On Asian design principles crossing over with the Scandinavian aesthetic:
I think there are some common design principles. We are both extremely good when it comes to size and function. As there aren't many square meters of space in an average Japanese home, space needs to be very well used and that certainty demands an interior plan with a sense of function and logic. I think the Scandinavian way of thinking is more or less the same, and I think IKEA is a good example of just that.
Aesthetic-wise, we both share a love of materials and craftsmanship. I think that the whole Danish modern furniture wave in the ´50s and ´60s in was built upon Japanese tradition. What they did back then was to modernize Japanese principles, giving them the Scandinavian look.