Traditional Japanese Furniture | Hardcover by Kazuko Koisumi


Age:1986 (Publication Date)

Japanese traditional furniture has a rich and lengthy heritage doing back to the seventh century. Masterful craftsmanship and aesthetic sensitivity evolved with this furniture’s long history. Work working, metal craft, and lacquer (and sometimes other crafts) harmonize a single piece Yet, like many Japanese art forms, the craft finds virtue in restraint. The objects are compelling yet sedate. They have a quiet simplicity distilled from a thousand years of knowledge.

Through the West has long acknowledged the beauty and value of their objects, the whole Japanese furniture, and furnishings (all embraced by the work kagu in Japanese) remains a mystery. Countless Japanese furniture pieces (chests being the most popular) can be found in homes and collections at museums throughout the world. The objects are timeless and a source of delight to see and to live with. Yet, their variety, craftsmanship, technical legacy, and history remain virtually unexplored.

One the years, slimmer volumes on specific aspects or types of furniture have appeared, but this is the first comprehensive work on these Japanese collectibles. Author Kazuko Koizumi, a pioneer in the field, brings thoroughness and wealth to the subject. The wealth of illustrated material, most of which is from the author’s personal archives, puts the works in context. Centuries-old drawings adjacent to the text evoke the early Japanese lifestyle and the intriguing features of furniture usage. The historical account traces the evolution of furniture through the evolution of Japan’s floor-based” culture.

The authoritative survey of more than 80 kagu types and techie variations objects from all aspects of daily life — is fully illustrated with 60 color pages, and contains more than 800 plates and figures.

Condition: Like New with no imperfections. Hardcover: ISBN:10- 0-87011-722-X

NOTE: The Author: Until Kazuko Koizumi stepped into the field the study of traditional Japanese furniture was no more than a footnote to historical studies. Now the recognized authority, Koizumio’s pioneering research at the prestigious Tokyo University and elsewhere and the publication of four books have helped lead to a reevaluation of kagu and given it a new meaning in the eyes of her fellow citizens.