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THE JAPANESE HOUSE

THE JAPANESE HOUSE

Architecture and Interiors

written by Alexandra Black

photography by Noburu Murata

Much admired for its purity of form and its harmony with the natural environment, the Japanese house is one of the classic forms of residential architecture. It has served as a model and inspiration for countless Western architects and designers, from Bruno Taut to Terence Conran. The Japanese House reveals the unique style of architecture, aesthetics and living that is native to Japan. The beautifully simple proportions based on the square of the tatami mat, the light natural materials of wood, paper and straw, the refined rustic sensibility of the decor, and the use of ceramics, textiles and nature itself to enhance the home environment - all are explored through some of the most inspiring houses in Japan.

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