Katachi: The Essence of Japanese Design

Katachi: The Essence of Japanese Design

by Takeji Iwamiya, Kazuya Takaoka, Chronicle Books
     
 

Untranslatable, the word katachi signifies the essence of Japanese designthe 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:

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Untranslatable, the word katachi signifies the essence of Japanese designthe 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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This is another beautiful, box-like book from Chronicle, volumes that just might hold the barricades against e-books. After a brief introduction to the somewhat opaque concept of Katachi (an emptiness pulling in what's around it, extracting and transforming its essence), full-page b&w photos of mostly everyday objects without borders and without text, follow. These are divided up into the categories, paper, wood, bamboo, fiber, clay, metal, and stone. Pictures are in close-up and without captions. But in the back all photos are thumbnailed and fully-described. Ah, the Japanese<-- >devotees of space and simplicity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811825474
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Takeji Iwamiya (1920-1989) was one of Japan's foremost photographers and a professor at Osaka University of Arts. His many published books and exhibitions explored subjects including gardens, images of the Buddha, and traditional Japanese motifs.

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