Japanese Interior / August 6, 2018 / Khloe Stclair.
Traditional Japanese tables are typically low to the ground and are either round or rectangular. The most common types of these tables are known as, and their little legs can collapse for easy portability and storage.
When dining, members of the family and dinner guests are seated upon comfortable cushions called zabuton. They may also sit right on the tatami mats, but there are specified ways of sitting which are dictated by the formality of the dinner. For example, the position of kneeling, called seiza, is used for more formal occasions, while in more casual settings, the men are permitted to sit cross-legged.
Restaurants, such as the one seen in the following photo, are also locations in which guests are seated on a zabuton with a small, low-legged table.
Another type of table that has made its way into the Japanese home is the elegant yet simple coffee table, which is also low-legged and most commonly rectangular. The coffee table seen in the next photo is minimal in style but calls attention to the natural, earthy feel of the wood. It is not covered by many objects so that its unaltered beauty can be the spotlight of the room.
Here, we see the use of lying and yang with the color contrast of a pale blue against the glossy black finish. The delicate flower patterns are also contrasted with the simplicity of the model of the coffee table and offer the pale blue as one of the primary colors to tie the room together.