A revealing look at Japanese design, weaving together the stories of people who shaped Japan’s design industries with social history, economic conditions, and geopolitics.
Perceptions of Japanese design range from an ethos of carefully crafted minimalism to avant-garde catwalk fashion to the Kawaii aesthetic populating Tokyo streets. But these portrayals often overlook the individual creativity and labor that have gone into creating and maintaining design industries in Japan.
In Designing Modern Japan, Sarah Teasley deftly weaves together the stories of people who have shaped Japan’s design industries with social history, economic conditions, and geopolitics. Key to her account is how communities have strategically used design to thrive during turbulent times, and for making life better along the way. Deeply researched and superbly illustrated, Designing Modern Japan appeals to a wide audience for Japanese design, history, and culture.
Published by Reaktion Books in 2022. Hardcover, measures 8.8 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches, 424 pages. ISBN 9781780232027