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Yanagi, Sōetsu (Muneyoshi) (1889–1961)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Sōetsu Yanagi (1889–1961) was the prime force behind the mingei (arts of the people) movement of the 1920s and 1930s. His proposition on mingei was that objects should be (1) honest to utility and healthy in form, (2) particular about...

Miyake, IssEy 三宅 一生 (1938–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Japanese fashion designer, born in Hiroshima, Miyake studied graphic design at Tama Art University; while there, he was chosen for a Soen Award. After graduating, he studied at l’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne....

Casio

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Casio is a Japanese electronics company founded by a Japanese engineer Kashio Tadao in 1946. It released the world’s first compact all-electric calculator onto the market in 1957, making the company a recognized brand. This Tokyo-based...

Wabi-Sabi

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Wabi-Sabi refers to Japanese aesthetic of things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. In part it is about the acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. The term “wabi” refers to simplicity, being in tune...

Mori, Hanae 森 英恵 (1926–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Mori is a Japanese fashion designer. After her marriage in 1948, Mori studied at Sugino Dressmaking School in Tokyo. In 1951, she established her own dressmaking shop, Hiyoshi-ya, in Shinjuku. The 1950s were the heyday of Japanese cinema...

Kawakubo, Rei 川久保 玲 (1942–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Japanese fashion designer Kawakubo joined the public relations department of Asahi Chemical Industry Co., after studying philosophy at Keio University. Kawakubo started her Comme des Garçons label in 1969 and debuted her first prêt-à-porter...

Yamamoto, Yohji 山本 耀司 (1943–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...A Japanese fashion designer, Yamamoto graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966 and then studied at Bunka Fashion College, winning two annual awards, the Soen prize and the Takashi Endo prize. After living in Paris...

G-Mark (1957–97), Good Design Award (1998–), and Good Design Exhibitions, Japan

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...G-Mark is a Japanese award and exhibition system for recognizing well-designed, well-made products and services, established by the Design Promotion Council of the Patent Office, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, as the Good...

Canon

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Canon is a Japanese camera-manufacturing company known for its analog and digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. The company, founded in the late 1930s in Tokyo, also produces a variety of other optical...

Sharp Corporation

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Hayakawa Metal Works was founded in Tokyo in 1912 by Tojuki Hayakawa, attaining success with the Ever-Ready Sharp mechanical pencil manufactured in 1915. In the 1920s and 1930s, at the onset of broadcasting in Japan, the company’s crystal...