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Bio 26 Common Knowledge Box - 26th Biennial Of Design Ljubljana

Museum Architecture And Design 2020 ISBN 9789616669573 Acqn 30741
Bx 19x26cm 430pp col ills £43.50

Published on the occasion of Ljubljana's 26th Biennial of Design, 'Common Knowledge' focuses
on the interrelations between the information crisis and citizenship, examining the role and
potential of contemporary design in shaping knowledge and truth, and in the recalibration of our
infosphere. In order to tackle this complex theme, the curators adopted the data-information-
knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) pyramid to structure the biennial's exhibition, commissions, public
programmes, and catalogue. The publication is split into five "magazines" - each issue explores
the topic from various viewpoints, through essays, interviews, photo reportages, infographics, and

A Guide To Japanese Katagami Designs

Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527753 Acqn 30743
Pb 11x15cm 334pp col ills £18.50

Katagami stencils are made by treating handmade Japanese paper with fermented persimmon
tannin and are carved in a stunning variety of designs, which are mainly used for dyeing kimono
fabric. This book includes around 180 examples selected from a collection held by Kyotech,
whose predecessor company, founded in 1933, was the largest producer and seller of katagami
in Kyoto. Discover the rich inventiveness of the Japanese aesthetic through dozens of motifs
ranging from seasonal themes such as plum blossoms and dragonflies to basic patterns of stripes
and arabesques. Many are shown together with ukiyo-e prints which incorporate similar designs
or patterns.

Mina Perhonen / Minagawa Akira – Tsuzuku

Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527647 Acqn 30744
Hb 18x27cm 280pp col ills £46

Akira Minagawa established the Mina Perhonen fashion and textile brand in 1995. Marking its
25th anniversary, this exhibition catalogue centres around the multiple meanings of the term
'tsuzuku': beginning, ending, enhancing, returning, mind, and shape. Featuring a rich array of
textiles, garments, interior goods, and tableware, as well as original design drawings, video
projects, and illustrations, the publication explores Minagawa's thinking and practice, wherein the
production of value for both the maker and user is key. Through expressing creative, universal
values, the brand also considers the meaning of producing and the relationship between design
and society today.

Modern Kyoto Pattern

Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527739 Acqn 30745
Pb 11x15cm 286pp col ills £18.50

The arrival and further development of machine printing in Japan made mass production possible
in the field of textiles. In Kyoto, in particular, the period up to the 1970s was when the creation
and production of a broad spectrum of new designs that incorporated traditional Japanese motifs,
pop culture, and many other influences occurred. This fascinating book presents around 240
designs selected from the enormous collection left by Tetsuro Terada, who was active as a
designer during Japan's golden age of machine printing. With vivid colours and sometimes
surprising patterns, the designs are an inspiring visual record of how designing for textiles has
changed in the 20th century.

Kenbu - A Performing Art Shaped By Samurai Aesthetics

Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527708 Acqn 30746
Pb 11x15cm 180pp col ills £21.95

The Japanese classical performing art known as kenbu refers to interpretive dance with a sword
or fan accompanied by shigin - recitals of poetry with traditional music. It is supposed to have
originated from performances by young samurai in the late Edo period, who were concerned
about Japan's future and therefore took to the stage while wielding their swords. Kenbu rapidly
became popular and spread throughout Japan in the late 19th century. It can be understood as a
performing art that has preserved the samurai spirit and culture up to the present day. This book
gives an overview of kenbu's various aspects and also offers insight regarding its practice and

The Chemarts Cookbook

Aalto University 2020 ISBN 9789526088020 Acqn 30748
Pb 18x25cm 192pp col ills £37

This publication presents both simple and more advanced ideas and recipes for hands-on
experiments with wood-based materials. Focusing on raw materials that are processed either
chemically or mechanically from trees or other plants (cellulose fibres, micro- or nano-structured
fibrils, cellulose derivatives, lignin, bark extractives, etc.), it offers a fascinating look at the
innovative use of renewable cellulosic materials and how this can change our material world.
Among other things, it addresses how we can make flexible and transparent wood-based
materials, as well as the kinds of material we can derive from forests while still respecting and
sustaining natural resources.

Setsuya Hashizume - Retro Handbills From The Taisho And Showa Era
Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527869 Acqn 30866
Pb 13x18cm 256pp col ills £29.95

Setsuya Hashizume, researcher and professor at Osaka University in Japan, compiled this
volume of reproductions of handbills, illustrative of the rich history of commercial design in the city
of Osaka. Every kind of product, service, destination, entertainment, and more seems to be
represented in this impressive collection of printed matter that spans practically the whole 20th
century. Bold kanji lettering, bright colours, and eye-catching illustrations, offer fascinating insight
into trends in Japan's commercial design throughout the years. Many have clear influences from
the graphic design traditions of the West, while others are uniquely Japanese in their appearance.

Kira Karacho - Patterned Stationery Book

Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 ISBN 9784861527968 Acqn 30867
Pb 21x14cm 216pp col ills £29.95

As the successors to an artisanal studio founded in 1624 in Kyoto, Kira Karacho are specialists in
'karakami', a traditional craft made by adding designs and decorations to washi, or Japanese
handmade paper. Akihiko Toto, a leading figure in the field, and Aiko Senda, who began creating
'karakami' cards as a teenager, together present a special collection of this traditional paper. Toto
has developed 'karakami' into a fine art form with his unique printing techniques, while Senda's
distinct colour sensibility contributes to her dedication to its enrichment and appreciation. The
book consists of 96 sample pieces of stationary with 30 different patterns and colour schemes.

