Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture

Japanese-Design

“Japanese design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture” has been released by Tuttle Publishing. It gives a unique view on Japanese design through a foreigner’s perspective, from traditional design such as Kimono and Ukiyoe to modern design, for example, “Butterfly Stool” by Sori Yanagi. This is not one of those books that attempts to explain everything about Japanese design. Instead, it examines “Japanese design” by looking into traditional Japanese cultural concepts such as “Wabi”, “Sabi”, “Iki”, and “Ma”. This relatively small 160-page book explains the foundation of foreigners’ admiration of Japanese culture and aesthetics. It contains over 200 images of Japanese architecture and objects to accompany a range of analyses on what characterizes “Japanese design”.

About the Author
Patricia J. Graham is an author, lecturer, and professional consultant on Asian art. She is a certied appraiser who works with private collectors, museums, attorneys, insurance companies, auction houses, and universities. Her books include Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600–2005, and Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha, both published by the University of Hawaii Press. Find out more from Patricia on patriciagraham.net

“Japanese design: Art, Aestetics & Culture” can be purchased here, and we will give away two copies to randomly selected winners among those who “liked” our facebook page from today!

More info: Tuttle Publishing http://www.tuttlepublishing.com/

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BCTION – Art project in Tokyo

Over seventy artists are exhibiting their art work at a nine-story, soon-to-be demolished building in Tokyo. It is expected that many more older buildings in Tokyo will be demolished in the near future as they don’t have earthquake proof structures. The “BCTION” project offers unique opportunities for artists by making use of the dead space in the city.

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Issey Miyake x Tendo Mokko

Issey Miyake has released a series of accessories by collaborating with Tendo Mokko. Tendo Mokko is well known as a manufacturer of iconic furniture such as “Butterfly stool” by Sori Yanagi. Issey Miyake is promoting a collection with the theme “Rhythmatic Forest”, and the philosophy of Tendo Mokko has perfectly matched with the concept of Issey Miyake’s new collection. The accessories will be available at the following stores in Japan: Issey Miyake/Aoyama, Elltob Tep Issey Miyake/Ginza, Issey Miyake/Kobe.

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Flowerman

Flowerman is a vase for a single flower. A flower shows so many different expressions – it looks as if it is happy, sad, contemplating… There are two types available: “standing” and “seating”. Designed by Ayumi Sakamoto and Tomomi Uchiyama for Japanese brand h concept.

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SnapLite by Tent

SnapLite works as a standard desk lamp, but it transforms itself into a high quality scanner when combined with iPhone. With the powerful image stabilizer, it perfectly scans up to A4 size document. The scanned images given by SnapLite are even clearer than traditional scanners. It automatically synchronizes with your iPhone via bluetooth, so all you have to do is simply starting the SnapLite application on your iPhone and scanning your document.

SnapLite Introduction from SnapLite on Vimeo.

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Petition against Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Pritzker lauretes Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched a petition against the construction of new Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which is to be designed by Zaha Hadid. It was originally initiated by a renowned anthropologist Shin-ichi Nakazawa, and Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have joined the protest. They have pointed out the fact that 1) the selection process is unclear, 2) the construction process is unclear, 3) the excessive cost, and 4) neglecting the historic environment.

Ito and Maki have proposed an alternative plan which is to renovate the existing stadium. The cost of the renovation is estimated to be less than half the cost of building the Olympic stadium.

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Mugs for Starbucks Japan by Nendo

Nendo has added a graphic to the base of a white Starbucks coffee mug which looks like the surface of a coffee drink. It looks as if it is full when it is put upside down. Three different types are available: mug americano, mug latte, and mug caramel macchiato. The mugs will be released in Starbucks throughout Japan.

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photos by Akihiro Yoshida (via www.nendo.jp)

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UnBrella by Hiroshi Kajimoto for h concept

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Hiroshi Kajimoto has created the “UnBRELLA,” an upside down, inside out umbrella for Japanese design company h concept. Since it is inside out, the wet side is inside when it is folded – useful and practical in a crowded area. It also stands itself without any support. Currently available only in Japan.

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50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases

Japanese design shop is offering 50% off on “hope forever blossoming” flower vases.

Filled with water, this vinyl envelope is transformed into a fully functional 3D vase. The refraction of light through the water adds to the beauty of this simple flower vase. Each envelope contains two vases.
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Shupua

“Shupua” is a collection of cups and glasses made from silicone. It is manufactured by Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd, and designed and sold by h concept. The special material that has high transparency makes it look like a real glass. It is unbreakable, easy to get a grip on, and doesn’t form condensation – due to the material. 1800 Japanese yen (around 18 US dollars) for cups and 2200 Jpaanese yen (around 22 US dollars) for the glasses.

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