Navigating the convergence point between the DNA of shoji screens and modern life.

One of the tools we have continued to use is the shoji screens, a classic example of Japanese home fittings. The quintessentially Japanese functional- shoji-screens, created from our wisdom to make the best use of natural materials and to live in harmony with the environment, embody Japan and encapsulate our woodworking craftsmanship and experience. By breathing new life into shoji screens, which, despite their versatility, have had limited use in the modern residential environment, we believe we could deliver a new look and enrich people's lives now and in the future. SHA / SHA may be defined as the modern shoji, bringing into our lives the elegance of the shoji as a tool that can be used for years to come, with minimal materials and a wide variety of roles.

    Partition / Conceal

    Shoji screens have a variety of "partitioning/concealing" functions in one form or another, such as dividing spaces as partitions, blocking (concealing) the line of sight from the outside as an internal shoji, and blocking direct sunlight from the outside. It does not completely shut down the space, but instead makes us perceive the space in front and far side as connected, even though the continuity is interrupted. SHA/SHA’s concept of “loosely partitioning space” embrace that feel and aestheticism as great importance.

    Traverse/ Transparency

    Light through the shoji paper is softly diffused and absorbed into the room as gentle light. In the Heian period (794-1185 CE), they were called "Akari-shoji," or Lighting-shoji, and were considered revolutionary tools that combined the two functions of partitioning and lighting. SHA/SHA follows this unique concept of shoji screens by allowing the other side to be seen through the diagonally arranged latticework, thereby eliminating the sense of overwhelm and adding lightness and softness to the space.


    Because of its light weight and structure, shoji can be moved from side to side as a sliding door, and can also be removed, carried, and stored. It has a high degree of flexibility in that it can be removed, opened, and the level of aperture can be adjusted to change the flow of air and the use of the space. Similarly, SHA/SHA can be used as an object piece, a partition, or a tool to hide things, and can be quickly moved and change its role depending on your preference.


    In addition to their physical function, shoji screens also embellish a room. In addition to the graphical expression created by the lattice patterns and the unmo (mica) and gofun (goze) pigments of the shoji paper, they also capture the shadows of the plants and trees seen through the shoji screens. SHA/SHA allows you to enjoy the expression of the diagonally arranged lattice pattern itself, the accidental patterns created by overlapping lattices, the shadows of the lattices projected on the floor and walls, and the shimmering shadows cast by candlelight, which simultaneously hide the noise in the room and add rhythm and embellishment to the space.



Highest quality coniferous trees over 200 years old

As joiners, the wood we use to make shoji screens is 200 to 300-year-old coniferous large-diameter trees. Even a small diameter tree less than 100 years old was planted by my great-grandfather three generations ago. As for large diameter trees, we use trees that were planted by my great-grandfather's great-grandfather six generations ago. In addition, we use only strictly selected pieces that have good color grains without compression/tension, knots, sap, and defects such as checks and splits.

    Reveling the aging aesthetics from the natural beauty of the wood.

    The sawn boards are dried naturally for approximately 4 to 6 months. Natural drying is literally a method of drying by exposing to the sun, but it requires a larger space and considerable time and effort compared to general artificial methods. The standard moisture content for use as a fixture material is 12-15%, which is considerably drier than commonly used lumber. Naturally dried wood has low CO2 emissions because of its longer drying period, retains its oil content, has fragrance, is lustrous when shaved, and possesses the wood's natural beauty. After shoji screens are completed, they play an active role in partitioning space where they are installed, and/or transforming sunlight into soft soothing light. Shoji screens, which does not peak when they are made, but rather slowly "age beautifully" over a long period of time, can only be made from naturally dried wood.

    Reusing shoji scraps to breathe new life into Shoji

    The wood used to make shoji screens is of such high value and quality, but because all of our orders are customized, we inevitably end up with scrap wood. Although some of the size that are unusable for shoji can be used as core material for doors, the smaller sized scraps had no use and were incinerated, even though we thought it was a waste. SHA/SHA products are developed with the intention of making products from environmentally friendly wood with minimal waste as possible, and to contribute even in a small way to the environment by using wood in a sustainable manner.





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