What makes a perfect shoji door?

At Design Shoji, we turn “your perfect shoji” ideas into reality.  Sometimes that may be a traditional looking shoji panel.   Or, it may be a intricate open gridwork door.  Or perhaps a hand-painted fabric insert?  You will find all sorts of opinions about...

Where have all the heirlooms gone?

Seems like every time we turn around there is another agency suggesting more regulations about what we do, how we do it, and questioning if we are “green” enough.  In today’s global economy, I agree that it is more important than ever to share our...

The old and the new…

Just for fun I’m posting a picture taken by my youngest daughter.   This project was originally completed 15 years ago, before she was born.  I recently went to replace the insert in one of the shoji screens with her assistance.  I’m grateful for the...

Will shoji look good with . . ?

People often ask us if shoji will look good in their home, especially when they do not have an Asian-themed room. Our answer? “Yes!” Shoji will enhance any setting with their graceful lines and timeless appeal. Just as no two shoji that we make are ever...

To batik or not to batik?

Batik, “an Indonesian method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be undyed.” (New Oxford American Dictionary) This is one way we produce custom artwork for your shoji panels. Wren works with you...

Installing Design Shoji panels

Here’s an installation I did recently, photos courtesy of Wren, Olivia and Hana.   Of note is a custom dark walnut finish to match existing trim, and some very long fascia and tracks. A special thank you to our client for permitting us to use these photographs....

Mistaken Identity

I confess it is impossible for me to keep up in this technological age.  I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to keep straight all the information I can find out on the web about anything and everything.  After awhile, it can all run together and I can...

“You have our word.”

At Design Shoji, we are always looking towards the future.   We’re dead serious about shoji panels and all the minute details making a great one entails.   So when we say, “we stand behind everything we build”  we mean it!   If you run into problems...