It was way back in 2008 that we first championed brilliant Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki whose work fuses technological know-how and quirky ideas with playful, thought-provoking results. Over the years he’s gone from strength to strength, whether it’s creating superb personal work like the Three Radio Theremin, bizarre commissioned pieces for big brands (like the Red Stripe sound system made from recycled Notting Hill Carnival beer cans) or being chosen as one of the Design Museum’s Designers in Residence last year.
We’re delighted to see Yuri notch up another milestone in his impressive career with the publication of his first book. Designed by the ever-excellent Åbäke and edited by producer Yoichi Nakamuta, The B-Side of Onomatopeic Music (BOOM) is a collection of visualisations of Yuri’s various soundscapes with contributions from the likes of Momus, Tim Hunkin, DMX Krew and Maywadenki. It’s really great to see an artist like Yuri have his talents translated into print in such a creative way, where the temptation may have been simply to document his process. Instead this collection focusses on the reactions his work inspires and the feelings it provokes, which makes for a much more interesting book.