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Origins : The Creative Spark Behind Japan's Best Product Designs

By (author) Shu Hagiwara , By (author) Masashi Kuma

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Gorgeously illustrated and lively, this new book reveals the ideas that led to Japan's most innovative and exciting contemporary product designs, including delightful examples of furniture, appliances, and devices that are useful, graceful, eye-catching, and distinctly Japanese. Japan has a long history of combining the newest technology with clever, striking and intricate design, the result of the traditional aesthetic of monozukuri, or 'the art of making things.' The unique style and efficiency of Japan's best products have earned the respect of

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  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 238 x 282 x 22mm | 997.91g
  • 01 Apr 2007
  • Kodansha America, Inc
  • Kodansha International Ltd
  • Tokyo
  • English
  • 90 colour photographs & sketches
  • 4770030401
  • 9784770030405

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Author Information

Shu Hagiwara was born in Tokyo in 1961. In the last ten years, he has planned many exhibitions and publications about the home, furniture, and daily commodities for the Living Design Center, Inc. Since 2004, he has been working as a freelance design director and an owner of a stationary shop.

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"Spectacularly rendered coffee-table collection ... from furniture to appliances to toys to even the ubiquitous drip-free soy sauce bottle." --The Bloomsbury Review

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