Timelessness in the Ordinary: The fundamental value of human function in Japanese & Danish modern design

Nakajima, Catherine M.


  • I have observed that many Japanese and Danish designers turn to ordinariness as a way to provide the most elegant design solutions. I have encountered many modern designs from Japan and Denmark that bear the quality of being so ordinary that they become extraordinary. Often times, this appreciation for the ordinary is expressed through the designer's appreciation for simplicity, his or her refusal ... read more
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