A. SHOJI THAT BLOCK SOUND:
Custom shoji that offer significant sound privacy is one of our unique innovations at Design Shoji. Sound-absorbing shoji panels are ideal anywhere you want sound transmission minimized -- eg., conference rooms, home theaters or private areas of the home.
Our most popular option for sound-deadening shoji panels uses a special translucent acoustic liner sandwiched in between our regular inserts front and back, for a sound-absorbing panel that looks virtually identical to our regular shoji. The liner also strengthens the shoji insert section, making it completely puncture-proof. Because our acoustic shoji allow natural daylight to pass through, it’s easy to close off an area yet still retain the light, airy feeling shoji are noted for. Doors are typically only 1-1/4” thick and easy to move.
Architectural glass is another option for sound-muffling shoji doors. Glass requires a bigger shoji frame and adds a more commercial look to the shoji. It is also 2 to 3x heavier than our acoustic liner, and more reflective of sounds inside the room. Virtually all styles of glass are available, from classic frosted glass, to rice paper laminates, beautiful etched architectural patterns, or colorful art glass.
B. SHOJI THAT DO NOT BLOCK ANY SOUND...
Finally, don’t forget we can build acoustically transparent shoji doors as well. So if you want a shoji panel that is nearly 100% acoustically transparent, we have inserts that will accommodate you. Most often specified for home theaters to cover wall speakers, these shoji let sound pass through without distortion.
Read our customer's comments about some acoustically transparent shoji we built and installed in his home theater, "As promised, I am returning my comments on whether or not the shoji screens worked out. From the start the shoji screens are well made and beautiful. It worked out aesthetically and gave me the environmental mood I wanted. Now to the sound. The shoji screens were definitely a plus to the listening environment. After what must have been weeks of listening and tweaking the system I finally got everything to "balance" out. I can now say that "the music and I are now one". In concluding this letter, you must understand an audiophile is never satisfied. But I am very satisfied with your shoji screens and will be for years to come!" Morgan (unsolicited client testimonial)