In collaboration with our client and her contractor, Joe Tesch of Artisan Builders, we created custom shoji screens for an extensive remodel in Milwaukee WI.
This fun project involved the joining of two condominiums into one grand penthouse.
The design of these shoji screens presented the biggest challenge. The plan required a set of 4 shoji to enclose a 'potting shed' (ikebana area) that bordered the living room.
Two of the shoji panels needed to be open at the bottom to allow airflow between rooms and the other two shoji (on the living room side) did not.
Our solution was to incorporate different kumiko areas in the shoji to allow a 'transom' that would look great with or without paper.
This is a different view of the same set of shoji screens with the open 'transom' area. Mouse over the image to see a close-up.
Four shoji screens line this hallway in a complicated overlay of tracking installations. Great care was taken to keep all the horizontal elements in line when working out the shoji sizes.
There are two bi-pass shoji for the entrance to the study; the bathroom door shoji is installed with a surface mount tracking system and a hinged shoji screen for the linen closet completes the line-up.
Artisan Builders LLC - Glendale WI
Cherry Shoji and Kumiko with Cherry lower door panels