Bring Custom Japanese Style to Your Next Project
For almost a month now, Japan has been in the news and on our minds principally because of the devastating disasters that have afflicted that nation. Please consider the continuing need for humanitarian assistance and make a donation to the American Red Cross or another aid organization of your choice.
Our CustomMade galleries feature many fine examples of custom Japanese furniture and other items, from traditional recreations to contemporary interpretations, as well as pieces constructed using time honored Japanese techniques. Here are just a few practical and stylistic options that a custom Japanese approach can bring to your next custom designed project.
Find a Tub that’s Just Right For You
Soaking in a tub is a great way to relax. Your tub is a prime target for the custom treatment because it comes in very close contact with your body when you are, shall we say, quite vulnerable. Comfort is key, and for many of us, that means finding the right size tub. Unfortunately, finding the right size tub through retail can be quite challenging. If you’re looking for a custom tub with real depth, consider a custom Japanese ofuro tub. Traditionally, people washed themselves outside of their ofuro tubs and then entered them to soak, but you can follow your own habits in the privacy of your home. These deep tubs are traditionally made from fragrant, lemon-scented hinoki wood, like this Japanese ofuro by Seaotter Woodworks Inc.. However, other woods like water-resistant teak can also be used, as in this custom Japanese ofuro in plantation teak by Bath in Wood of Maine LLC. As always, these tubs can be custom built in the size that’s right for you and your bathroom.
Mark Time and Space with a Torii Gate Design
Graceful torii gates traditionally marked the entrances to Shinto shrines and symbolized the transition from profane to sacred space. The torii gate has become one of the most popular and recognizable symbols of the nation of Japan and can be incorporated in many custom home décor items. This ebony oriental gate clock by Taghkanic Woodworking LLC features a modified torii inspired design.
The torii symbol appears in this figured bubinga-framed Japanese motif mirror by Rob Porcaro, Designer-Craftsman in Wood. The slightly convex top and bottom portions of the frame contribute to the sense that the mirror is a passage with a lintel and a floor (that extends into the room with a small shelf), like a gate to a parallel world.
Add Samurai Style to your Custom Jewelry
A metalworking technique that dates to 17th century Japan, mokume gane means “wood grain metal” and was a technique used by master swordsmiths to create intricate patterns on the hilts of samurai swords. It can also be used to create amazing details in custom jewelry. Take a look at the colorful, intricate swirls in this mokume gane gold and diamond pendant by Peggie Robinson Designs, Inc., made from 14K white gold, platinum, and a .15 ct diamond.