Spotlight: Japanese Design

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JAPANESE DESIGN IS ROOTED IN A CULTURE RICH IN THE UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF THE WORLD AROUND US. FROM THE BEAUTY-IN-SIMPLICITY OF THE HAIKU, TO THE APPRECIATION OF THE WAY A CERTAIN PLANT LOOKS WHEN IT GROWS, EVEN IN A WAY THAT IS IMPERFECT, THE AESTHETIC OF THE JAPANESE DESIGN COMMUNITY IS VERY DEEPLY INFORMED BY A MIXTURE OF TRADITION, NATURAL BEAUTY, PURPOSEFUL USE OF MATERIALS, AND A FORWARD-LOOKING LOVE FOR CLEAN, SIMPLE FORMS.

NOT AFRAID TO TAKE TIME TO APPRECIATE RITUAL, AROUND THE HOME, IN DAILY LIFE, AND EVEN IN THE PACKED METROPOLIS OF TOKYO, THIS ABILITY TO TAKE TIME OUT TO YOURSELF MEANS THE OBJECTS DESIGNED FOR THOSE SPECIAL LITTLE MOMENTS, THOSE PERSONAL RITUALS, ARE VERY PURPOSEFULLY DESIGNED. IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF A BUSY STREET IN A JAPANESE CITY, STOP AND TAKE IT ALL IN, YOU’LL SEE PEOPLE LIVING THESE PRINCIPLES, DESPITE THE BUSTLE OF MODERN JAPANESE LIFE. TRADITION LIVES AND BREATHES IN JAPANESE CULTURE, AND IMBUES PRINCIPLES INTO EVERYTHING FROM THE OBJECTS YOU USE, TO THE PLACES YOU SPEND YOUR TIME. EVERYTHING IS CREATED AND VIEWED THROUGH THIS LENS, AND, IN TURN, COMES WITH A CERTAIN LEVEL OF SPECIALITY IN EVEN THE MOST MUNDANE OBJECTS.


DESIGNERS WEAVE THIS INTO THE VERY FABRIC OF THEIR OBJECTS, AND EMBRACE AESTHETIC BEAUTY EVEN IN THE IMPERFECTIONS NATURAL IN THEIR HAND-MADE CRAFT. THESE DETAILS, OR, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, COMPLETE LACK OF CARE FOR THEM, LETTING THE END RESULT SHINE EVEN DESPITE ITS FLAWS, ARE WHAT MAKE US LOVE JAPANESE OBJECTS FOR THE HOME. EXPERTLY WOVEN TOWELS, DUTIFULLY SHAPED BOWLS AND GLASSES, RUSTIC EARTHENWARE, THE PATINA THAT SHOWS ON A WELL-WORN BRASS TRAY AFTER YEARS OF USE, THIS LOVE FOR THE TIME HONORED AND WELL-USED IS SOMETHING WE HOLD DEAR, AND FIND COMFORT IN WITH OUR FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN JAPAN.

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