online: where they create – japan

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in today's industrialized world, japan is an odd entity when scrutinizing the way how technology has been embedded in the context of its unique and highly sophisticated cultural legacy. complex sensibilities continue to guide the country's creativity, resulting in an innovative output that seem to defy rules that seem self-imposed anywhere else on the planet. following a previous publication released by frame publishers in 2011, new york city-based australian photographer paul barbera has committed himself to explore creative practices, and this time it's specifically those of a diverse range of leading japanese designers, artists, architects, and other nifty innovators.

in collab with design journalist kanae hasegawa, who conducted accompanying interviews, barbera traversed the land of the rising sun to document the studios of no less than 32 creatives. the 312-page where they create – japan publication not only provides a unique insight into their professional lives, but combined with hasegawa's personal approach, also a rare intimate exposure of each interviewee. the list is quite impressive, and includes directional names, such as toyo ito, jo nagasaka of schemata architects, wonderwall's masamichi katayama, anrealage's kunihiko morinaga, and tokujin yoshioka. available now, where they create – japan is stocked by select bookstores across the planet, but can also be ordered online [international delivery available].

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