Sparse without being stark. Tranquil but not bland and boring. Functional and comfortable.
At first thought, when you think of Japan and Scandinavia, you wouldn't think that they have anything in common. These two countries are literally worlds apart from each other, with totally different cultures, languages, diets, religions, etc. However, what they both have in common, is an aesthetic that focuses on simplicity, sustainability, natural elements, and comfort.
By now, you are all probably familiar with Marie Kondo's decluttering advice and have heard of the documentary called "Minimalism. Declutter your space, declutter your life. Be free!
And that is what Japandi stands for. It is more of a lifestyle and philosophy rather than a trend or physical design organization.
It reminds me of what the Scandinavian and Danish cultures refer to as “Hygge”
“A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”