Opening doors to beauty, tradition and versatility
For a vast array of traditional and new Hawaiian Fusion custom shoji screens, doors and room dividers, Shoji Hawaii is your one-stop shop. The business, owned by Burt Ollestad and Bob Pierce, started focusing on shoji doors five years ago.
According to the company’s website, shoji screens can be made to slide or fold, and can be used as closet doors, room dividers, pocket doors, regular doors and even window coverings. The company’s handy website illustrates many design ideas to consider and shows examples of completed installations.
“The type of material we use is a laminated version of rice paper that represents the latest Japanese technology,” said co-founder Burt Ollestad. “It has a PVC coating, which makes it extremely strong — you can wash it or use a sponge to clean it.”
Besides the unique materials used to make these doors, Shoji Hawaii also stands apart from other businesses because every project is custom.
“Everything we build is custom made,” confirmed co-founder Bob Pierce. “We have to cover various-sized openings, so there’s no such thing for us as having standardsized doors and we install the doors ourselves, paying close attention to the details.”
Because every process is different and every client’s space is unique, interested customers should call Shoji Hawaii and set up an appointment for a free estimate. Shoji Hawaii also works with designers, architects and contractors.
“We ask them what they’re looking for, go to their home, look at the space and measure it all out,” Ollestad explained. “We bring samples of the wood and consult with the customers on what would work best with their space and decor.”
Shoji doors serve as functional art, according to co-owner Bob Pierce.
“A room divider that’s made with shoji doors gives you flexibility to open and slide the doors, creating an expandable space that you can’t get with a solid wall,” he said, “They bring a wonderful soft light and ambiance to the new spaces they create.”
Shoji Hawaii’s doors are also beneficial because they promote green living in your home or office.
“Shoji doors can also be used to separate different parts of the house so the A/C can stay contained in one room,” Ollestad said. “Last summer, when it was so hot, we got a lot of requests to put in shoji doors so customers could keep all the cold air in one room.”