The objects that fill our everyday lives are our constant companions. As such, writes philosopher and Japanese folk-craft pioneer Soetsu Yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. They should be things of beauty. Inspired by the work of the craftsmen Yanagi encountered on his travels through Korea and Japan, these now-classic essays are a heartfelt call for us to deepen our relationship with the objects that surround us.
'Radical and inspiring...Yanagi's vision puts the connection between heart and hand before the transient and commercial'
Edmund de Waal
'Soetsu Yanagi's unerring eye has influenced generations of makers. His notion of Zen and the art of design continues to inspire all those involved in shaping our everyday world' Jasper Morrison