The Japandi Edit
Six items to help you live your best life by harnessing the power of Japanese simplicity and Scandinavian style.
Published 10 August

With MUJI bringing a new simplicity into the fold of the Monaro Mall this month, we find ourselves increasingly drawn to elegant and highly functional items designed to help declutter one’s wardrobe, living space and mind. As proven by the Japandi movement currently sweeping Australian interior design, combining sleek and sparing Japanese design with no-nonsense Scandinavian craftsmanship can open up a whole new level of sophistication. Here we collect six pieces from some of the world’s most coveted brands that channel Japandi style in the best possible way, all available exclusively at Canberra Centre.

Men’s OGC Convertible Collar Coat | MUJI

As winter edges into spring, throwing on this organic cotton coat over your suit jacket or casual threads to fend off an unexpected chill is effectively broadcasting to the world that you’ve got life figured out. Available in MUJI’s classic charcoal grey as well as beige and navy, with fly-front covered wooden buttons and a collar that looks smart worn open or closed, this versatile garment is ideal for minimalist travel.

Design House Stockholm Wick Chair | top3 by design

This modular-shell oak chair imported from the Ikea-birthing province of Småland is ideal for those who enjoy their avant-garde aesthetics backed up by a strong heritage of craftsmanship. While the airy, plaited design evokes the woodchip-weave baskets depicted in traditional Swedish Christmas card scenes, the solid wood frame and tubular legs ensure total stability.

Danish Design Stainless Steel Women’s Watch | Arnold and Co Jewellers

In addition to an unrivalled jewellery design service, the team at Arnold and Co is known for sourcing pens and timepieces of distinction like this minimalist leather-banded beauty inspired by the pristine landscape of Scandinavia. With its non-obstructive face, simple two-hand dial and Japanese quartz movement renowned for accuracy and low maintenance, less is definitely more with this analog accessory.

AirPod Earbuds | Apple

Designed to put an end to tangled-cord nightmares and Bluetooth stuttering, these distinctive wireless earbuds come with a best-in-class charging case and superb vocal clarity. A tiny sensor allows you to pause and restart your music simply by removing or replacing one earbud, and a double-tap will activate Siri for voice call activation. With their space-age aesthetic and four-to-five hours of listening time on a single charge, these are set to stun.

Tatcha One-Step Cleansing Oil | Mecca Maxima

If you’re looking for a multitasking cleanser that passes the white towel test after one rinse of your makeup while also giving your skin a hit of hydration and antioxidants, try this Japanese camellia seed oil-based option. Inspired by the beauty routine of Kyoto’s geishas, Tatcha’s bestselling fragrance-free cleanser harnesses the skin-renewing power of Mozuku algae and Uji green tea to leave your face as soft as silk.

Men’s Car Coat | H&M

Due in store late August, this pared-back polyester-blend garment from Swedish fashion giant H&M is the splash-resistant coat style of the moment. With its single back vent and slight sheen, this is a mac for the minimalist dresser who appreciates sleek lines, crisp fabrics and 20th-century fashion made new again.

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