A while back, when my husband and I were refurbishing our first apartment we had a Japanese employee working with us in our architectural practice. He was helping us out with some of the work in the apartment and saw the little recess we had created in the side of the wall, under the stairs, and he remarked 'oh, you made a tokonoma'. To which we replied 'a toko - what?'
|The Second Tokonoma, August 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes|
And so, when be began constructing the interior of our second home, we built another tokonoma. A perfect little pocket of a space. I must admit, I love these teeny tiny architectural details in a home - the moments when a large space becomes articulated and scaled down to the size of a hand.
I think next time round I'd like to make the tokonoma a bit bigger, perhaps with areas of differing depths of recess, with perhaps a little bit more materiality, a timber or tiled base.
I wonder, does your home have a tokonoma?