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Alchimia
Never Ending Italian Design

The first edition of this great Alchimia book, edited by Kazuko Sato and published by Rikuyo-sha in Japan in 1985. The first European edition of this book appeared later in 1988.
Text in both English and Japanese.

This is truly THE book on the work of Studio Alchimia.  Published in Japan in 1985 and later in Germany in 1988 and lavishly illustrated throughout with colour photography and illustrations, this bilingual (English/German) volume features the history of Studio Alchimia, profiles of the Alchimia members (which included designers such as Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi, amongst many others) a full work index and bibliography, and more.

Studio Alchimia was an iconoclastic, radical design group founded in Italy in 1976 by the Italian Architect Alessandro Guerriero.  The Studio Alchimia was composed of designers, whose aim was to design and manufacture exhibition pieces, rather than consumer orientated products. Their products were to be regarded as prototypes / one-offs, leading the way from the principles of modernist design to a bold, new, experimental design style.  This style would lead to the formation and popularity of Italian design groups in the 1980′s such as the Memphis Group and the new directions taken by the Alessi company.

Contents: Introduction by Alessandro Mendini. I). Alchimia. 1). Redesigned cupboards. 2). Bauhaus I – II. II). Exhibition. 1). A phenomenon of design. 2). Banal objects. 3). Natural objects. 4). Blackout. 5). House of Newlyweds. III). Pilosophical expression and activity. 1). Unfinished furniture. 2). Cosmesi. 3). Juliet’s house. 4). Carnival tower. 5). Bisexual architecture. 6). ‘Nulla’ – sounding garment. IV). Space design performance. 1). Furniture as clothing. 2). Mussolini’s bathroom. 3). Sentimental robot. 4). Midsummer night’s erotic dream. 5). Ambrogio’s house. 6). Momentary environment. 7). Kitchen space. V). Architecture and interior. 1). Utopia in a test-tube. 2). Tender architecture. 3). Alchimia town. 4). Summer architecture. 5). An idea for the house. 6). House of falsity. 7). Café de Paris. 8). Colosseum/bank in Alcamo. 9). Mysterious bathing. 10). New bridge of Accademia. 11). Thodier house. 12). Alessi house. VI). Redesigning the Modern Movement. VII). New design. 1). Nuova Alchimia. 2). 1930s furniture. 3). Poetic objects. 4). Philosophical cupboards. 5). Monumental objects. 6). Timeless objects. 7). Human-life objects. 8). Architectural fashion. 9). Textile patterns. 10). The present age – the designer in the cage. 11). Design research on bicycles. VIII). Alchimia and industry. 1). ‘Sans souci’ tableware. 2). Product research on Neapolitan coffee-pots. 3). Post-modern designs. 4). Programme No. 6. 5). ‘Renault super 5′ decoration. 6). Domus. 7). Invention of a neutral surface. IX). Radical design. 1). The Forence group and Casabella. 2). Products of the Non-project period. 3). The Post-radicals.

First Japanese edition, hardcover, 1985.

* Condition: Fine (fine book and dust jacket, protected in plastic wrap)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Setsuo Kitaoka
Interior Designer


Published in 1988 by Rikuyo-Sha, Tokyo, this is the only major monograph profiling the work of famed Japanese interior and furniture designer, Setsuo Kitaoka.

Working closely with fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto to create the exquisite boutiques and stage designs for Y’s and Yohji Yamamoto throughout the 1980’s, Kitaoka also created incredible interiors of “lightness and wit” for Kenzo, Barney’s New York, Basco, St. Honore, Men’s Melrose, Solariste, TKX, and many more, most of which are profiled throughout this publication in lush photographic spreads, alongside his chair, table and lamp designs of the period.

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

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Interior
S. Kitahara's Modernism

Lavishly illustrated, heavy monograph on the work of famous Japanese interior designer  Susumu Kitahara.
Published by Rikuyo-Sha Publishing in 1988, this book documents in full-colour (and some black and white) photography of all the major interior architecture and design work of Kitahara in Japan from throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. His celebrated work as an interior designer centered around his work for Japanese commercial spaces, such as shop boutiques, department stores, hotels and restaurants.

This book includes texts from Susumu Kitahara, Shigeru Uchida and Minoru Takeyama and a foreword by Shiro Kuramata.

* Condition: Very Good (in original protective dust-jacket. Hard cover and interior pages tight and clean, only minor general wear to jacket) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-15: Five Sensors of an Age
Tadao Ando, Takashi Sugimoto, Rei Kawakubo, Toshiyuki Kita, Masayuki Kurokawa

The first (and only) printing of the scarce “Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-1: Five Sensors of an Age” published by the mighty Rikuyo-Sha Publishing house in Tokyo, 1985.

This beautifully designed, over-sized 383-page volume generously profiles five of Japan’s leading design practitioners of the 1980’s:

Architecture: Tadao Ando
Interior Design: Takashi Sugimoto
Fashion Design: Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons)
Industrial Design: Toshiyuki Kita
Product Design: Masayuki Kurokawa

Each designer’s section includes many photographs of their work of the 1980’s, as well as texts, their views on the design philosophy of the time and interviews in Japanese and English, making enough content to create an independent book on each designer! Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons section alone would make for a wonderful Comme publication in its own right.

Features an interview between fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and architect Tadao Ando entitled “Aesthetics of Monochrome”.

* Condition: Very good/fine – (Tight and clean copy in protective plastic sleeve) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Due to the size and weight of this volume, your order will possibly incur additional postage costs.  We will contact you with the best shipping advice upon your order, or alternatively, please email us in advance.  Thank you for understanding.

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