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Mindful Design of Japan
40 Modern Tea-Ceremony Rooms
by Michael Freeman


230 x 250 mm

240 pages 

300 colour illustrations 




October 2015


ISBN 978-0-9574717-5-7


Rights sold: Available

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The Japanese tea-ceremony, or Way of Tea, is one of the most profound manifestations of mindfulness. The ceremony, with its roots in Zen Buddhism, dates as far back as the 15th century and takes place within a traditional tea-ceremony room.

Here, in a fully updated edition of New Zen, are 40 outstanding examples of contemporary Japanese tea rooms, many located within private homes.

The book highlights all aspects of the subject – the design, architecture, garden design and the ceremony itself. And with many different materials featured – paper, wood, plastic, stone, aluminium, glass and concrete – it is itself an inspirational sourcebook for modern homes.

Every tea-ceremony room included is by a well-known artist, designer or architect making this a unique compendium of the best modern interior design in Japan – designs by Kengo Kuma, Kisho Kurokawa, Terunobu Fujimori, Takashi Sugimoto and Shigeru Uchida.

In these pages you can glimpse the rare world of Japanese mindful design, modern interpretations of the fascinating tea room – an empty space designed for meditation, contemplation and the appreciation of the art of tea drinking. 


Sales points

>    Taps into the current trend of mindfulness.
>    Huge interest in tea and tea drinking throughout the world.

>    Photography by one of the world’s bestselling photographers, Michael Freeman.

>    Fully updated paperback edition (with 3 new examples) of New Zen: The Tea-Ceremony Room in Modern Japanese Architecture.

>    Stunning collection of modern Japanese design and architecture.




Michael Freeman is an acclaimed photographer and writer who specializes in travel, architecture and Asian art. He is the author of the international bestselling photography book, The Photographer’s Eye, that has sold over 1 million copies and been published in 27 languages. Over the last thirty years he has published numerous acclaimed books on design and architecture, including New Oriental Style (Thames & Hudson), China Contemporary (Thames & Hudson) and The Source (Eight Books).  

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