Time & Style, 2023
Shoji is assembled into a fine lattice using straight grain Akita cedar and finished without paint to bring out the original texture and aroma of the cedar. On one side it is covered with Echizen washi paper from Fukui Prefecture, one of Japan’s top three traditional papers. With a history dating back 1,500 years, Echizen washi is a durable paper that typically comes in large sheets and which is applied seamlessly on the fusuma (sliding doors) and byobu (folding screens). The three panels are joined together by paper hinges glued with washi paper. Using a traditional Japanese process, these partitions are made solely from Akita cedar and Echizen washi paper without any metal fixings. The height of the partition is 1.35 metres, slightly lower than standard ones but high enough to remain out of sight when seated in a chair. Despite its modest size, the soft light filtering through the washi paper adds depth to the space. Available with the Japanese paper or only with the frame made of Akita cedar, the elegant tension of the Shoji latticework gives rhythm to the space.