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Critical design in Japan: Material culture, luxury, and the avant-garde

Ory Bartal


This book tells the story of critical avant-garde design in Japan, which emerged during the tumultuous 1960s and continues to inspire contemporary designers today. The postwar avant-garde milieu gave rise to a ground-breaking popular visual language and garnered tremendous attention across the fields of product design, graphic design, fashion design, and architecture. It created conceptually challenging artefacts and made decisions that radically altered the course of Japanese design history. The avant-garde works that were created in the sphere of popular culture communicated a form of visual ... More

Keywords: Japanese material culture, Japanese advertising, Japanese fashion, Critical design, Speculative design, Digital design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526139979
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526139986


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ory Bartal, author
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design