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Is there such a thing as 'Japanese Design'?

Simple and perfect, pure and essential: these are qualities that many people associate with Japan and Japanese design. They often cite zen gardens and tea ceremonies too. Yet is there really such a thing as typical Japanese design? And is it really so minimalistic? That Japan also produces loud, boisterous designs is evident from the other displays in this exhibition.

Designers around the world draw inspiration from technology, products and designs from Japan. In this room we show examples of products by leading designers in The Netherlands inspired by Japan. We also present historical and contemporary product design from Japan itself. What looks ‘typically Japanese’ to you?

Online video series

For Cool Japan we asked 7 people from Amsterdam about their fascination for Japan. Meet Boaz & Sayaka from design studio BCXSY in the video below.