‘The Japanese word zakka has been loosely defined as goods, sundries or many things. For us zakka represents the objects with which we choose to surround ourselves.Whether a chipped porcelain bowl or the perfect pair of scissors, these are things that hold value in their everyday aesthetic and classic design – that serve a function but were chosen for their form. Our kitchens, studios, bedrooms are full of them and in some inherent way they define us as much as our choice of clothes or lifestyle.We are drawn to their elegant craftsmanship and the subtle comfort they offer, whether in use or on display.This book is a celebration of these essential objects, for young and old alike.’
Charlotte Trounce is a freelance illustrator based in London who has worked on a number of commissions for Penguin, Art Fund, Eurostar and the Barbican, among others. Maria Howard is a freelance writer and curator of Telegram Gallery. This will be their first book together, inspired by a trip to Japan in the spring of 2016 where they fell in love with the simple and classic design of Japanese objects.
The exhibition will coincide with the opening of the new Barbican exhibition The Japanese House:Architecture and Life after 1945 (23 March – 25 June 2017).