WA: The Essence of Japanese Design
by Rossella Menegazzo, Stefania Piotti and Kenya Hara
Published by Phaidon
This book explores contemporary japanese design : from everyday objects and packaging to interior design and lighting elements. Ultimately tit aims to explore the way in which Japanese design manages to harness its materials – whether natural or synthetic – and at the same time combines respect for tradition with forward-thinking and experimentation.
‘WA’ focuses on the objects and is categorized by material, highlighting the strong link between design and material in Japan going through 250 objects designed by important Japanese designers as Sori Yanagi, Shiro Kuramata, Naoto Fukasawa to Tokujin Yoshioka.
I highly recommend this book for all designers, this is a must have, a know base of the essence and enduring impact of japanese design. The book is printed on craft paper and bound in the traditional japanese style. And if you were wondering ‘WA’ means ‘harmony’.