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WA: The Essence of Japanese Design

Rossella Menegazzo

Published by Phaidon Verlag Gmbh Jul 2014, 2014
ISBN 10: 0714866962 / ISBN 13: 9780714866963
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Title: WA: The Essence of Japanese Design

Publisher: Phaidon Verlag Gmbh Jul 2014

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Buch

Book Condition: Neu


Neuware - In this exquisitely produced book, readers can explore the beauty, essence, and enduring impact of Japanese design through 250 key objects, ranging from calligraphy brushes and traditional lacquered bento boxes to Isamu Noguchi s paper lamps and other modern classics. Projects are organized by material, with chapters on wood, metal, glass, ceramics & stone, paper, fabric and synthetic materials, each introduced by a short essay. Features contributions from the most important Japanese designers, such as Shiro Kuramata, Naoto Fukasawa and Sori Yanagi, alongside contemporary pieces from up-and-coming designers. 288 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9780714866963

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Synopsis: An exploration of the beauty and essence of Japanese design through 300 objects: from everyday items, to iconic fashion and furniture.

Review: " . . . explores the beauty, essence, and enduring impact of Japanese design. . . Printed on craft paper and bound in the traditional Japanese style with a stitched spine and folded pages, the book itself is an art masterpiece." - "Chopsticks Magazine""For those unfamiliar with the Japanese term 'wa', it can be loosely translated to mean 'harmony.' The concept can be seen in many ways in Japanese culture; in this book it's defined through 250 objects - from a 16th century bamboo case to a 1950s Isamu Noguchi table to a modern-day silk robe by Kenzo. What you can be sure of: everything chosen for the book is beautifully designed - right down to the utilitarian Kikkoman soy sauce bottle." - "The New York Post""Menegazzo and Piotti distill centuries of the wabi-wabi way of life in this elegantly curated photograph album of everyday items. . . While minimalism might not be everyone's cup of green tea, those with the desire to pare down will surely find inspiration." - "Publishers Weekly""Exquisite. . . as an object itself, as well as a fantastic book that will further the knowledge and understanding of the sublime beauty of Japanese design." - Wendy Goodman, "New York" magazine" . . . a beautiful compendium. . . What a shogun started in the 15th century still has currency today." - "The New York Times""An intellectually honest and provocative introduction to the culture of Japanese design practices." - "Identity" magazine

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