100 Beautiful Words In The Way Of Tea

Tankosha 2020 ISBN 9784473044006 Acqn 30869
Pb 13x19cm 112pp col ills £22.50

Tea ceremony expert Bruce Hamana Sosei offers a collection of words, phrases, and concepts
that touch upon the very heart of Japanese traditions and culture. Themes range from the
seasons, flora and fauna, and other natural phenomena, to useful or ceremonial objects,
important calendar days, gods and spirits, and the formal tea ceremony itself. Clear and detailed
explanations are given for each word introduced in the book, as well as the relationships between
certain words and their meanings, and the whole is organised according to the new year period
followed by the four seasons.

Vico Magistretti - Stories of Objects

Triest Verlag 2020 ISBN 9783038630494 Acqn 30854
Pb 16x24cm 272pp col ills £30

Milanese architect Vico Magistretti started his work as an industrial designer in the 1960s, going
on to create more than 300 products and furniture objects. Yet only 70 of these design classics
are still in production today. Author Anniina Koivu researched the Magistretti archive and
specialist journals to discover more about his work and the manufacturing history of his products.
Her interviews with furniture brands and in-house product designers revealed some surprising
findings, and twelve of Magistretti's iconic creations are given in-depth analysis in this book, along
with essays on the use of photography in marketing design products and media coverage of
furniture over the years.

Kimono Memos
Seigensha Art Publishing 2020 no ISBN Acqn 30872
Pb 9x8cm 70pp col ills £6.25 +VAT

Tidily folded into a compact, brightly coloured package, 'Kimono Memos' actually appears
reminiscent of its clothing namesake. The designs in this series draw on traditional motifs said to
bring good fortune: ocean waves, arrow feathers, seven treasures, checkerboard, and scales.
Instructions on the reverse show how to unfold the slim little box, which contains loose sheets of
lined memo paper featuring the same cheerful colours and patterns, and conveniently stand it on
your desk. These easy-to-grab sheets for jotting down notes will brighten anyone's day. The 5
different patterns are ordered individually and randomly supplied.

Pattern, Crime & Decoration

Les Presses Du Reel 2020 ISBN 9782378961275 Acqn 30862
Pb 23x30cm 96pp col ills £42.75

This catalogue accompanies two exhibitions (at MAMCO, Geneva, and the Consortium Museum,
Dijon) that highlight the groundbreaking, artist-led American art movement known as Pattern and
Decoration. Active from the mid-1970s until the early '80s, its rejection of the rigid tenets of
formalism and embrace of decorative motifs and non-Western visual forms can be seen as a
forerunner of many currents in art that followed. Using deconstructed shapes, dazzling colours,
and mixed patterns, it was grounded in feminism and a refusal of the patriarchal, Eurocentric
framework of modernism. Many artists from the movement are presented here in their historical
and formal context.

Tibetan Typeforms - An Historical And Visual Analysis Of Tibetan Typefaces

De Buitenkant Publishers 2020 ISBN 9789490913953 Acqn 30863
Hb 21x30cm 350pp ills £198

'Tibetan Typeforms' presents in-depth research regarding the origin, development, and
typographical function of letter types in Tibetan writing, from their beginnings in 1738 to the
present. Besides introducing the characteristics of Tibetan script and the chronological evolution
of letter design and typographic techniques, it also offers a comparative visual and analytical
investigation of the manufacture of multilingual typesets and their deployment. Multiple solutions
for these typographical complexities are identified, including the placement of diacritical marks,
the vertical composition of syllable ligatures, and the many glyphs to be designed.

Animals In Netsuke Art

Mitsumura Suiko Shoin 2020 ISBN 9784838105854 Acqn 30870
Pb 12x16cm 256pp col ills £37

Netsuke are small carved ornaments, often of ivory or wood, worn as part of Japanese traditional
dress as a button-like toggle by which an article may be attached to the sash of a kimono. Over
time, these accessories became especially ornate, and their production was most widespread
during Japan's Edo period. In Japan and elsewhere, enthusiastic collectors have prized these
small ornate objects from the 18th century on. This book exclusively features netsuke designed in
the form of various animals, from insects and mammals to mythological beasts, endearingly
imagined and rendered into an art form. Discover a menagerie of fox priests, dancing cats, sea
creatures, and more.

The Allure Of Japanese Contemporary Ceramics

Mitsumura Suiko Shoin 2020 ISBN 9784838105922 Acqn 30871
Hb 17x25cm 174pp col ills £49.50

Since Japan opened to trade with the West in the mid-19th century, collectors and curators have
been enamoured with Japanese ceramics. In the past two decades, this love has deepened and
broadened, touching upon both functional and sculptural works by contemporary artists. This has
in turn had a significant impact on the artistic development in Japan. This book explores the many
reasons behind recent Western interest in contemporary Japanese clay through dedicated
collectors and galleries, as well as the emergence of great art by both senior masters and rising
talents. Further, it addresses how the interaction of East and West has culminated in this evolving

An Introduction To Kimono
Tokyo Bijutsu 2020 ISBN 9784808711559 Acqn 30904
Pb 18x26cm 128pp col ills £33.75

The kimono is widely recognised as a traditional element of Japanese culture. The origins of this
colourful and highly symbolic garment can be found in the Heian period, when similar large-
sleeved clothing was worn by the nobility. This book introduces kimonos worn by women and
examines how they have changed in many ways over the years, as well as the variations
according to the wearer's social class, how different kimonos were worn during different seasons,
and how the obi and various accessories have also evolved. The history and explanations offered
here are written in an easily understandable way, also for the non-Japanese reader who is
interested in Japanese culture.