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Japanese sliding doors given new decorative possibilities designers Shojigami YUMEARI

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By Ben K, grape Japan

One of the most famous features of traditional Japanese architecture, shoji 障子 are wooden latticed frames covered in translucent washi paper or cloth, and used to partition space. They typically slide on tracks built into the floor and ceiling. Lightweight, and easily removed and stored, they allow great flexibility and relatively easy reconfiguration of space which permanent walls can't provide.

Although fusuma 襖, typically used for closet doors, are sometimes decorated with patterns or artwork, shoji are almost always free of colorful and very visible decorative elements, either presenting a solid white or off-white color (the natural color of the washi paper) or very subtle monochromatic motifs.

Designers Shojigami YUMEARI proposes to change that now with a new series of shojigami 障子紙 shoji paper adding decorative elements that didn't exist before in traditional shoji.

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Up to 138 designs are available for purchase online, customized to the precise measurements you require. Moreover, even if your room doesn't have shoji tracks, you can also buy free-standing tsuitate 衝立 single-panel partitions as well as beautifully patterned lanterns for your home.

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Whether it's a private home, an office, hotel, a restaurant or a public facility, YUMEARI shojigami can liven up rooms, providing new decorative possibilities. They're also recommended for photo studios to create a Japanese mood.

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Shoji (translucent sliding doors)

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Prices begin at 7,150 yen for 2 panels 500 mm in height.

Fusuma (opaque sliding doors)

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Prices begin at 7,150 yen for 2 panels 500 mm in height.

Tsuitate (free-standing division panel) and paper lanterns

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Prices are 21,450 yen (1.5 meters high) or 25,740 yen (1.8 meters high) for the paper alone and 40,480 yen (1.5 meters high) or 43,780 yen (1.8 meters high) for the complete framed set, composed of four panels attached with hinges.

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Prices start at 13,200 yen for square lanterns and 27,500 yen for cylindrical lanterns.

To see the whole collection and purchase online, visit their website here.

Note: They only deliver to Japanese addresses so you'll need to use a forwarding service like Tenso or White Rabbit Express to have it delivered outside of Japan.

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Some beautiful pictures here. I particularly like the first shot of the fusuma, and tatami has to be one of the most desirable floor coverings on the planet. I would kill to live in a house with some of these features. OK, maybe not kill, but I'd certainly compromise some of my principles.

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