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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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IDEA No.154
May 1979 (Special Feature: The Fiorucci Graphic Studio)


IDEA No.154
International Graphic Art
May 1979
Special Feature: The Fiorucci Graphic Studio

Cover Design by John McConnell

Contents:
John McConnell : Shigeru Watano
The Fiorucci Graphic Studio : Harry Metzler and Naoko Nakayama
1979 Japan Calendar : Kazumasa Nagai
Jimes Lienhart : Yoshi Sekiguchi
Calligraphy by Ikko Tanaka : Ryuichi Yamashiro
Graphics of GK Industrial Design : Wim Crouwel
Karin Blume : Shigeru Watano
Contemporary Packaging in Japan : Koichi Nakai
Tsurunosuke Fujiyoshi’s Tableaux : Nobuaki Yujobo
The Art Directors Club Hall of Fame laureates for 1978 : Shinichiro Tora
The Meaning of “Exhibition of European Posters” : Shigeo Fukuda
Expressions of Walls, Windows and Larrices / by Tadashi Masuda, Teijiro Muramatsu

About the cover designer:
John McConnell
Born in London in 1939. He graduated from Maidstone College of Art. He entered advertising market in London in 1959. After working as a freelance designer, he became business associate of Pentagram in 1974. His designed for Clarks Shoes, Faber & Faber, Boots, Halfords, the British Museum, Face Imprint, and Penguin Books.

IDEA was founded in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan by the Seibundo-Shinkosha publishing company. It fast became, and remains to this day, one of the most important international graphic art, design and typography publication in the world and certainly the most significant forum on design criticism in Asia throughout the 1950s/60s/70s/80s/90s/2000s. The magazine offers rare insight into international and domestic designers and their work through historical analysis, criticism and examples of projects.

* Condition: Good – (good, tight copy throughout with only general wear from age to edges and corners, light handling creasing) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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IDEA No.150
Special Issue 1978-9

IDEA No.150
Special Issue 1978-9

Cover Design by Kazumasa Nagai

Features the work of: Anton Stankowski, F. H. K. Henrion, Frieder Grindler, Colin Forbes, Alan Fletche, Wim Crouwel, Adrian Frutiger, Jacques Richez, Silvio Coppola, George Him, Hermann Zapf, Karl Oskar Blase, Pieter Brattinga, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Stanislav LKovár, Gunther Kieser, Wolf D. Zimmermann, John Gorham, Heiri Steiner, Hans Hillmann, Jan van Toorn, Franvo Bassi, Bernard Villemot, Kurt Wirth, Hans Schleger, Emanuele Luzzati, Pino Tovaglia, Helmut Schmidt-Rhen, Allen Hurburt, Giulio Confalonieri, Michael Foreman, Giulio Confalonieri, Siegfried Odermatt, Roman Cieslewicz, Heinz Waibl, Jean Widmer, Flavio Costanitini, Pierre Boucher, Arnold Schwartzman, Gilles Fiszman, Ruedi Külling, Mark Zeugin, B. K. Wiese, David Pelham, Herbert W. Kapitzki, Franco Grignani, Georges Calame, Peter Megert, Waldemar Swierzy, Rosmarie Tissi, Mervyn Kurlansky, John McConnell, Jukka Veistola, Kurt Weidemann, Rambow, Lienemeyer, Van de Sand, Stuart Ash, Jean David, Heather Cooper, Makoto Nakamura, Ikko Tanaka, Tadanori Yokoo, Katsumi Asaba, Kazumasa Nagai, Yoshio Hayakawa, Yasaburo Kuwayama, Shigeo Fukuda, Kiyoshi, Awazu, Isao Nishijima, Yusaku Kamekura, U. G. Satoh, Shigeo Okamoto, Tadashi Ohashi, Takenobu Igarashi, Eiko Ishioka…

Contents:

Graphic Design in Europe : Colin Forbes
The main stream and branch of the graphic design for the latest 25 years in Europe : Anton Stankowski
Japanese design and European design : Shigeru Watano
Japan’s Present Graphic Design Situation : Shinichi Segi
Past 25 Years of Japanese Graphic Design : Kazumasa Nagai
List of Designers who appear in this issue
Index to Overseas Artists and their Works (from No. 1 to No. 149)

About the cover designer:
Kazumasa Nagai
Born in Osaka in 1929. In 1951 he withdrew from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he majored in sculpture. In 1960 he participated in organaizing the Nippon Design Center. On two occasions his designs were selected in competitions to serve as the official marks of major national events: the Sapporo Winter Olympic Games in 1966 and the Okinawa International Ocean Exposition in 1972. Now he is working mainly on posters.

IDEA was founded in 1953 in Tokyo, Japan by the Seibundo-Shinkosha publishing company. It fast became, and remains to this day, one of the most important graphic design and typography publication in the world and certainly the most significant forum on design criticism in Asia throughout the 1950s/60s/70s/80s/90s/2000s. The magazine offers rare insight into international and domestic designers and their work through historical analysis, criticism and examples of projects.

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