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Methods of Placing Washi to Glass / Acrylic Panels

A. Surface mount
The surface mount basically is a sheet of Washi parchment applied onto a plate of glass or plexi-glass. The added bonus of having this type of application is the ability to feel the texture of the parchment, as well as examine the details of the parchment directly. The glass in which the parchment is mounted onto can be clear, frosted, tinted, or glazed, amongst other types of glass


Hotel Bar, Miami, FL


Hotel Bar, Miami, FL

art gallery exhibition

art gallery exhibition

TV Japan, NYC


B. Inbetween glass/acrylic
In this instance the Washi parchment is placed rather than adhered onto the glass or acrylic plates in the center, and is bound mechanically by metal bolts or frame. The Washi presented is dry and protected by the two plates. Various versions of glass may be used in this manner to secure the Washi parchment in place. The Washi parchment will still maintain its uniqueness of visibility although it cannot be touched.


private residence, NYC

private residence, NY

►Washi for Doors
The framed art requires a sheet of Washi parchment to be placed between two plates of glass or acrylic, and is further enclosed with a border of wood frame. The added wood further protects the enclosed Washi parchment from dust and in minor cases – water. The framed version is an excellent way of showcasing a mixture of Traditional and abstract Japanese artwork safely.


 C. Interlayer
 The Interlayer technique uses a PVB (poly vinyl butyral) adhesive to sandwich the Washi parchment between the two sheets of glass or acrylic plates. This way the parchment in between is further secured into place. Glue stains and lack of Washi visibility would not be an issue, since the result would be similar to the mechanically bound glass, but more structurally strong.

FW0056 law firm office, NYC 4' x 8' each panel

FW0056 law firm office, NYC 4′ x 8′ each panel

SD0028 Japanese Restaurant 48" x 70" each

SD0028 Japanese Restaurant

 ►Laminated Glass Panel
Laminated glass is a sandwich made of one piece of plastic Poly Vinyl Butyral between two or more glasses. The PVB sticks with the glass, forms chemical as well as mechanical bonds. When laminated with annealed glass, the layer maintains the geometric integrity of the pane in case of breakage. Also it gives acoustic insulation as well as gives protection against damage caused due to UV radiation because it cuts almost 99% of UV radiation present in the sunlight. A Laminated glass is regarded as a safety glass by most of the standards.