Kenya Hara's Designing Design

Kenya Hara's Designing Design

Regina Yunghans
Jan 8, 2008

Be inspired by one of the minds behind the simple genious of Muji. Designing Design is a new book on, well, design by Japanese designer Kenya Hara. It's his first book written for an English-language audience and it's stunning.

The simple, white-covered book encloses pictoral design inspiration that could be a great reference for anyone in the design industry or even someone wanting a little idea invigoration for their own home. A press release on the book follows...

In this 474-page, fully illustrated hardcover work, Kenya Hara, one of the Japanese design community's most comprehensive thinkers and prolific designers, explains his work in the context of changing global power structures, the "prank of postmodernism", and historical changes in design and production. Easily approachable as a designer and writer, Hara is at once inspirational and lucid.

Designing Design is Hara's first book written specifically for an English-reading audience, and as such introduces and explains the importance of such concepts as "emptiness" in the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and their application to design. For this audience, Hara has chosen examples of his work that clearly illustrate the visual cultural background that underpins his philosophy, examples ranging from programs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Nagano Winter Olympic Games 1998 to signage for clinics, interior work for unique hotels, and book designs, as well as numerous pieces defining the MUJI brand and concept.

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