Space: Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living
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Space: Japanese Design Solutions for Compact Living

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Space is a photographic exploration of Japanese architecture and design in size-constricted areas, exploring imaginative, ingenious, and revolutionary solutions to space-compromised living. Masters in the art of managing small spaces, the Japanese in their design have given rise to a particular style of ingenuity.

In their work, Japanese interior designers and architects co...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 7th 2004 by Universe
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Jul 08, 2007 shallowwater rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like little houses
This is a very satisfyingly visual look at the design on teeny Japanese dwellings. It makes me yearn for a little house of my own, with delightful nooks for stashing treasures.

I didn't read many of the words, because that's how I roll, but I did catch something interesting about storage, and the differences between Japanese culture and Western/American culture.

"The accumulation of possessions is an international constant and brings with it the issue of where to keep them. This is all the more u...more
Random pick from my SF library branch's new books rack, which is how I end with the smattering of architectural photography books I read, or browse for pictures anyway.

Like most architecture books, this seems to be full of people who live inside of modernist museums outfitted with a minimum of furniture, decorated with a small number of natural-surface items (reed and bamboo screens, cloth-covered tatamis, rustic ceramics) that provide a pleasant contrast to the strong geometric lines and solid-...more
Inspirational, and mentally stimulating when trying to figure out the architectural challenges and their solutions.
Ahmad Mahayri
Nice ideas, some are not practical and some are suitable for the small Japanese bodies. Overall, the designs are inspiring and there are so many lessons to be learnt. Enjoyable piece of read.
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