Critical Design in Japan: Material Culture, Luxury, and the Avant-Garde - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)Ory Bartal (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
'Systematically and eloquently taking us through the most important thinking on design and its place in our symbolic and social order, Ory Bartal brings out the myriad social critiques in Japanese material culture. He ranges from the new aesthetic milieu of the postwar miracle to the pioneering designs of Ishioka Eiko and Suzuki Hachiro, the radical fashions of Rei Kawakubo, the Arcadian retail vision of Mujirushi Ryokin, the theatrically phantasmagorical designs of Hironen, and then into the digital age of design in the twenty-first century. Richly illustrated, entertaining and insightful, this book is essential for anyone seriously interested in Japanese design.'
Toby Slade, Keio University
'Bartal uses critical theory to present to the reader the outcome of multilingual scholarship, which has resulted in a wealth of information and detail that deserves attention, recognition, and further exploration.'
Design and Culture review
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