This beautifully illustrated and comprehensive volume explores the philosophy, aesthetic principles, and enduring impact of Japanese design on the global stage. Written by renowned design experts Rossella Menegazzo and Stefania Piotti, the book delves into the rich history and diverse expressions of “Wa,” which translates to harmony, balance, and simplicity.
Through over 300 exquisite photographs and insightful text, the authors unravel the intricacies of traditional and contemporary Japanese design across a wide array of disciplines, including architecture, interiors, fashion, textiles, ceramics, and graphics. The book showcases iconic works from acclaimed designers and artists such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Kengo Kuma, and Tadao Ando, as well as emerging talents reinterpreting the essence of “Wa” for a new generation.
“Wa: The Essence of Japanese Design” invites readers to discover the elegance, craftsmanship, and unique sensibilities that have come to define Japanese design. Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, historical, and spiritual context that shapes these creations, and learn how the principles of “Wa” continue to inspire designers and artists worldwide.
Whether you are a design enthusiast, an admirer of Japanese culture, or simply curious about the captivating world of “Wa,” this book is an essential addition to your collection. Let its pages take you on a visual journey that will both enlighten and inspire, as you explore the transformative power of harmony and simplicity in design.
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