'Myths of Modernism: Japanese Architecture, Interior Design and the West, c1920-1940

Oxford University Press
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Journal of Design History, 1992, 5 (4), pp. 281 - 294
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This paper examines the impact of western architec- ture on Japan in the 1920s and 1930s with reference to both public and domestic buildings and their interiors. The simple model of Japan submitting to overseas 'influence' is avoided; rather, it is suggested that the Japanese made conscious design choices from the range of 'modern' European styles avail- able. European histories of the modern movement in Japan are scrutinized, particularly the privileging of German architectural models. A case is made for the re-emphasis of French Art Deco modes as popular for middle- and upper-class interior design.
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