Shoji screens are used everywhere from George Nakashima's Reception House to actor Vincent Kartheiser's tiny Hollywood bungalow, and they remain a time-tested way of allowing light in and keeping clutter behind the scenes. Here are 10 clever ways to show some shoji style.
Abrams' 2011 Artists' Handmade Houses features beautiful images by Don Freeman and text by Michael Gotkin. Here we look at the homes of Russel Wright, Paolo Soleri, and George Nakashima. Nakashima's small kitchen features a cupboard with sliding shoji screens.
The kitchen of architect David Baker's San Francisco home is aligned behind sliding fiberglass-and-bamboo shoji screens. Devoid of cabinetry, the room is fitted out with industrial cantilevered shelving from E-Z Shelving Systems in Kansas City. The red tiles behind the stove are from Heath Ceramics. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.
For Katie and Scott McDonald, moving into a Rhode Island family home meant recasting the previously renovated house as a sanctuary of peaceful, Japanese-inspired design. “The meditation room is where we get our Japanese ya-yas out,” says Scott. “I wanted yukimi, which means ‘snow-viewing,’ shoji screens because they open from the bottom as well as side to side. Glen Collins, a guy in Oakland, California, is the one American I could find whose company makes them.” Photo by John Horner.
Photo by John Horner. Courtesy of COPYRIGHT 2011, JOHN HORNER.
Daisuke Tokuyama told Japanese architect Makoto Tanijiri that he wanted a light-filled home for his family of five—a tall order, considering his narrow property in Hiroshima was boxed in on three sides. To creatively solve the problem, Tanijiri skipped conventional walls altogether and, taking the shoji concept to a new level, wrapped the entire three-story steel structure in polycarbonate plastic. Photo by Toshiyuki Yano.