Extra wide shoji panel with exposed track

I’ll admit it.   I love the simplicity and elegance of great design.  Creative solutions inspire us at Design Shoji, and this seemingly simple project by architect David Leubkeman, AIA is a great example.    David designed an extra wide shoji panel to create an...

Wood – to finish or not to finish?

Some purists would say to put any type of wood finish on a shoji panel is wrong. While I agree a clear finish that enhances the natural beauty of wood is my preference, I have found that often times clients need other options. Probably the most obvious reason is for...

Disappearing shoji doors, tracks and all

As you know, we don’t like to build the same door twice.   Thankfully, we keep getting projects that cause us to stop, pause, and think, think, think.   Recently, we had a real head-scratcher.   The home had a very high angled ceiling, eliminating the...

Jewelry for wood . . .

After my last blog about invisible hardware, I couldn’t resist a paragraph about  “jewelry for wood”.    I have a weakness for beautiful hinges and hardware.   When appropriate, I like to incorporate them into a project for a hidden surprise as you...

GREAT “OOPSES” IN DESIGN SHOJI HISTORY

Ahhh, yes, great moments in our custom shoji business . . . 1) Fabric is that strong? Early in our career we stretched a batik mural Wren made into a softwood shoji frame with minimal grid. It took forever, but when we were finally done it looked great! But the next...