Over the last six months I’ve become a bit of a Japanophile where graphic design is concerned. Something about the kanji characters and the completely different grid systems they offer, in comparison to western graphic design, really appeals to me. So indulge me a little while I show you a superbly designed Japanese catalogue featuring the work of an incredible Japanese artist (be still my beating heart).
Nakano Design Office have produced this stunning catalogue on the occasion of the Kiyoo Kawamura Exhibition at the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo. It’s a beautifully simple, clean piece of design that leaves plenty of room for Kawamura’s work to take centre stage, but maintains just the right amount of creative flourishes to be an exquisite design object in its own right. Similarly Nakano have been careful to keep the design contemporary, with regular nods to more traditional stylistic tendencies visible in Kawamura’s own work. Nice.