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TSUTSUMU

Traditional Japanese Packaging

The thread holding this wondrous book together is Hideyuki Oka (1905 – 1995), one of the masters of Japanese graphic design and advertising. The pieces shown in the 200-plus magnificent photos here (almost all full-color) are from Oka’s personal collection of traditional packaging, using all natural materials such as bamboo, rice straw, hemp, twine, paper, ceramics and leaves. The Japanese sense of “Wa” – an evocative, hard-to-translate term conveying the aesthetic and resonance of traditional Japanese culture – infuses these remarkable examples of art elevating the stuff of everyday life. A garland of eggs or dried fish woven into straw; a ceramic orange designed to hold citrus miso; bright green candies in a hand-hewn pine box – all of these transcend their obvious “uses.” An impeccable traditional book design that opens from left to right, on beautiful heavy paper, in Japanese only.

BNN, Inc., Japan
November 2011 / Softcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/8 inches / 208 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-771-2 · Retail Price: $45.00

UTOPIA

Lost and Found

Rarely seen pieces are brought together in this eclectic collection, showcasing Italian design from the 1950s through to contemporary pieces by Marc Newson. This fully illustrated auction document, records the continually evolving avant-garde of design. Designers include Carlo Mollino, Verner Panton, Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti and more. The playful design and debossed cover hint at the treasures this catalog holds in experimental furniture, lighting, and objects for the contemporary home.

Wright
2008 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 166 pp / 146 color
ISBN: 978-0-9904955-0-5 · Retail Price: $39.95

HENRIK VIBSKOV

The Panda People and Other Works

The fearsomely versatile Danish artist/designer Henrik Vibskov – one of those über-talented crossover artists who seem to be taking over the world – presents his second book, a limited-edition showcase for his colorful, playful graphic works. Like the fashion duo BLESS, Vibskov has made a huge name for himself in just a few years; his trademark fashion lines are explosions of fringe. In his spare time, Vibskov is an electronic musician and an artist with exhibitions at MoMA, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and other prestigious institutions. The organic graphic works featured in this artist’s book are unique and independent works. Their minimalist expressions are accompanied by an uncontrollable wildness in an experimenting color explosion – Vibskov’s anarchism made real on the page.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
2010 / Hardcover / 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches / 50 pp / Full color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-15-1 · Retail Price: $45.00

Vier5

Best Company

Passenger Books, Berlin
2008 / Softcover / 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
120 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-940215-00-0 · Retail Price: $29.00

THE VOICE OF…

Angelika Burtscher, Patricia Reed & Freek Lomme

Communication in public space—such as billboards with commercial sales pitches or information produced by the government—form the public face of our culture, the understanding of culture that we, as individuals, morally and socially live up to. But where is the individual in relation to this one-sided barrage of communication? In this project, citizens, supported by progressive graphic designers, were challenged to express their opinions on posters hung along the roads of Eindhoven. Featuring contributions from Bayrol Jimenes, Candy Chang, Cedric Geney, Frank Peeters, Freee, Harmen de Hoop, Julien Beneyton, Rachid Ben-Ali and Tsang Kin-Wah.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
2011 / Exhibition catalog, Softcover, 6 x 9 inches, 136 pp, 57 color
ISBN: 978-90-78454-71-7 · Retail Price: $26.00

HANDMADE WALLSTICKER

Some people just buy decorative stickers and put them on the wall; the truly creative will make their own wall stickers, using the wealth of whimsical and effervescent ideas in this complete how-to guide from the masters of home designing, BNN. It’s hard to imagine who wouldn’t be captivated by photos of charming cats curled around electric outlets, or vines encircling wall clocks, or the jaunty toy train running around the baby’s room. Sections include materials, techniques for making the stickers and using patterns effectively. Choose from among a basketful of themes such as animals, plants, world travel, interior accessories and party decorations. A book that will add joy to any home or workspace.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
2011 / Softcover / 5.75 x 8.25 inches
128 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-731-6 · Retail Price: $29.95

