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November 23, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

The subtlety, asymmetry and deceptively simple lines of Japanese style are echoed in the current work of many American artisans and designers. When Judy Taylor Orlinsky opened her shop Japonaji in 1993 (now located in Fells Point at 905 S. Ann St. Wharf), she had to hunt for Japanese-influenced pieces by American artists. Now she finds them at every craft and gift show she attends.

Pictured (counterclockwise, from right):

* An in yo (the Japanese equivalent of yin-yang) wall clock by Ziro has a wooden frame ($72).

* Japonaji owner Orlinsky sits with Ziro in yo table clocks (in a range of prices, around $60).

* A Japanese-style paper fan wall lamp with bamboo spokes is made with handmade paper by Kimbyl Edwards ($125).

* In their new book "Design with Japanese Obi" (Charles E. Tuttle, $27.95), Diane and Ann Wiltshire demonstrate how Japanese kimono sashes are being used in interiors today as wall hangings, table art, framing accents and many other ways.

* This fall at the High Point home furnishings market, Bexley Heath, Ltd., introduced six new Frank Lloyd Wright reproductions with decidedly Japanese style, like this upholstered armchair from the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Available through designers and architects.

Pub Date: 11/23/97

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