy, and material selection.
When we were asked to create an Asian inspired bedroom during our second week in interior styling workshop, I never wanted to stick to one sub-style by creating a purely Balinese room or a Japanese Interior. The challenge of employing the difference of the subcategories in Asian style attracted me particularly with softening the traditional Far East with the relaxed theme of South East.
I specifically chose a high ceiling room with straight to finish cement walls and wooden flooring as my canvas for the exercise. Cement in particular is of Western Style but I was influenced by the purity and minimalism of the works of Tadao Ando, plus the contrast of cement finish enhances the warmth of wood and color of porcelain décor.
Calmness in the interiors is a key element on designing Asian inspired spaces and it is usually shown through the materials used. Natural materials such as wood, stone, grass, clay and fiber are widely used in Asia. Unlike the Western styles however, Asian style does not use these materials in raw or in distressed form because material treatment and construction usually symbolizes value, tradition, power, and must show high form of artistry.
A bamboo wall divider is installed not only to enclose the sleeping area but to create a central axis opposite the full height windows. The bamboo wall serves as a backdrop to the porcelain vases and decorative urn as to symbolize silence, while the full height window with gold colored curtains signify light. This is based on the axis used on Far East where west side is for the night or dead, while the east side is for light or life.
The bed frame is Contemporary Japanese in style with an over sized and intricately carved wooden peacock as its headboard. Peacock is a symbolism for the user as it signifies beauty, rank and dignity, in Ming Dynasty, China.
Rattan is widely used in furniture produced in South East Asia and the addition of the material softens the traditional feeling of the space. The round rattan area rug at the foot of the bed plus the Ibolili lounge chair, Akdeniz Chairside table, and arboleda coffee table adds a rustic touch in the interiors. The autumnal design of the ceiling fan with light gives an additional warmth to the expansive cement wall finish together with the oversized wooden headboard.
To finish of the design are the symmetrically placed tropical plants on both sides of the bed to furnish the royal looking headboard and to add softness and calmness to its grandeur. Tropical plants also create a visual contrast to the simultaneous shift of natural wood and cement finishes.