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Kuwasawa, Horiguchi Sutemi et al
Kuwasawa, Horiguchi Sutemi et al
Kuwasawa, Horiguchi Sutemi et al

Kuwasawa, Yôko (桑澤 洋子) ,

Horiguchi Sutemi et al. (堀口 捨己, advisors): Fujin gahô (婦人画報) [Lady’s illustrated magazine]: Seikatsu no Shin-yôshiki: Jûtaku, kagu (生活の新様式: 住宅・家具) [New forms of lifestyle: Residental houses, furniture].

Tokyo, Tôkyôsha (former Fujin-Gahô-sha) 1937 (Shôwa 12).

(68)pp. profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings.

26 x 18,5 cm. Typographically designed original spiral binding.


Since 1930s, Kuwasawa (1910-1977) Yoko played an active part in the world of design journalism, covering the fields of architecture, interior planning and dress design. During the early part of her career, she came to know the existence of the ‘Bauhaus’, a comprehensive school of art and design established by the architect Walter Gropius in 1919 at Weimar, Germany. She was deeply impressed by the philosophy of Gropius and became strongly influenced by his thought, which had much in common with her beliefs. She believed that functionality and practicability was essential to design. She also felt keenly the need for the comprehensive basic education of design and the importance of specialized education of design. So, she endeavored to realize an educational institute, and finally in 1954, she established ‘Kuwasawa Design School’, a specialized school of design which was quite epoch-making in those days,

Minimal brownish stain on the cover, otherwise exceptionally beautiful copy of the very sensitive publication.

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