Zakka: Goods and Things

While in Tokyo, I visited at the 21_21 Design Sight ( a show put together by Naoto Fukusawa titled “ Zakka: Goods and Things”. Attached some pictures from the  exhibition, showing also the influences from abroad (starting with Bauhaus).  In Japan “zakka” are every day, ordinary products we feel comfortable with and thus surround ourselves with. They are well made and well designed, but not overdesigned. To put it into Jasper Morrison’s words, these are “super normal” products for daily use and enjoyment. We take them for granted, would miss them though if we did not have them. In visiting many so-called design shops around Japan, I notice very much a trend away from the over-styled to these everyday products – a welcome development.