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INSPIRED SHAPES: Contemporary Designs for Japan's Ancient Crafts

Koyama, Ori

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ISBN 10: 4770029500 / ISBN 13: 9784770029508
Published by Kodansha, NY, 2005
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Title: INSPIRED SHAPES: Contemporary Designs for ...

Publisher: Kodansha, NY

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Kuwata, Mizuho; Photographer

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition

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The movement to bring contemporary sensibilities to Japan's traditional crafts-in stunning photographs and inspiring words.

Inspired Shapes is the first book to showcase the work of today's innovative Japanese craftspeople who are striving to keep their crafts viable, yet compatible with modern lifestyles and aesthetics. Author Ori Koyama searched throughout Japan to find the artists and works most representative of the movement. What she found was truly inspiring:
craftspeople, young and old, male and female, embracing the challenge of bringing new ideas and ways of thinking into harmony with tradition-often with startling results. They work in bamboo, glass, wood, paper, lacquer, metal, textiles, grasses, vines and earth. The one thing they all share is their commitment to their work.

The book is organized by medium: each section discusses a specific material and its relationship to Japanese tradition. The works themselves are presented in exquisite photographs by Mizuho Kuwata and complemented by illuminating descriptions and explanations, often in the words of the artists themselves.

Inspired Shapes is not only a book about design, but a book about heritage and creativity. It celebrates fine workmanship, vibrant life and the need for both tradition and change.

BAMBOO

Light Screen
Susutake Bed
Knife and Fork
Baskets

WOOD

Camel Chest
Meditation Stool
Folding Desk

TEXTILE

Norens
Tapestry
Cushions

PAPER

Lamps
Wood Grain Writing Paper
Folding Screen
Paper Coil Bowl

METAL

Iron Kettle
Iron Candlestick
Iron Bookends
Silver Pitcher

LACQUER

Stacked Boxes
Stacked Cups
Pet Bottle

PLUS

GLASS
GRASSES
VINES
EARTH

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ORI KOYAMA is the preeminent interior décor stylist focusing on Japanese traditional arts and crafts and their place in the culture and society. She is the author of six books and has worked for magazines, department stores, art galleries and advertising campaigns.

Yokohama-born MIZUHO KUWATA is a graduate of Tama Arts University, whose photographic themes are the city of Tokyo and Japanese culture. This is his first book project.

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