elements of japanese design

elements of japanese design

by Boyé Lafayette De Mente
Publisher: Tuttle; (2006)
Paperback: 142 pages

This is not specifically a book on wabi sabi, but rather it contains short entries on sixty-five key elements of Japanese design. Wabi and sabi are separate one to two page entries. Other entries include: wa (harmony); kaizen (continuous improvement); bonsai (miniature trees); and many more. A good overview of the history and culture behind these design concepts, by an expert on Japan.

There is no other culture in which design and quality have played such a significant role in the day–to–day life of the people” (p.xv).

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