It is used here to define a number of important architectural and spatial principles that are evident in buildings used as sets by Yasujiro Ozu; a roof structure with the large overhanging eaves that creates the characteristically dim interior demarcated by a luminous perimeter wall of sliding panels or shoji; a fragmentary and flexible spatial plan organised around a principal undefined space known as the moya; internal fusuma
or sliding doors; a predominant use of timber in an unfinished state and the dominance of a whole series of aesthetic principles revolving around the notion of wabi-sabi.
The series is uniformly on fusuma
, screen doors traditionally decorated with pleasant and lucky images.
Exemplifying the theme of beni and tsuya (rouge-and-blush), the "Shapes of Japanese Style" exhibit at Arte Giaponne featured Toshihito Okura's MIST lighting, comprised of a floating moire of clear polycarbonate sheets against a checker-patterned mirror; Ikkou Itabashi's North/South Polar Glass light table and partition made from recycled glass, emphasizing the universal abundance of silicon, the second most common element after oxygen and the principal ingredient of glass; and Ayako Yahagi's Fusuma
modeled on four Japanese sliding doors, here rearranged into 24 different patterns to fit one's changing moods.
There are two types of Japanese screens, fusuma
(sliding doors) and byobu (freestanding screens).