Origins - Japanese Architecture
Simple lines and angular forms mark Japanese architecture where
you can hardly see any ornamentation. This unique style came forth
primarily because only wooden stuffs were used in construction.
Many of these japanese architectural structures have been preserved
by the ongoing replacement of materials throughout the centuries
since wood is not the most long lasting of building materials.
Shoji Sliding Doors & Shoji Closet Doors
The best and earliest examples of Japan's unique style of design
can be seen in shoji doors whether shoji sliding
doors, shoji closet doors, or shoji screen doors which date back
to ancient times.
Shoji doors, shoji sliding doors and shoji closet doors are trouble-free
to install in any style of home. An easy and fashionable method
is to put together surface-mounted tracks from which the screens
hang like rolling shutters to cover windows, open or empty spaces,
or sliding glass doors.
Single Sided Shoji Sliding Door
The pictured is in rosewood, also available in Black, Honey,
and Natural. Comes with sliding doors, top and bottom tracks,
and right and left door jambs.
Other applications include pocket doors, inserts over existing
doors, covers for double-hung or hinged windows, befouling closet
doors, sliding closet doors, tub or shower doors, freestanding
screens, or even covers for ceiling-mounted fluorescent lights.
Japanese Houses & Shoji
Most Japanese houses have a sliding front door made of a wooden
frame with paper stretched over it. They are set in grooved beams,
so they can slide to one side or the other. Western style doors
need some space for opening and closing, but sliding doors need
no such space.
Shoji doors permit the passage of light, so they fulfill the
same function as curtains or blinds, suited to the very humid
Japanese climate because they absorb and release moisture. Shoji
doors, sliding doors partition the rooms and by taking out the
paper screen doors, we can easily make one larger room.
Shoji is the best in controlling space and light. Having relatively
little weight and easily transferable, Shoji doors assure privacy,
flexibility, and mellow daylight to the interior of the house.
The shoji doors, shoji sliding doors and shoji closet doors are
becoming especially relevant when you try to pack more usefulness
into smaller spaces in your home.
The rectangular grid of slender wood strips can be cedar, cherry,
mahogany, maple, oak, pine, redwood, teak, or walnut; or a varnish
finish is also available sometimes. Traditionally the frame is
backed with a fibrous paper, but more durable materials--such
as vinyl, fiberglass, white or etched glass, or acrylic panels
rough-textured on both sides to look like paper. Shoji doors can
be substituted and still keep hold of the rice-paper look.
Shoji doors some times comes with sumi-e, literally "ink picture".
Like Japanese calligraphy, where we can't see much color, it is
a style of painting in which a simple brush is used with black
ink to paint on white rice paper.
The conventional subject matter of sumi-e paintings is landscapes
or objects from nature and sometimes animals or people. Simple
lines characterize sumi-e and strokes designed to capture the
essence of a given subject. While sumi-e is traditionally painted
with black ink on white paper, over the years this art form evolved
and many wonderful examples of sumi-e can be seen painted on silk
and using a variety of colored inks in the shoji doors, shoji
sliding doors or shoji closet doors.