Japanese Version

Noguchi and Izumi-Stone House in Shikoku

Today, I entered a house of stone.  Honey warm in the afternoon light.  A private home on Shikoku Island in southern Japan.  Built by Isamu Noguchi and Masatoshi Izumi in 1972.  Based partially on impressions of houses in Ahmenabad, India.

The lead photo in the above slide show is by Gail Rieke.

A tropical space, open to the outdoors and to Noguchi's stone sculptures in the garden.  I remember the bar-b-que party I attended there, ten years ago.  That night we cooked fish and vegetables over hot coals in the courtyard.  Light filtered through the white mulberry paper of Noguchi's paper lamps and illuminated the meal like candles.  Noguchi once said, all that is required to create the perfect space is a bedroll and a really good lamp.  Somehow adding a meticulously built stone house adds much to that equation.

Author: stevebeimel

Share This Post On