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A Japanese designer offers a compelling alternative way to engage with our possessions, our history, our environment, and each other.

The Japanese phrase "hodo-hodo" originates in ancient times. When contemporary designer Taku Satoh applies it to his work, it means "just enough." Hodo-hodo design deliberately holds back, leaving room for individuals to engage with objects according to their unique sensibilities. In the midst of a consumerist age, Satoh has built an illustrious design career around this philosophy, creating iconic work in fashion, food, and architecture. His ideas speak not just to professional designers, but to anyone who wishes to move more thoughtfully through the world.

Within this slim but powerful volume, Satoh explains his philosophy through tangible examples—from the aesthetic of a timeworn ramen shop to a rooftop playground inspired by onomatopoeia. Urging readers to appreciate everyday objects and spaces and to question the lure of convenience, he delivers a message rooted in the past yet perfectly suited to our times. 

Author: Taku Satoh
Softcover
Publisher: Chronicle, forthcoming October, 2022
144 pages
7" x 5"
Color illustrations throughout