Japan is known for its experimental architecture and distinctive interior design, offering a unique design ideology that balances craftsmanship with a connection to the environment. In recent years, this has piqued the interest of designers, architects and homeowners alike with growing interest in a technique called Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese burning practice that leaves wood uniquely charred for a striking, distinctive finish.
And now, for the first time in the UK, architects are embracing Japanese craftsmanship to transform their projects by choosing charred Accoya. Available exclusively from Accoya distributor James Latham, charred Accoya, already hugely popular in the USA, is set to be one of the most exciting new UK trends.
Charring practices are used to create three finishes, from traditional deep colours to a lighter, more modern appearance. It offers a truly unique product, with no two elements giving the same finish, perfect for those wanting to stand out from the crowd.
Architects and designers will also have the peace of mind that they are getting the very best performance from their cladding. Accoya is a world-leading, high performance sustainable wood that offers superior stability, durability and reliability in comparison to many other alternative hardwoods, as well as a 50-year above ground guarantee.
Sustainable Accoya wood is created using the latest in wood technology; meaning cladding joints do not open, tolerances remain tight and twist is prevented. Hardwearing, low maintenance and non-toxic, Accoya wood also offers superior stability making it the ideal material for exterior cladding applications.
Leading textile houses, including Lelievre and Zoffany’s Akaishi, have launched Japanese inspired collections. Japan’s most famous picture is being exhibited in the British Museum and The Barbican has reconstructed architect Ryue Nishizawa’s fascinating Moriyama House. The thirst for Japanese culture and design is evident across the UK – now projects can balance Japanese traditional style with high-performance modernity for a beautiful, unique aesthetic.
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