Global Architecture: Japanese Style

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Hello LDV readers! Brendan here of (BAD) Blog About Design…Japanese architecture has seen many changes throughout the centuries. Traditionally Japanese architecture featured wooden structures that were slightly elevated off the ground and had a tiled or thatched roof. During the 19th century, Japan was heavily influenced by Western architecture. (ABOVE) This photograph of the Japanese mountains and pagoda is absolutely breathtaking! In traditional Japanese architecture, the roof is a dominant feature. The roof extends several feet beyond the walls, therefore, shielding one from weather related events. (BELOW 1) This pagoda is set behind much green surroundings. Pagoda’s are Buddhist temples and very popular throughout Japan. The gold really stands out against the green surroundings, how relaxing! (BELOW 2) Tokyo is famous for its modern architecture. I have never been to Tokyo, if you have been I’d love to hear your experiences! Are you a fan of traditional or modern Japanese architecture?
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The Fashion: For the looks above, I was inspired by both traditional and modern Japan. The One by dress, is very in line with traditional Japan. Traditional structures in Japan are usually surrounded by nature. The dress’s butterfly design is prefect! If modern Japan is more for you, then the BB Dakota dress is the right choice. It features a natural print, the shorter length and bodice is very modern. You can pair either dresses with a great pair of purple sandals. I love these Elizabeth and James one’s as they are simple and a beautiful color. Which piece is your favorite?
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(ABOVE 3) The tree to the right of the photograph is so architectural, it almost reminds me of a pagoda! Isn’t Japan just gorgeous? (THE DESIGN PIECES) For the above pieces I was inspired by traditional Japanese design. The 19th Century tray is from Yale Burge. The detailing is impeccable. The 1900 Mt. Fuji writing box is from Erick Thomsen. The box would look great on a coffee table with a few other accessories. The ceramic bowl is from Wyeth, I love its simplicity. Which piece is your favorite?

Brendan

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  1. Traditionally, Japanese roofs are slightly shaped into curving triangles. This design is used to construct pagodas – the most recognizable forms of Japanese architecture throughout history. The roofs are designed with wide overhangs, which make it a unique piece of roof structure. Also, it is extremely sturdy and earthquake resistant.