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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (6 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3037781831
  • ISBN-13: 978-3037781838
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Falinski on 27 July 2013
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After I finished this book I jumped in to Tanizaki's 'In Praise of Shadows' - also about Japanese aesthetics. I have to say, Tanizaki is a way better writer - at times 'White' reads a bit like a high school essay. The book also has some fallacies and at times ignores scientific thinking, where it could actually put it to good use. Maybe it's the subtleties of Japanese reasoning that escape me.

There was one element of this book however, that I found priceless and that makes this book a solid 4 stars instead of 2 or 3 for me. If you've read greek Sophists or 'The Art of Zen and Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert Pirsig, you'll appreciate the moment where Kenya successfully likens White to Quality or areté. This alone helped greatly in translating what I learned from 'The Art of Zen...' directly to design and made the book well worth reading.

If you don't tend to read 'these books' however, I wouldn't suggest starting with 'White'. It may seem tedious and unrewarding.
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By D. Tang on 6 Dec. 2011
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Brilliantly written book about the simple and minimalistic Japanese ethos, no matter to whether it's related to the design of a product or in day-to-day activities, the author manages to find a correlation between "White" and how this principle of "Pureness" is present amongst these.
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I recommend an excellent book. An everyday observation with reflections on Japanese aesthetics and sensitive. The book explores the correlation between whiteness and pureness.
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By JAKE on 20 Sept. 2014
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Great idea. Great book if you love the idea of white.
I never made it to the end. It just went on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The best Design book ever! 24 Feb. 2011
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just one of the best design books ever... it talks about a design philosophy that kenya hara has and use for his work, you really must get it! you won't regret it! i have many books of design but none talks about the most important and basic knowledge in design, about the color white, as design element not as a color is pretty interesting.
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White: Personal and Introspective 24 Dec. 2014
By W. Stotler - Published on Amazon.com
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A personal meditation on the color and feeling of white, Hara's work is a series of overlapping observations that build to a whole. This is not a measured study of the topic--if you're looking for that this short book is not for you. If you are interested in Japanese culture as viewed through the concept of whiteness, this book is for you. This is high-quality Lars Muller fare.
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Loved it 14 May 2013
By ann - Published on Amazon.com
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Very simple small book by Kenya Hara. Good for graphic designer ,industrial designer and whoever interested in Asian design philosophy.
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Think "whitespace" 6 Oct. 2013
By Aaron H. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Good overview of why white space in a design is so crucial to a great design. The new angle it taught me about was how empty space invites us to fill it and encourages creativity.
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Five Stars 4 May 2015
By joanette seiden - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book arrived in excellent condition
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