The Japanese Home Stylebook: Architectural Details and Motifs / Edition 1

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A definitive sourcebook for designers, architects, home remodelers, or anyone thinking of adding a Japan-inspired design to a room or home. Hundreds of line drawings show traditional Japanese architectural details and motifs, everything from shoji screens and tatami mats to ceiling and garden fences. An invaluable resource for planning and design, The Japanese Home Stylebook shows why the Japanese residential style is so admired around the world for its exquisite beauty and versatility. Selected by Architects & Designers Book Service.

Author Biography: Illustrator Saburo Yamagata (1911-86) was a graduate of Kobe University and a practicing architect. He based the drawings in this book on materials gathered from homes and buildings throughout Japan.; Peter Goodman is publisher of Stone Bridge Press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880656013
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1st English-language ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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So many patterns in so many variations may seem at odds with the Western notion that the classical Japanese home is "simple" or "spare" or "modest." But we mistake a lack of furniture—a Japanese room may have only a low table, some cushions, and a small cabinet—for a lack of flair. This is because we're looking at the space within the room. Our attention should instead be focused on the flat surfaces that surround the room, at the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. Here we will find a vigorous design sensibility at work. This sensibility gives pleasure to the observing eye. More important, it manipulates light and articulates lines of sight so they penetrate and commingle within the room in particular ways. The internal density of the room is in fact fashioned from these surface designs along the room's perimeters. A human being in the confluence of such design energies—if the design is skilled—floats satisfied in the fullness of space.
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Table of Contents

Tokonoma and Shelves
Tatami Mats and Ceilings
Shoji Screens
Railings and Verandas
Garden Fences and Paths
Decorative Patterns
Other Design Sources
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