WA: The Essence of Japanese Design

WA: The Essence of Japanese Design



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

Explore the enduring beauty of Japanese design through some 250+ objects, ranging from bento boxes, calligraphy brushes, and Shoji sliding doors to Noguchi's Akari lamp, the iconic Kikkoman soy sauce bootle, and a modern‐day kimono designed by Issey Miyake.

Printed on craft paper and bound in the traditional Japanese style, WA features stunning, full‐page illustrations and an introduction by MUJI art director Kenya Hara.

"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 some 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

Publisher: Phaidon Press | Pub Date: April 14, 2014| Format: Paperback | Pages: 288 | Dimensions: 1" H x 10.5" L x 8.1" W | 2.6 lbs