Critical Design in Japan: Material Culture, Luxury, and the Avant-Garde - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)
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Critical Design in Japan: Material Culture, Luxury, and the Avant-Garde - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 03/07/2020
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This book tells the story of critical avant-garde design in Japan, which emerged during the 1960s and continues to inspire designers today. The practice communicates a form of visual and material protest drawing on the ideologies and critical theories of the 1960s and 1970s, notably feminism, body politics, the politics of identity, and ecological, anti-consumerist and anti-institutional critiques, as well as the concept of otherness. It also presents an encounter between two seemingly contradictory concepts: luxury and the avant-garde. The book challenges the definition of design as the production of unnecessary decorative and conceptual objects, and the characterisation of Japanese design in particular as beautiful, sublime or a product of 'Japanese culture'. In doing so it reveals the ways in which material and visual culture serve to voice protest and formulate a social critique.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526139979
Number of pages: 248
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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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