Nicolas Nadé’s graphic exploration of the Antarctic in a beautifully printed monochrome book

Date
15 July 2016
Reading Time
1 minute read

Illustrator Nicolas Nadé has created this neat little monochrome book called Nobu. Named after Shirase Nobu, who led Japan’s first polar exhibition, the book is an imaginary exploration of the antarctic.

Taking a graphic approach to the South Pole, the book was art directed by designer Alexander Essayie and published by Paris-based publisher FP & CF Editions. Its 32 pages are rich with greyscale imagery, depicting the antarctic full of immaculate ice caps and mountains that surround cool, blocky buildings, like a modernist’s paradise.

Inside the book are two prints and the book’s colophon printed extravagantly on copper paper. This offers an interesting textural and colour contrast, and keeps the book pristine and free from words cluttering its smooth pages.

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Nicolas Nadé: Nobu

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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