Monday, July 10, 2017


Two window shoji - 50" x 72" x 1-3/8" and 28" x 18" x 1-3/8"
Built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and 0.45 mm White Warlon Paper.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


These are tall shoji screens- just about 8 feet. Made with Beech, Port Orford Cedar and .45 white Warlon laminated paper.  A 2-1 ratio is carried throughout- each small rectangle is 2-1, and each group of four rectangles is a 2-1 ratio. Two groups of four form a square and there are three squares to fill the whole screen height. Confused yet?

Our standard tight inlay of Ebony door pulls.

Upper (left) and lower (right) wood tracks for three shoji screens. There is a small plastic glide we put on the bottom edge of the screens, to engage the thumbnail profile on the lower track- much easier to clean and a lot more friendly on bare feet than a square edge groove. The lower track is finished with a urethane floor finish.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hughes Installed

A big Thank You to our client for sending pictures!

Beautiful Shoji doors from Shoji Designs Inc - with and without back lighting.
I couldn't be happier!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Carrera Millwork Inc

Tall shoji  (96"!) with Bamboo pattern Warlon paper.  Simple kumiko patterns like this show off the patterned papers best. Shoji built in Beech with Port Orford Cedar kumiko.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Beautiful shoji, terrible pictures- sorry! Shoji screens built in Beech, with Port Orford Cedar kumiko and "Golden Flax" Warlon paper. The kumiko pattern is our "P-11" (squares) - note the bottom panel is the same size as two of the rows of squares. 
These are elegant, quiet shoji and the "Golden Flax" paper gives them a little zing especially up close. They will cover a walk-through and both slide right over a wall on a double track.

Monday, March 6, 2017


A set of striking Sapele (sometimes called African mahogany) shoji screens with white Warlon paper, Sapele lower door panels and inlaid ebony pulls. We designed the kumiko pattern so the corner squares are 1-1, the panel 3-1, the tall rectangles 1-2 and the proportions are reflected when multiple sections are combined. All this goes under the radar when just gazing at the shoji screens, but it is an important part of a harmonious appearance.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Three of four screens to span a wall closet, special lighting from the back will really make these delicious!  Beech frames, Port Orford kumiko, 0.3 white Warlon paper and beautiful, matched ribbon stripe Sapele panels. The look is quiet, elegant, and powerful.

We spend a lot of effort to make sure our shoji have pleasing proportions, we do not "cookie cutter" them. Each screen is looked at and proportions adjusted to be as harmonious as possible. We use various geometric ratios, sometimes 1-2 or 3-1 etc. and on occasion the golden section (1-1.618) or even the Fibonacci series (1-1-2-3-5-8 etc.).  Some shoji work up easier than others, these screens practically fell together.

These shoji screens are 1-2  ratio overall  (half as wide as they are tall).
The panel is 3-1. The panel height is one sixth of the screen height, six kumiko rectangles equal the wood panel in size.
And the kumiko grid is 2-1, same proportion as the entire shoji, tipped on it's side.
All of this is subliminal, but results in relaxed and pleasing proportions.