Katachi: Classical Japanese Design

Katachi: Classical Japanese Design by Takeji Iwamiya

ISBN10: 0811825477
ISBN13: 978-0811825474
Author: Takeji Iwamiya
Title: Katachi: Classical Japanese Design
Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1999)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1868 kb
Size PDF: 1906 kb
Rating: 3.6/5
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Subcategory: History & Criticism

Katachi: Classical Japanese Design by Takeji Iwamiya



Untranslatable, the word katachi signifies the essence of Japanese design—the form, symmetry, and workmanship of traditional craft. Embodying the marriage of beauty and functionality that is the key to the Japanese aesthetic, the objects presented in Katachi are made of materials that have played an important role in Japanese life for centuries: wood, bamboo, stone, fiber, metal, earth. The photographs, in black-and-white and color, showcase pieces ranging from exquisite geometric stone carvings and architecturally elegant shoji screens to such humble yet perfectly conceived objects as combs, sandals, rakes, and teapots. Twenty years in the making, photographer Takeji Iwamiya's masterwork is a lovingly rendered tribute to these objects and the culture they sprang from. Japanese concepts of shape and form have been a major influence on contemporary design throughout the world, and this eloquent collection will appeal to designers as much as to connoisseurs of Japanese art and culture.

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