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Critical Design in Japan : Material Culture, Luxury, and the Avant-Garde, Hardback Book

Critical Design in Japan : Material Culture, Luxury, and the Avant-Garde Hardback

Part of the Studies in Design and Material Culture series

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This book tells the story of critical avant-garde design in Japan, which emerged during the 1960s and continues to inspire designers today.

The practice communicates a form of visual and material protest drawing on the ideologies and critical theories of the 1960s and 1970s, notably feminism, body politics, the politics of identity, and ecological, anti-consumerist and anti-institutional critiques, as well as the concept of otherness.

It also presents an encounter between two seemingly contradictory concepts: luxury and the avant-garde.

The book challenges the definition of design as the production of unnecessary decorative and conceptual objects, and the characterisation of Japanese design in particular as beautiful, sublime or a product of 'Japanese culture'.

In doing so it reveals the ways in which material and visual culture serve to voice protest and formulate a social critique. -- .

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