Origins : the creative spark behind Japan's best product designs / Shu Hagiwara ; photography by Masashi Kuma ; translated by Philip Price.

by Hagiwara, Shū, 1961-Looking glass; Kuma, Masashi.

Publisher: Tokyo ; Kodansha International, [2006]Description: 111 pages : colour illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm.ISBN: 4770030401; 9784770030405.Subject(s): Industrial design -- JapanLooking glass | New products -- JapanLooking glass | Technological innovations -- JapanLooking glassLanguage: Translated from the Japanese.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Gorgeously illustrated and lively, this new book reveals the ideas that led to Japan's most innovative and exciting contemporary product designs, including delightful examples of furniture, appliances, and devices that are useful, graceful, eye-catching, and distinctly Japanese. Japan has a long history of combining the newest technology with clever, striking and intricate design, the result of the traditional aesthetic of monozukuri, or the art of making things.' The unique style and efficiency of Japan's best products have earned the respect of'

Translated from the Japanese.

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Shu Hagiwara was born in Tokyo in 1961. In the last ten years, he has planned many exhibitions and publications about the home, furniture, and daily commodities for the Living Design Center, Inc. Since 2004, he has been working as a freelance design director and an owner of a stationary shop.

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