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...

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...

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...