designjot

a blog about design, art and ideas

Saturday

19

April 2014

Hiroshi Sakaguchi: Barn raising the Japanese way

by Julian Cohen, on Hiroshi Sakaguchi, Japanese joinery, Barn raising

A Japanese remodel In 1985, I introduced Hiroshi Sakaguchi, Japanese master carpenter, to Jacques and Denise Tenzel. Jacques and Denise, good friends of mine, wanted a traditional Japanese remodel of their house nestled in the redwoods east of Albion, Mendocino county. The house was taken down to the foundation and re-built by Hiroshi. The finished work can be seen in the first interiors picture on Hiroshi’s website. The project…

Tuesday

25

March 2014

The invasion of Japanese Joinery

by Julian Cohen, on Japanese joinery, Hiroshi Sakaguchi, Paul Discoe, Hida Tools, Green Gulch, Makoto Imai

Paul Discoe In 1970 Paul Discoe, at the time, an American born Zen priest was sent to Japan, by his teacher Shunryu Suzuki, to study Temple building. Upon his return to California, after a 5 year apprenticeship, Paul started to build “Japanese” buildings at the SanFrancisco Zen Center’s monastic retreat center, Tassajara. During the same period, [Makoto Imai] (http://www.imaimakoto.com/) had returned to California from Japan in…

Sunday

02

March 2014

How wolves change rivers

by Julian Cohen,

This is not a typical post for me, but it is clearly about sustainability on a grand scale and very inspiring. The video was put out by Sustainable Man, and is narrated by George Monboit. For more about George Monbiot see his book, Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. Here is more about information about the wolves at Yellowstone.…

Wednesday

19

February 2014

The Sinker Cypress Story

by Julian Cohen,

Arc Wood and Timbers My good friends at Arc Wood & Timbers are suppliers of a wide variety of reclaimed and premium woods. These woods come from reclaimed vintage structures, salvaged logs, and sustainably harvested trees. To learn more about Arc Wood, I find this what-we-do page very helpful. In the top photo you see David and Lance, the owners, in the midst of one of their projects. I have…

Saturday

15

February 2014

Custom ceramic tile: Tile Visions

by Julian Cohen,

Call it serendipity I had walked past a tile showroom on Rhode Island Street, in the San Francisco Design Center district, on a number of occasions. This time I stopped in my tracks and walked in the front door. The project I was working on required custom tiles and in front of me was a store full of custom tiles. Tile Visions Roger Chetrit is a hand-painted tile artist, his…

Sunday

09

February 2014

Wabi- Sabi: A must buy book

by Julian Cohen, on Book, Design process, Design, Architectural elements, Wabi-sabi

A treatise on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. I highly recommend Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren. His book resonated with me so much that it opened some doors of perception, like any significant art, literature or performance can. Reading Wabi-Sabi will probably cultivate a fresh inquiry into the world of objects that surround us. In the introduction, Koren provides insight into his…