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  • The Evolution of Japanese Design: Application and User Perspectives in New Product Development

    Khalifa, Sajid; Shehadah, Dena; No Collaboration; NA; Dena Shehadah; NA; Design; NA; Khalifa, Sajid (Springer, 2024-05-11)
    The evolution of aesthetics is a constant process, as designers adapt to new materials and knowledge while preserving the essence of their craft. Japanese design embodies this principle, as it has evolved over time while remaining true to its original purpose. This paper aims to investigate the evolution of Japanese design aesthetics from the Prehistoric Jomon period to the contemporary Japanese design of the twenty-first century, while through specific survey, explores how users interact and perceive Japanese design, and what are the factors that influence their preferences and knowledge of Japanese design. The paper begins by exploring the characteristics of Japanese design that have remained consistent over time, such as attention to detail, simplicity, and harmony with nature, which are clearly identified in furniture in this research. It then looks into how Japanese designers have incorporated new materials and techniques into their work, including the influence of Western design styles in the Meiji period and the integration of digital technology in contemporary Japanese design using number of case studies as research method. The paper also examines specific case studies of Japanese design, including the concept of “The Structure of Iki,” which embodies the Japanese aesthetic of understated elegance, and the use of “wagara” patterns, which are inspired by nature and traditional Japanese art. In addition to analysing the visual aspects of Japanese design, and conducting survey to gauge the users’ interaction and knowledge. The paper also considers the philosophical side of Japanese aesthetics, including the concept of wabi-sabi, which celebrates imperfection and impermanence. By exploring the cultural and historical context of Japanese design, this paper offers insights into the ways in which tradition and innovation have shaped Japanese design aesthetics. Throughout the paper, the focus is on how Japanese design, specifically, furniture to an extent, has evolved while maintaining its core principles, making it a renowned leader in minimalist design. By understanding the evolution of Japanese design, designers can gain insights into how to adapt to new materials and technologies while preserving the essential qualities that make their work unique and timeless.