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Made in Japan: 100 New Products

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Dwell contributor Naomi Pollock, who wrote "All Wrapped Up" in our Small World issue now on newsstands, recently came out with her fourth book, Made in Japan: 100 New Products from Merrell Publishers. Pollock felt that given the popularity of Japanese products, there should be a book on the subject. “As an architectural writer living in Japan, I had many contacts and great access to the designers, so writing about products was a natural segue from reporting on buildings,” says Pollock.

Featuring biographies of Naoto Fukasawa, Tojujin Yoshioaka, and Toyo Ito, this survey of the Land of the Rising Sun’s newest notable designs is tailored for the Japanese consumer, but “promotes a deeper understanding not just of the featured products but also of contemporary Japan,” Pollock explains.

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  Made in Japan: 100 New Products is now available for $49.95.
    Made in Japan: 100 New Products is now available for $49.95.
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  Nekko vase by & Design, 2006. Photo by H-Concept Co., Ltd.
    Nekko vase by & Design, 2006. Photo by H-Concept Co., Ltd.
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  Allround Bowls by Sotaro Miyagi of Miyagi Design Office, Cherry Terrace, 2004. Photo by Miyagi Design Office and Cherry Terrace.
    Allround Bowls by Sotaro Miyagi of Miyagi Design Office, Cherry Terrace, 2004. Photo by Miyagi Design Office and Cherry Terrace.
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  Edokomon plates and bowls by Nikko, 2003. Photo by Nikko Company.
    Edokomon plates and bowls by Nikko, 2003. Photo by Nikko Company.
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  GUH rubbish bin by Gako Otomo and Stagio of Iwatani Materials. Photo by Iwatani Materials.
    GUH rubbish bin by Gako Otomo and Stagio of Iwatani Materials. Photo by Iwatani Materials.
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  Oishi Kitchen Table by Hisae Igarashi of Igarashi Design Studio, 2005. Photo by Nacasa & Partners.
    Oishi Kitchen Table by Hisae Igarashi of Igarashi Design Studio, 2005. Photo by Nacasa & Partners.
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  Reconstruction Chandelier by Kouichi Okamato for Kyouei Design, 2011. Photo by Yuichi Yamaguchi.
    Reconstruction Chandelier by Kouichi Okamato for Kyouei Design, 2011. Photo by Yuichi Yamaguchi.
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  Tatamiza floor chair by Kenya Hara of Hara Design Institute, 2008. Photo by Hara Design Institute and Hida Sangyo.
    Tatamiza floor chair by Kenya Hara of Hara Design Institute, 2008. Photo by Hara Design Institute and Hida Sangyo.
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  Thin Black Lines Chair Oki Sato of Nendo, 2010. Photo by Masayuki Hayashi.
    Thin Black Lines Chair Oki Sato of Nendo, 2010. Photo by Masayuki Hayashi.
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  Ripples bench by Toyo Ito of Toto Ito & Associates, Architects. Photo by Gianni Antoniali/Ikon.
    Ripples bench by Toyo Ito of Toto Ito & Associates, Architects. Photo by Gianni Antoniali/Ikon.
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  AP Stool by Shin Azumi of A Studio, 2009. Photo by Luciando Sveliado.  Courtesy of: Copyright:LUCIANO SVEGLIADO
    AP Stool by Shin Azumi of A Studio, 2009. Photo by Luciando Sveliado.

    Courtesy of: Copyright:LUCIANO SVEGLIADO

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