A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi

By Koji Yagi

Jam-packed with stylish designs and smart guidance, A jap contact in your Home deals daring and interesting rules for reworking your place or adorning your condominium. the writer, architect Koji Yagi, explains the elemental parts of eastern inside layout and exhibits you the way to take advantage of them.

Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal parts of eastern inside design-and see how fantastically they reply to the Western domestic. swap the scale and form of a room simply and tastefully with bamboo displays and movable walls. construct an easy Japanese-style alcove, beautify it with anything targeted, after which flaunt it. attempt a few jap lighting fixtures techniques-low, smooth, and gorgeous. switch the temper of a room, and alter your manner of issues.

A jap contact to your Home comprises even more. sensible, approachable, and genuine, it's written through a admired eastern architect concerned with the calls for of latest existence, and the solutions that conventional jap layout has to supply.

Over one hundred twenty colour plates taken by means of a number one jap photographer accompany the expert textual content. furthermore, over 2 hundred black and white sketches, flooring plans, and a bit on selfmade initiatives make this a booklet that would pique your wish to be inventive after which assist you satisfy it. a pragmatic consultant for householders, inside designers, and those that prefer to paintings with their heads and their fingers, this booklet will introduce you to a brand new approach to life.

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Although not as sturdy as iron lattices, the wooden variety found in Japan provided adequate security as well as another source of interior decoration, especially in contrast to white shoji doors and naturalcolored walls. If the latticed screen is badly deployed, the protective quality is emphasized. It is thus best deployed as an internal partition (for which a wide lattice is recommended). Alternatively, it may be deployed as mere decoration. A more unusual use is to create a stairway effect of lattice and hang this between the kitchen and the living room.

51. Shoji, a hallmark of Japanese interior design, goes well with any decor. Here it handsomely complements the leather furniture, glass-top coffee table, brass chandelier, and beige carpeting. 53. By simply raising the level of one half of this room and laying tatami down with a few cushions, a Japanesestyle living space is easily created. The kitchen is in the other half of this room. 52. Displaying its marvelous adaptability, the shoji in this room responds beautifully to the natural wood floor and ceiling and wood furniture.

In contrast, furniture and decoration in the Japa­ nese-style room are kept to a bare minimum. The tatami in the room gives it a somewhat formal air so that it is often reserved for use as a drawing room, a guest room, or, as will be discussed later, a kind of retreat within the home. For many Japanese, a simple, uncluttered tatami room does-wonders for the soul. Natural Colors, Natural Materials The raw materials used in Japanese architecture give rooms quiet, subdued tones. In principle, the floor is laid with tatami of fragrant, light green rush; walls are made of paper (when, for example, shoji are used), wood, or natural-colored clay; and the ceiling constructed of wood or bamboo.

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