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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
I'm moving also, to a brand-new apartment that has never been occupied and that is a mere 5-minute walk to work. This is after living in my student digs for the past four years. It cannot be made the least bit elegant and requires a three-hour round trip commute on Tokyo's inhumanly crowded trains to get to work. The mere thought of leaving this dump has me elated.

Naturally, I want to get all new furniture and have decided to furnish the whole place from my favorite Japanese furniture maker, Kagura. This will be heirloom-quality furniture that I can keep my whole life. The prices are surprisingly reasonable for the quality but by no means inexpensive. I'm prepared to spend the money and am considering it an investment.

Beautiful furniture at Kagura.. wonder if I can get it in the US.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by kronik
Beautiful furniture at Kagura.. wonder if I can get it in the US.

Their website and printed catalogues are entirely in Japanese, so I doubt they market in the US. Of course, if you're willing to throw enough money at it, I'm sure you can have pieces made to your specs and shipped anywhere in the world.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
I'm moving also, to a brand-new apartment that has never been occupied and that is a mere 5-minute walk to work. This is after living in my student digs for the past four years. It cannot be made the least bit elegant and requires a three-hour round trip commute on Tokyo's inhumanly crowded trains to get to work. The mere thought of leaving this dump has me elated.

Naturally, I want to get all new furniture and have decided to furnish the whole place from my favorite Japanese furniture maker, Kagura. This will be heirloom-quality furniture that I can keep my whole life. The prices are surprisingly reasonable for the quality but by no means inexpensive. I'm prepared to spend the money and am considering it an investment.
I'm really digging the bed moderno, but can't seem to access the page for it to get a better look. What's the deal in Japan with setting up a bedroll directly on the floor? I don't know a name for it, but you get a good look at what I'm talking about in the old man's bedroom in Ikuru. I really like the concept, not sure if it's practical.

Tom
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by tiger02
I'm really digging the bed moderno, but can't seem to access the page for it to get a better look. What's the deal in Japan with setting up a bedroll directly on the floor? I don't know a name for it, but you get a good look at what I'm talking about in the old man's bedroom in Ikuru. I really like the concept, not sure if it's practical.

Tom

Tom, you're talking about a futon. This is a kind of Japanese mattress that you lay out on a tatami mat floor. During the day, you fold it into three like you would fold a letter, and stow it in the closet. In terms of practicality, it allows you to convert your bedroom into a living room in about thirty seconds.

At this point, it's pretty safe to say that I've slept on a futon for close to half my life. I sleep on one now. It doubles as an ironing board.

I, too, like the Moderno. It will probably be the first piece of furniture I buy from Kagura. I'll give you an attenuated translation of the offerings from the top down.

[caption, top photo]:Tatami Bed "Not just a bedroom, but a space that transforms according to your preferred use and easily allows you present a characteristically Japanese setting."

[types of wood]:

C = American Black Cherry
W = American Black Walnut
M = Hard Maple
O = Oak
T= Teak [note: ideal for boat decks and outdoor furniture]
A = Ash [note: ideal for baseball bats]
WA = White Ash

[second product]: Tatami Bed Modern (with headboard)
(shown as a double in Walnut)

[third product]: Tatami Bed Modern (without headboard)
(shown as a double in White Ash


[fourth product]: Bedroom Modern (bed)
(shown as a single in White Ash)
[note: this last one comes in the greatest variety of sizes; single, semi-double, double and queen. In addition, it is offered in wide sizes, long sizes, and long & wide sizes.]
post #20 of 26
Cool, thanks. When I think of futon, I think of the college-dorm couch that unfolds into a bed. Sounds like you're describing a flip 'n' fuck (sorry) which I've also heard called a futon. Can these be high-quality, or are they all dorm quality?

The kagura beds look like they might be similar in construction to German beds, which have springy slats instead of a box spring. Am I seeing them wrong?

Thanks for your help. I'm going to need a bed one day; need to figure out where I'm going to live first though.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Cool, thanks. When I think of futon, I think of the college-dorm couch that unfolds into a bed. Sounds like you're describing a flip 'n' fuck (sorry) which I've also heard called a futon. Can these be high-quality, or are they all dorm quality?

The kagura beds look like they might be similar in construction to German beds, which have springy slats instead of a box spring. Am I seeing them wrong?

Thanks for your help. I'm going to need a bed one day; need to figure out where I'm going to live first though.

American futons are nearly as thick as a regular mattress. Japanese futons are only about three or four inches thick, but are placed on top of tatami mats, which offer enough cushion for a comfortable but firm sleep.

The Tatami Bed, shown with the mats, would be solid and rigid, without slats. Any cushion would come from the give of the tatami mats. I think the bottom one would simply be a wooden platform you put a mattress on top of.
post #22 of 26
Reminds me of Hans Wegner
post #23 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies, guys. But unfortunately, most brands mentioned are out of my price range.

Sofa - $1400-1600 shipped
Bed - $700-800 shipped

I've almost decided to scrap the TV stand and get a wall mount for the plasma. So I can put that money towards a mattress.

Thanks anyway for your advice.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff
this is a great starting point

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/furniture/
Thanks a lot. There is a lot of good info there.
post #25 of 26
Anyone have recommendations for places to shop online and B&M for affordable modern furniture. Ie DWR etc. I am in NYC.
post #26 of 26
Amish furniture
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