A Japanese Touch for Your Home

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Kodansha International, 1992 - Architecture - 84 pages
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Filled with elegant designs and clever tips, A Japanese Touch for Your Home offers bold and exciting ideas for remodeling your home or redecorating your apartment. The author, architect Koji Yagi, explains the basic elements of Japanese interior design and shows you how to use them.

Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal elements of Japanese interior design-and see how beautifully they respond to the Western home. Change the size and shape of a room easily and tastefully with bamboo screens and movable partitions. Build a simple Japanese-style alcove, decorate it with something special, and then flaunt it. Try some Japanese lighting techniques-low, soft, and beautiful. Change the mood of a room, and change your way of looking at things.

A Japanese Touch for Your Home includes much more. Practical, approachable, and authentic, it is written by a prominent Japanese architect concerned about the demands of contemporary lifestyles, and the answers that traditional Japanese design has to offer.

Over 120 color plates taken by a leading Japanese photographer accompany the informed text. In addition, over 200 black and white sketches, floor plans, and a section on do-it-yourself projects make this a book that will pique your desire to be creative and then show you how to fulfill it. A practical guide for homeowners, interior designers, and people who like to work with their heads and their hands, this book will introduce you to a new way of living.

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About the author (1992)


KOJI YAGI was born in 1944 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and graduated from the Department of Architecture of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1969. From 1971 to 1974, he worked with the Syrian government as a technical advisor sent by the Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency of Japan. From 1975 to 1976, he worked with the Tropical Building Research Group at Queensland University in Australia, conducting research on indigenous housing of the South Pacific. In 1980 he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, affiliated with the Environmental Design Department. In 1987 he was a visiting research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Yagi currently teaches and does research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology as an associate professor.

RYO HATA was born in 1943 in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, and graduated from the Department of Art of Nihon University. A freelance photographer who has been published in numerous Japanese magazines, Mr. Hata specializes in Japanese gardens and houses.

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