Shoji Cabinet


Inspired by a Japanese screen, this cabinet uses traditional and modern joinery.
By Ryan Shervill
Pages: 52-57

From the February 2010 issue #181
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Designed to divide a room, the shoji screen is both a practical and artistic piece of furniture that’s often found in Japanese homes. It was a shoji screen that served as the inspiration for this bookcase. Designed to be very open, this piece is as at home in the center of the room as it is against a wall.

For the construction of this bookcase I combined the traditional with the modern – not only in the design, but also in the construction methods. A spin on Asian design, this bookcase uses modern joinery techniques and materials to their fullest extent. Traditional mortise-and-tenon joints work in tandem with modern materials, fasteners and glues to create a piece of furniture that will not only last for generations, but also comes together easily. This project also makes use of biscuits, dowels and gluedin- place plywood panels, along with more traditional methods, to prove that sometimes a modern approach can be beautiful, strong and functional.


From the February 2010 issue #181
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