As a gallery, home-workspace and quiet leisure area, it was necessary to contain, conceal and reveal a variety of contents—most importantly a world-class collection of Japanese scrolls. Here, cabinets serve as devices to not only contain necessities but also define zones of display for these exquisite antique scrolls. Though rooted in traditional shoji techniques, these "origami" cabinets employ rice paper in a novel exterior manner—a successful collaboration between designer Johannes Knoops and Mr. Hanafusa of Miya Shoji, New York City.
Defining the room’s architecture, these cabinets bend and fold its perimeter. Thanks to a composition of reciprocal angles and calculated alignment, when an individual door is opened its edge aligns with an adjacent angle in the cabinetry. As such it’s quite natural to leave a door open and reveal contents. This game of folding and aligning is much like origami as each move creates a new and exciting geometry.
Mr. Hanafusa of Miya Shoji