After the shocking events of 9.11, I strongly sensed that people were seeking something that would bring peacefulness to their lives, and so I came up with the idea of incorporating Washi paper into design as a means of creating a visually calming place in which to live.
The Japanese have used paper for hundreds of years for many purposes. Paper was originally created as a record keeping media on the continent and then brought cross the ocean to Japan. Once it reached Japan, the Japanese quickly realized paper’s full potential and reimagined it as a building material. For over 500 years, paper has been put to use in interiors and exteriors for doors, partitions, room dividers, lampshades, wall coverings, scrolls, as well as fans, umbrellas, and clothing. Japanese houses were literally made with wood and paper.
My washi art for doors and Japanese traditional fusuma doors have a number of similarities. They use continuous patterns throughout the doors and create a mural. In addition, closet doors can transform ordinary storage space into a private gallery. Living with washi is embodying art and craft. It affects your mind and life style. Illuminated washi gives you the same dramatic feeling as paper lamp shades.
People in New York have gradually come to understand and appreciate the beauty and value of interiors infused with Washi. I believe that the right living environment can imbue your mind with a soothing sense of well-being and that, through the medium of Washi, I can create serene spaces that heal your life.