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How to Wrap Five More Eggs
Traditional Japanese Packaging
by Hideyuki Oka, Michikazu Sakai
- Format: hardcover, 215 pages
- Author: Hideyuki Oka, Michikazu Sakai
- Language: english
- ISBN: 9780834801080 (0834801086)
- Publisher: Weatherhill Inc
- Genres: japan, design, art
- Release date: January 1, 1975
About The Book
From the jacket:
Could there be a more unlikely subject for an amazingly successful book than traditional Japanese packaging? And yet, when Hideyuki Oka’s How to Wrap Five Eggs appeared in 1967, the almost unanimous reaction might be summed up as: «utterly delightful!» And the exclamation is even truer of the present namesake of that earlier book: it not only retains the favorite photographs but adds much new material based upon the author’s continuing research.
What is the explanation for the undiminishing interest in Mr. Oka’s books? The eminent American designers George Nelson suggested one answer when he wrote as follows in his foreword to the earlier book: «We have come a long, long way from the kind of thing so beautifully presented in this book. To suit the needs of super mass production, the traditional natural materials are too obstreperous…and one by one we have replaced them with the docile, predictable synthetics….What we have gained from these [new] materials and wonderfully complicated processes to make up for the general pollution, rush, crowding, noise, sickness, and slickness is a subject for other forums. But what we have lost for sure is what this book is all about: a once-common sense of fitness in the relationships between hand, material, use, and shape, and above all, a sense of delight in the look and feel of very ordinary, humble things. This book is thus…a totally unexpected monument to a culture, a way of life, a universal sensibility carried through all objects down to the smallest, most inconsequential, and ephemeral things.»
Another question, implicit throughout the book, has been put thus by Mr. Oka: «If the craftsmen and ‘designers’ of old Japan could create beauty with their materials, are we today to accept defeat when faced with ours?»
But beyond all questions and words and theories there always remains the sheer visual appeal of the book’s 244 photographs in matte gravure and full color. The book is indeed a feast for the eyes.
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