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Isamu Noguchi, Human Aspect as a Contemporary
54 Witnesses in Japan and America


Beautiful first edition, in rare illustrated hard slipcase, of this handsome hardcover volume of essays on Isamu Noguchi. This series of essays, personal reflections and accounts by 54 friends and colleagues of Noguchi’s, including Yoshi Taniguchi (architect), Issey Miyake (fashion designer), Arata Isozaki (architect), Tadao Ando (architect), Ikko Tanaka (graphic designer), Thomas Messer (director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation), Kenzo Tange (architect), and many others, was published to commemorate the opening of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in Japan. First half of the book sees all essays in English, followed by a pictorial section of colour photographs of Noguchi at work, his sculptures and the Noguchi Garden, taken by famed Japanese photographers Shigeo Anzai, Yukio Futagawa, Kishin Shinoyama and others. The book closes with all essays repeated in Japanese. Also includes a map of Isamu Noguchi works across Japan, a biography, chronology, and blurbs on all contributing essayists, all in English and also Japanese.

A precise and very personal publication, and in this scarce hard-case edition, art directed by friend and celebrated Japanese graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, as one of his last ever design projects.
A must for any enthusiast of Noguchi’s work.

Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988) prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. One of the greatest 20th-century sculptors, Noguchi is known for his sculpture and public works, creating innovative parks, plazas, playgrounds, fountains, gardens, and stage sets as well as sculpture of stone, metal, wood, and clay, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.

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Contemporary Landscape
From the Horizon of Postmodern Design

Beautiful and extremely scarce Japanese catalogue for the exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1985. Presents 200 pieces of work by 48 designers and architects from Europe, America and Japan. This book profiles many of these important designers through photographs, biographies and text.

Foreword by Michiaki Kawakita and Kenji Adachi. Introduction by Shinji Kohmoto and an essay on Italian radical and neo-radical design by Alessandro Mendini.

Features the work of Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Arata Isozaki, Ettore Sottsass, Frank Gehry, Fumihiko Maki, Mario Botta, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Ron Arad, Daniel Weil, Shiro Kuramata…

One of the finest and scarcest volumes produced on postmodern design.

* Condition: Very Good (excellent tight, clean copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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SD (SPACE DESIGN) 1977
Carlo Scarpa


Special monographic publication from SD (Space Design) on the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, published in 1977 in Japan.

This scarce edition covers much of Scarpa’s internationally-renowned, major works across public and residential architecture (including Brion-Vega cemetery, Venice Biennale pavilion, Veritti House, Olivetti showrooms, Taddei House, Vicenza Municipal Theatre, Villa Palazzetto, Masieri Memorial, Museum of Treviso,Venice University of Architecture, Antoniana bank Monsechiche branch and so much more), exhibition design, furniture, glassware and more, profusely illustrated with beautiful colour and black and white photographs, along with Scarpa’s drawings and plans, a chronology and bibliography. Also, a discussion between Arata Isozaki and Tadashi Yokoyama.

A special volume for anyone interested in the work of Carlo Scarpa.

Carlo Scarpa (2 June 1906 – 28 November 1978), was an Italian architect, influenced by the materials, landscape, and the history of Venetian culture, and Japan. Scarpa translated his interests in history, regionalism, invention, and the techniques of the artist and craftsman into ingenious glass and furniture design.

SD (Space Design): A monthly journal on Art and Architecture.
“SD” (Space Design) was founded in Japan in 1965; a comprehensive monthly magazine on architecture, urban problems and fine arts which was unique in the world and quickly became a leading, highly-esteemed journal of international modern design.

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Decorative Art and Modern Interiors 1977
Volume 66 - "Art in Architecture"


Volume 66 (1977) of Decorative Art and Modern Interiors, one of the finest book series from the great Studio Vista (UK).
Each handsomely designed volume showcases a selection of the finest examples of new architecture, interior design, environmental design, textiles, furniture and product design.  Each volume including profiles on highlighted architectural projects that are documented through beautiful colour and b&w photography, desciptive texts, and axonometric, plan and section drawings, plus “Trends in Furnishings and in the Decorative Arts”, which gives fine examples of new design in furniture, lighting, glassware, textiles, etc.

Volume 66 (1977) “Art in Architecture” includes: Kresge College in Santa Cruz University of California, USA; The House with a Cantilever Roof in Kitakyushu, Japan; A Family House for a Doctor near Milan, Italy; Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland; A School in Preston, England  The Town Hall in Créteil, France; ’Design Research’, a Department Store in San Francisco, California; A Studio for a Sculptor in Tokyo, Japan; An Artist’s Studio at Oberwang, Austria; A Conversion in Cambridgeshire, England; An Extension to a Modern House in Tacoma, Washington; A Family-Ho-use n.ear Cambridge, England; Studio foria Stage Designer in Rome, Italy; The Official; Residence for the Prefect of the Essonne, France; The‘Residence of the Architect in Tacoma, Washington; The Church of‘ St Joseph in Ceilenkirchen—Bauchem, West Germany; An Apartment for a Collector of Modern Art in Rome, Italy; A Church and Community Centre for Oulunkyla, Finland; A Conversion near Florence, Italy; The Cumma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Takasaki, Japan; The Art of Fibre by Virginia West; Trends in Furnishing and Decorative Art  Manufacturers and Designers; plus an introduction by Editor Maria Schofield translated from English to additional Spanish, German, French and Japanese. All texts throughout are in English.

Includes work by Arata Isozaki, Alver Aalto, Shoei Yoh, Sergio Mazza, Alberto Rosselli, De Pas, D’Urnino, Lomazzi, Enzo Mari, Horishi Awatsuji, Cini Boeri, Sergio Asti, Gerrit Reitveld, Giancarlo and Luigi Bicocchi, Giorgio Pes and Roberto Federici, Pierre Guariche, Alan Liddle, Keith Garbett, Masayuki Kurokawa, MLTW Turnbull Ass., Angelo Cortesi, and many others.

An invaluable series of books on architecture, interior and product design from the 1960s-1980s.

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