Authentic Japanese Interiors by Ki Arts

20Apr10

KI Arts was founded in 1985 by master woodworker Hiroshi Sakaguchi and his wife Ann Gerber Sakaguchi. KI Arts creates interiors with traditional construction methods using a post and beam system held together by an intricate joinery. The result is authentic interiors, furniture and garden structures, not to mention divine cedar bathtubs.

I’ve written before about my frustration at “oriental” decor, which generally shows a lack of any deeper understanding of design principles at work in Japanese interiors. That said, the reason so many designs fall short of the real thing is just because the sublime simplicity of these interiors is a difficult thing to replicate.

For anyone who wants to living outside of Japan who wants to recreate the classical Ryokan style, rather than trying to copy these interiors on a superficial level, a better approach is to design from the floor up. While I may not be able to afford the type of craftsmanship that KI Arts provides, putting in authentic flooring, fittings and wooden cupboards is not prohibitively expensive.

KI Arts is based in Sonoma County, California, or visit them online here.

Advertisements


No Responses Yet to “Authentic Japanese Interiors by Ki Arts”

  1. Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: