Japanese Design

By Kathryn B. Hiesinger (editor), Felice Fischer (editor),

Book cover of Japanese Design: A Survey Since 1950

Book description

Shows the evolution of Japanese commercial designs over the last five decades

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1 author picked Japanese Design as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I first encountered this book many years before I began my own.

It accompanied a marvelous exhibit launched by the Philadelphia Museum of Art which, sadly, I did not see in person. Arranged by decade, the body of the book features individual products from the 1950s to the 1990s.

This reveals the overlap between different design disciplines and the cross-fertilization of ideas. I love the large photos which pull you in and make you want to read the texts. The supporting essays were contributed by many of the most important design luminaries at work in Japan.

By the time I…

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