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Living in Japan [Hardcover]

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Item description for Living in Japan by Herausgegeben Von Alex Kerr...

Nippon nests: Today's most exceptional Japanese homes So rich and unique is traditional Japanese architecture that it's hard to improve upon. Yet contemporary Japanese designers and architects keep finding new ways to refurbish and take inspiration from the ways of old. Whether it's a pristinely preserved traditional house or a cutting-edge apartment, the best Japanese homes share a love of cleverly designed spaces and warm materials such as wood, bricks, and bamboo. From a thatched roof farmhouse occupied by a Zen priest to Tadao Ando's experimental 4x4 House, Shigeru Ban's conceptual Shutter House, and a beautiful homage to bamboo in the form of a home, this book traverses the multifaceted landscape of Japanese living today. Also included is a list of addresses and a glossary of terms, such as tatami.

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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 12.13" Width: 10.63" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   3.79 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822845949  
ISBN13  9783822845943  

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Beautiful photos of modern houses  Jan 20, 2008
Saw this book in Tokyo and loved the photos of modern Japanese living. Great shots of modern architecture and interior design in Japan. Went back to the hotel and found the book on this site for half the price... it was waiting for me when I got back to the states. You can't beat that!
A good buy  Dec 31, 2007
Great photos, a well picked and varied number of interiors and still... I can't rate it at five. It's so slick and gorgeous but I miss some smaller and perhaps more lived-in dwellings. And a little more gardens. But it is definetely worth getting and browsing. A small defect is the habit of re-using objects and motifs in some of the pictures, always annoys me when they do that. Top marks I can only give to the twenty-some-years old Japanese Style, but then you won't get the recent modern interiors.
Inspirational  Oct 24, 2007
I bought this 'coffee-table' book as a gift for a friend, but when it arrived, we were so impressed with the extensive collection of photographs that I had to purchase a copy to display, re-visit, and share with future house guests. The authors have managed to capture the rare and simple beauty of Japanese architecture and design through history. An impressive tour!
Great Book, Everything I expected from Kerr  Mar 10, 2007
I am a big fan of Alex Kerr and this book did not let me down. It contains a many images that aren't normally seen in most traditional print, and thankfully none of the babbeling of authors that only spend a week in Japan and white about the "true Japan". The last thing I am looking for is another tatami mat or Japanese screen.

I have already begun a home re-modeling plan with some of the ideas in this book. I also got the idea from another one of Kerr's books, and began to collect old Japanese lumber to re-use in my own home.

Thanks Alex!
Elegant + photographically splendid  Feb 6, 2007
This large format book intertwines a narrative about the architectural and aesthetic merits of selected living spaces in Japan, ranging from beach-side dwellings to compact apartments to spacious and serene courtyards. The title could be misconstrued as living/lifestyle in Japan but really it refers to 'living spaces' or modes of housing and integration with architecture. The scope ranges from well renowned architecturally meritorious buildings to precious traditional Kyoto dwellings. The elegant photography captures the serenity, angles, glimpses and innovation of the structures with sensitivity and initial impressions are challenged and augmented by the thoroughly researched commentary. The author's long-time residence in Japan and understanding of its culture underlies the text. I think this book would appeal to the architect, appreciator of spaces and aesthetics. It seems quite reasonable for such a large, hardcover book.

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