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Blending East and West; on Puget Sound, tansu chests and brass lamps, mohair sofa and yukata prints all share an open-plan living area.

A background for wide Puget Sound views, this beachfront house built of hemlock, spruce, cedar, and fir is infused with subdued hues of nature.

Seattle architect George Suyama and his wife, Kim, furnished the open-plan ground floor for comfort and continuity.

In the glass-walled living area, they flanked an otter-brown mohair sofa with antique wicker armchairs. Atop a cowhide rug sits Suyama's fir-and-cedar coffee table design: a raised steel frame holds 3/4-inch glass, forming a sort of shadow box for display under and on the glass. End tables are antique Japanese storage boxes. Brass floor lamps provide accent lighting.

Nearby, in compatible contrast, sit a black leather lounge chair, chrome-and-glass table, and high-tech reading lamp.

With neighboring houses close by, Suyama left side walls free of windows. Along one resulting expanse of wall, he designed niches to the exact dimensions of large Japanese tansu chests.

On the opposite wall are built-in bookshelves and cabinets, as well as a kitchen alcove with commercial gas range; counters and backsplash are charcoal ceramic tiles. Across an open storage island, Suyama placed an ash dining table whose doweled joinery follows Japanese tradition. Indigo-dyed yukata prints cushion rattan armchairs.

Frequenters of flea markets as well as antique shops, the Suyamas acquire anything that intrigues them bleached antlers to boat models, sake crocks to rustic baskets. These Suyama arranges densely into fascinating still lifes. As a guideline for imposing artistic order on diverse objects, he suggests, "Try to arrange things as if you had to fit them within the outline of some kind of triangle."
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Title Annotation:Inside the Western Home
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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