Japanese Designer ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต (Page 3)

“Design is not for philosophy it’s for life.”

Issey Miyake

Hello Kitty featured image

When the Japanese company Sanrio first launched โ€œHello Kittyโ€ in 1974 as a greetings card for children, this patented brand cartoonlike image of a cat (a lucky emblem in Japan) was applied to over 1,000 products ranging from domestic appliances, computer keyboards, personal stereos, and credit cards to sweet wrappers, T-shirts, and eyelash curlersRead More →

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In 1965, Kusama erected the first of her now-famous immersive environments. Infinity Mirror Room โ€“ Phalliโ€™s Field (Floor Show) fused her interests in repetition, sexual exploration, psychology, and perception by filling a roughly 25-square-meter mirrored room with a thick carpet of soft, twisting phalluses camouflaged in the artistโ€™s signature polka dots.Read More →

Osamu Tezuka stars featured image

Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is widely regarded as the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally wanted to be a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a children’s medium. Among his many early masterpieces was the Astro Boy series, which was popular in the United States.Read More →

Ukiyo-e is a Japanese art form that flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of female beauties, kabuki performers, and sumo wrestlers, historical and folk tale scenes, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotica, among other subjects. “Pictures of the Floating Planet” is how the word “ukiyo-e” is translated.Read More →

Tanaka Ikke cover art featured image

Tanaka Ikko (born 1930 in Nara) is a well-known master of graphic design. His work combines influences from the East and the West, acknowledging the vocabulary of European Modernism while remaining distinctively Japanese.Read More →

Japan Style: Architecture + Interiors + Design

Japanese homes speak to the soul and provide a contemplative environment from which to experience the world.Read More →

Kimono, Vanishing Tradition

Kimono, Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century. The lovely design of this revised 2nd edition also renders it a โ€œcoffee table worthyโ€ purchase or gift. The subject is particularly timely nowโ€”since although people have been talking about the Japanese “vanishing” kimono traditionโ€ for years, the most wondrous of the vintage garments from 1970s and prior are now truly an endangered species for kimono aficionadosRead More →

Akari Lamp featured image

In 1951, Isamu Noguchi visited the town of Gifu, Japan, known for its manufacture ofRead More →

Forms stackable chair featured image

The Forms Stackable Stool features a lovely circle seat with a convenient stacking capability. Solid wood frame and plywood wood veneer seat.Read More →