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

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


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

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  • Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 238mm x 282mm x 22mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 4770030401
  • ISBN 13: 9784770030405
  • Illustrations note: 90 colour photographs & sketches

Product description

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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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.

Review quote

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