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Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In Designing Design, he impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since. Kenya Hara, among the leading design personalities in Japan, has also called attention to himself with exhibitions such as Re-Design: the Daily products of the 21st Century of 2000.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 472 pages, softcover reprint (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-450-1€45.00 / $55.00 / £35.00
Signs for PeaceAn Impossible Visual Encyclopedia
Edited by Ruedi Baur and Vera Baur Kockot, Design2context
Can one visualize peace? Are there signs, symbols, and images that present a positive image of peace as opposed to receiving their meanings in opposition to war? Over several years of research, the Design2context Institute has intensively examined the representation and representability of peace and has compiled a comprehensive collection of images. In order to include a number of historical, cultural, and political perspectives, the archival aspect is supplemented by workshops in crisis regions. The encyclopedia—which, as new sociopolitical situations continue to arise and call for new pictures, must inevitably remain incomplete—provides a broad overview of the iconography of peace, and is also intended to assist in gaining an understanding of the concept. This book represents a significant contribution to future discussions on the need and desire for peace in political and social life.
Design: Megan Hall
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 600 pages, 1762 illustrations, paperback (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-243-9, English€40.00 / $55.00 / £35.00
Winner of the 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012
Encyclopedia of FlowersFlower Works by Makoto Azuma, photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki
Edited by Kyoko Wada
Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma—encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs,
Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay.
In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.
Design: Kenya Hara
16.5 × 24.8 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 512 pages, 203 color illustrations, paperback in a transparent slipcase (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-313-9, English€58.00 / $85.00 / £50.00
Gewinner 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012
Torre DavidInformal Vertical Communities
Edited by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich
Photographs by Iwan Baan
Torre David, a 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, has remained uncompleted since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home to more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous squat, that some
have called a “vertical slum.”
Urban-Think Tank, the authors of Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, spent a year studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-become home. Richly illustrated with photographs by Iwan Baan, the book documents the
residents’ occupation of the tower and how, in the absence of formal infrastructure, they organize themselves to provide for daily needs, with a hair salon, a gym, grocery shops, and more. The authors of this thought-provoking work investigate informal vertical communities and the architecture that supports them and issue a call for action: to see in informal settlements a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of putting design in service to a more equitable and sustainable future.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9½ in, 416 pages, 406 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-298-9, English€45.00 / $60.00 / £38.00
Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher 2012
Imagining the House
Buildings by Chinese architect Wang Shu—this year’s winner of the Pritzker Prize—feature clear and simple contemporary designs that make use of traditional methods and materials. The reuse of building materials is characteristic of his buildings.
Shu’s design process always begins with an intense study of the location. The architect spends as long as possible on the site, absorbing its atmosphere. He then produces drafts in the form of hand-drawn sketches, creating them in relatively quick succession. Imagining the House follows this process in various buildings. Photographic documentation of the locations elucidate Shu’s on-site research. The reproductions of drawings in this book demonstrate how the designs change and become more concrete over the course of the process. The book provides unique insights into the work of an architect who has hitherto received little attention in Europe, thereby addressing a considerable omission in the publishing world.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
24 × 29.7 cm, 8 ¼ × 9 ½ in , 168 pages, 68 drawings, 15 photographs, paperback, Japanese binding (2012)
ISBN 978-3-03778-314-6, English€50.00 / $65.00 / £45.00– Sanhe House, Nanjing, China, 2003–
– Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China (second phase), 2004–2007
– Ningbo History Museum, Ningbo, China, 2003–2008
– Expo 2010 Shanghai, Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion, Shanghai, China, 2009–2010
– Tiles Hill: new reception center for the Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, China, 2010–
– Tea House at Linyin Buddhist Temple, Hangzhou, China (still in design process), 2009–
– Buddhist Institute Library of Hangzhou,
Hangzhou, China, 2011–