Item description for A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi & Ryo Hata...
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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 11.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 1992
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 477001662X ISBN13 9784770016621
Reviews - What do customers think about A Japanese Touch for Your Home?
A Japanese Touch for your Home Dec 12, 2007
Primarily a picture book, but beautifully illustrated with abbreviated but clear, if rather journalistic, text. As advertised.
Japanese Architecture Oct 31, 2007
I just received my copy of this book a day ago. I was frankly a little disappointed. The book is well made but for me, ultimately unsatisfying. The rooms are traditional Japanese as I had hoped, but the photos while in color, are typically small and done in a non-glossy printing process that makes the colors look muted and dull. There is lot of detail in B&W drawing form of Shoji screen and Asian light-fixture designs. Still, I think the book cries out for bigger photos, glossier color, and a sense of life. Curiously, these are some of the things that are most notable in Japanese architecture. The rooms seem static and lifeless. It's not a bad book but it could have been done better so far as the photography is concerned.
The Title is Misleading Jul 31, 2004
Although it is a GOOD book with great quality pictures, it does very little to add a Japanese Touch for Your Home. It graphically explains the areas of a Japanese style house but it does not help you integrate the oriental with the western style of living, which is what I thought it was about.
Further more the couple of projects for building Japanese furniture a pretty basic, you can find better one for free in the Internet.
It is a good book to read but for me it didnt have any practical use.
A New Hunger. Dec 16, 2002
This book has created a new hunger in me to find and devour every book I can get my hands on dealing with Japanese architecture. I can now see where Frank Lloyd Wright got a lot of his inspiration from. This is the first book I have read on the subject so far, and it seems to cover a bit of everything with lots of nice photos. If your looking for a book on organizing and storing stuff like only the Japanese can do, then get "Small Spaces: Stylish Ideas for Making More of Less in the Home" by Azby Brown
Great Primer for the Novice to Japanese interiors. Aug 17, 2002
This is the first I purchased on the subject of Japanese interiors, which I crave. Yagi and Williams cover the essentials of what you need to know, provide excellent photographic examples of their topics, and intructions on do it yourself projects. I rate it a 4 because I wanted the book to have more!