Japan Design: The Four Seasons in Design
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Tokyo. Libro Port Co., Ltd. 1984. First edition. Hardcover, w. pictorial jacket printed in full colour. 142pp. (ill. in colour). Fine.
Edited by Ikko Tanaka and Koike Kazuo. Japanese and English translations.
An image study of the relationship between Japanese design and natural powers of conception. As an island nation, Japan is isolated by the destructive and rejuvenate and drastically varying seasons. Each region's practical or aesthetic design choices reflect the environments surrounding them, and the value of objects is built on a living relationship within our lives, and how these objects change over time – like wind and waves chipping away at a beach; as snowmelt breathes vibrant new life up the mountainside.