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 IRO : Japanese design through the prism of colors

In the Land of the Rising Sun, colors (iro) have been used to mark rank and social hierarchy since the 7th century. Since then, these chromatic meanings have evolved and have been extended to several types of objects. This book, written by Rossella Menegazzo, a specialist in photography, graphic design, and Japanese art, published by Phaidon, looks at nearly 200 colors, including the hues of products and furniture designed by the greatest designers of Japan, such as Naoto Fukasawa, Reiko Sudo, and Issey Miyake; 16th century kimonos, precious ceramics, but also everyday items such as a bicycle, a comb, and a kitchen utensil. 

Iro, the essence of color in Japanese design by Rossella Menegazzo published by Phaidon 

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