Synopses & Reviews
The simple beauty of Japanese architecture and design has inspired many of the world's top architects and designers Bruno Taut, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Terence Conran, to name just a few. The grace and elegance of the Japanese sensibility is reflected in both modern and traditional Japanese homes, from their fluid floor plans to their use of natural materials. In The Japanese House, renowned Japanese photographer Noboru Murata has captured this Eastern spirit with hundreds of vivid color photographs of 15 Japanese homes. As we step behind the lens with Murata, we're witness to the unique Japanese aesthetic to the simple proportions modeled after the square of the tatami mat; to refined, rustic decor; to earthy materials like wood, paper, straw, ceramics, and textiles. This is a glorious house-tour readers can return to again and again for ideas, inspiration, or simply admiration.
"Fifteen Japanese homes, complete with shoji screens and tatami mats, in 224 color photos."and#8212;andlt;bandgt;andlt;iandgt;Associated Pressandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;
Traditional Japanese architecture emphasizes economy of design and an unsurpassed sensitivity to the natural environment. And a traditional Japanese home with its freshly woven tatami
mats, sliding shoji
screens, and exposed wooden beams is the height of this art form.
The Japanese House reveals this unique aesthetic through stunning photographs and insightful descriptions of fifteen of the most evocative homes in Japan. Enter The Japanese House and discover the simple proportions based on the square of the tatami mat; the fluid floor plan created by movable screens; the rich textures from the combination of indgienous woods, straw, and paper; and the use of nature itself to enhance the home.
Whether at a traditional inn, an imperial villa, or a garden pavilion, The Japanese House captures the essence of architectural elegance.
The grace and elegance of the Japanese sensibility is reflected in both modern and traditional Japanese homes,
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Alexandra Blackandlt;/bandgt; spent five years in Japan studying Japanese language, culture, and art and architecture. She lives in London.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Noburu Murataandlt;/bandgt; is one of Japan's most proficient interiors photographer. His photos can be found in the Japanese EllT Deco and other leading lifestyle magazines. He lives in Tokyo.