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5 reasons to own our 2018 trends issue

#HLTrendsIssue The Jan/Feb trends issue of House and Leisure has just hit shelves, and it's a must-have. This edition goes way beyond a list of hot items to look out for in 2018. Of course, we give you that as well, but we also explain why we'll be following and implementing these trends. Between the covers you'll also find everything you need to know about the country of the moment, Japan, as well as loads of inspiration and advice for living in style. Keep reading for a sneak peek at our much-anticipated #HLTrendsIssue.

read the 2018 trend report

We round up the newest trends in decor, design and leisure that the new year will bring. From furniture, colours and patterns to cars, lifestyle, architecture, fashion and dining, this issue is your go-to guide to what's hot in 2018. Turn to page 31 to read all about it.

see inspiring homes around the world

We go inside the design-driven Constantia home of design mavens Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Southern Guild on page 52. Encompassing creativity, comfort and the capers of children, the historical homestead has room for both contemporary design and family life, without looking like a museum. On page 62, the sustainable family home in Tokyo of art director and designer Hidenori Kondo and his wife Ayumi showcases an interesting use of materials and a relaxed environment. However, it's the home's symbiotic relationship with its environment that really sets it apart. On page 70, a revamped Johannesburg home combines classic and contemporary elements for a pared-down yet elegant aesthetic. And our fourth featured home on page 78 mixes modern design, characterful vintage finds, intriguing artworks and a discerning colour palette – this 19th-century apartment in Berlin offers a calm homecoming for its nomadic owner.

explore three must-see spots in Japan

Whether you want to experience contemporary culture, explore ancient temples or race down some of this country's top ski slopes, we bring you the best that Japan has to offer on page 90. Discover where to get Michelin-starred sushi in Tokyo, try the best after-dinner sake experience in Kyoto and mix hot and cold with ski slopes and onsens (hot springs) in Niseko.

discover how to prepare crudo

Culinary artist Caro de Waal showed off her skills in our #HLLuxuryIssue and now she's back to impress yet again, this time with fresh and beautiful crudo (Italian for raw fish) on page 94. While sashimi appreciates the purity of masterfully sliced fish, crudo is very ingredient-driven, and the real magic is in the oil used. Find all the recipes you need to master the art of crudo this summer.

learn the basics of bonsai

The fascinating Japanese art of bonsai calls for a love of growing tiny plants, some measure of artistic ability and patience aplenty. On page 102, Henk Swanepoel's outdoor pop-up shop Bonsai Studio celebrates the ancient craft in an urban context..