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