WARDROBE MEMORIES

Art and Fashion in Japan

Arts Maebashi

Published to accompany the exhibition Wardrobe Memories at Arts Maebashi in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, (2015) this catalog/clothing manifesto presents a rich and whimsical selection of not only cutting-edge clothing design—destroyed or forgotten, reused or unique fabric weaving techniques—but also a showcase of collectives and designers who value the homemade while embracing the slow fashion movement of sustainability in a time of throwaway fashion. Stunning works across a wide range of projects, illustrated in over 200 color plates, free fashion from the constraints of consumption and trend and redefine clothing as separate from individual identities. New works by world-renowned textile designer Junichi Arai and the textile artist Hirano Kaoru, who unravels clothing one thread at a time in her dramatic installations, are featured along with NIGO®, Store, Ishiuchi Miyako, Forms on Words, Aoki Shioichi, Anrelage and Theatre Products.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
January 2015 / English & Japanese
Softcover / 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
120 pp / 200 color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-958-7 · Retail Price: $35.00

WE CAN MAKE IT IF WE TRY

Four Scenarios for Design Democracy

Ellen Zoete (Ed.)

Over the course of a year, four young Dutch designers were invited to let their imaginations run wild in Onomatopee’s exhibition space. All four projects draw attention to our DIY culture through installations that propose new production models. This catalog—also a useful pocket reader—recaps the now-completed series, its workshops and other interactive programs. Maurice Meewisse’s exhibit, If Only I Were, led a group walk in the forest to select the perfect tree to build his timber-frame cabin in the gallery space; Julien Carretero examined plaster tiles as a contemporary building technology and created a production chain that exposed their potential for amateur builders in Domestic Reuse; Gijs Gieskes used household detritus, from table legs to kitchen utensils, for new guerilla electronics in Household Hacking; while Bjørn Anderson took a more historical approach, analyzing case studies of architectural plans proposing unusual solutions for public space.

ONOMATOPEE, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2014
Exhibition catalog, Softcover
5 x 7 inches / 80 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-91677-16-8 · Retail Price: $29.95

DONNA WILSON

Odd Objects & Textiles

British textile designer Donna Wilson has quickly made a name for herself as the go-to for sweet and brightly colored knits—both functional and fanciful. The RCA-trained Wilson makes not only the usual scarves and hats but also “creatures,” which the Guardian referred to as “Wilson’s hand-knitted army of oddball characters and mutant animals.” This, the first anthology of her work, explores her spirit and gives insight into what inspires her unusual practice through interviews with the designer. Styled examples of her products give enthusiasts a guide to re-creating the world of Donna in their own homes. With new products and directions every season—she’s recently branched out to home goods and furniture sold in 25 countries—you won’t want to miss this rare peek into her studio!

BNN , INC., JAPAN
January 2014 /English & Japanese
Softcover / 192 pp / 7 x 9 1/2 inches, Full color
ISBN: 978-4-86100-900-6 · Retail Price: $48.00

WOW VISUAL DESIGN

Visual Book of WOW Inc. 2011

This masterfully designed artist’s book and retrospective by the international visual design team, WOW, presents 15 years of their most creative commercial work, interactive installations, motion graphic projects and user interface designs. Based in offices around the world—Tokyo, Sendai, Florence and London—WOW is one of the leading new age design groups creating interactive, computer-driven projects that mix sound, form, light and design through state-of-the-art technology. This long-awaited survey of their exciting work is an incredible compilation of their astounding accomplishments. Included are several in-depth interviews with WOW’s Creative Director, Kosuke Oho and Visual Art Director, Mamoru Kano by Kinya Tagawa Tokyo from takram design engineering, Guenaeru Nicolas from CURIOSITY, Murat and MelkanTabanlioglu from Tabanlioglu Architects and Ligaya Salazar, Curator of Contemporary programming at V&A Museum, London.

BNN, INC., JAPAN
January 2013/ Japanese & English/ Hardcover
9 x 12 1/4 inches/ 178 pp/ Extensive color
ISBN: 978-4-9903549-1-6 · Retail Price: $79.95