Wa – Japanese Design


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The book features works by some of the most important Japanese designers – from Sori Yanagi and Shiro Kuramata, to Naoto Fukasawa and Tokujin Yoshioka.

Introductory essay by Kenya Hara.

Through some 250 objects this book explores contemporary Japanese design: from everyday objects and packaging to interior design and lighting elements.

“Ultimately the book aims to explore the way in which Japanese design manages to harness its materials – whether natural or synthetic – and at the same time combines respect for tradition with forward-thinking and experimentation.”

Obkects chosen because of their strong Japanese character and the influence this ‘Japaneseness’ has had on Western culture.

Rather than following a chronological order or concentrating on the designers, this book focuses on the objects and is categorized by material, highlighting the strong link between design and material in Japan.

Wood, Bamboo & Lacquer; Paper; Metal; Fabric & Textiles; Ceramic; Synthetic/new materials

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