Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake
Exhibition

This impressive volume is part of an exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in 2016, the first full-scale retrospective to showcase the myriad ideas that have emerged over the course of the designer’s career, from his earliest activities to current projects. Widely recognised for his technology-driven clothing designs, exhibitions, and fragrances, Issey Miyake has been stimulating the world of culture and fashion for almost half a century with his organic and skilfully articulated repertoire, fuelled by boundless curiosity and love of experimentation. The catalogue explores the main themes of his innovative drive, complemented by Hiroshi Iwasaki’s expert photography.

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Shiro Kuramata
1934-1991

Handsome, and very scarce, Japanese monograph/catalogue published to accompany the major survey exhibition held at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 1996 of Shiro Kuramata, one of Japan’s most important designers of the 20th century.  Kuramata translated workaday industrial materials -wire steel mesh, corrugated aluminium, lucite-
into poetic objects and interiors.
Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographic documentation of his furniture, glassware, interiors, lighting, and architecture (including his incredible boutique interiors for fashion designer Issey Miyake, and his work as a key member of Italian design group Memphis, which he joined at its founding in 1981), this book is certainly one of the finest volumes on Kuramata.
Features complete history of works plus text by Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki.

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

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Issey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn

Wonderful Issey Miyake-signed copy of the first Japanese printing of this famous book, published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo in 1988. It is the hardcover version with original illustrated dust-jacket.
Published to coincide with the exhibition “Issey Miyake A UN,” organized by Miyake Design Studio in association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1988, this heavily photographic book features stunning full-page photos by Irving Penn of Issey Miyake’s 1987 line throughout the entire book. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi, and accompanying essay by Jay Cocks. Type design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Project coordinated by Midori Kitamura and June Kanai, who also modeled the clothes. Wonderful, iconic imagery of Issey Miyake’s late 1980’s works.

Dedication, signed and dated (1988) by Issey Miyake in bold black marker on title page!

* Condition: Very Good (tight copy protected by original dust-jacket under plastic wrap, very light shelf wear / tanning to cover, only light marks to endpapers)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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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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