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PRINT March 1964

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Industrial Design from Japan at the UCLA Galleries

THE ROOM IS A COOL GLADE set with floating floodlit discs. Upon them glitter a bright new generation of objects from Japan: not red lacquer bowls but white Western china, neither gilded screens nor dancing fans but the personal, portable machinery of the contemporary world. Suspended silks and photographs seem anxious to remind us that these international-looking objects are truly Japanese.

In exquisite refinements to human use, in little dramas played about an idea the national skills show best. The transistors under glass are textured to the hand, the grilles like open mouths about to speak. A tiny still camera has a square eye and viewer, a patterned disc for adjustment. In the Minolta zoom camera, the magazine at eye level reflects the contour of the viewer’s cheek, a cylinder grip puts all controls at quick and easy reach. Behind these range batteries of transcribers and recorders

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