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Published in 2005 by Tuttle Pubfishirg, ar imprint of Reriplus Fditiors (HK) Ltd, with editorial offices at 130. Joo Seng Road, #06-01/03, Sirgapore 368357
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Front cover: The locus of traditional Japanese design is on space, and on how each object placed in space changes it dynamically. Architectural details are often bckl, but designed so as to rot detract from this space.
Back cover: The roan seen through this single paneled screen (tsu/tate) is a mere five square meters in area, but appears expansive due to the use of simple low furniture and uncluttered lines.
Half-title page: Japanese design strives to achieve a dynamic balance in ikebana as well as other arts. The concept of symmetry, so important to Western design, is considered static, and consciously avoided in Japan.
1 ¡tie page: Lit from underneath, the glass floor of the tofonoinc alcove adds a dramatic modem note to the otheiwise traditional muted colors and natural materials of this room.
This page: furniture—such as this display alcove, shelves and cupboards are built into the room to achieve unobstructed space. The bold dark lines of the wood frames and tatami mat borders work with vertical and horizontal planes to create an intensely calm effect.
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What is Japanese about a Japanese House? 8 A Tea Master's Dream Lives On 20 Summer Style in a Kyoto Machiya 38 Exuberant Spontaneity in an Interior in Osaka 52 House of Ikebana 68
A Kaga-style Teahouse to Sooth the Soul 76 A Celebration of Lacquer Craft 88 Coming Home to an Old Machiya 98 Antiques Find a New Home in an Old Minka 108 A House with a Cosmopolitan Interior 120 A Potter Meets His Minka 132
An Old Farmhouse Gears up for the Future 138 A Home in Snow Country 146 A Sukiya-style Setting for an Art Gallery 160 An Old Parlor with an Old Tree 170 The Evolution of a Modem Home 178 A Cottage Shaped by Old Memories 184 A Room for Viewing Light and Shadows of Life 190 A Tribute to Masters of Modernism 196 A House with a View of Mount Asama 204 A New House and a Tree 214 Acknowledgments and Bibliography 224
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