Daijiro Mizuno

Writer; Editor; Educator / Japan /

Daijiro Mizuno’s Notable Books of 2011

Christmas is coming soon. And I wonder, if I am to give a book as a Christmas present, what will people feel? What will be inside the glossy gift wrap? What impression will people have as they open it?

Books are to be read and are seen as a great source of information. But even before that, we recognize them as tangible objects through their presence and perceptual stimuli. I want the gift books inside the wrapping to be beautiful—in both the tactile and visual sense. I believe in the holistic experience of reading books as the sum of smell, weight, texture, and look. . . . View the complete text
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Robert Violette Editor
Judith Clark
Susannah Frankel

Although there have have been books on Hussein Chalayan published in recent years to accompany exhibitions of the clothing designer’s that have been held worldwide, this unique and beautiful book contains Chalayan’s drawings reflecting the process of his explorations of “conceptual” design.



This book derives from information exchanged on Twitter immediately after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. At the time, social networking via mobile phone was an incredibly important—the only—tool for learning about the needs of those who were affected by disaster. Those who lived far from the devasted area exchanged information and relayed offers of help, but there was no effective platform to facilitate and archive them.

Nosigner then came up with a Wiki project called OLIVE (Open Ideas and Designs for Earthquake Survivors) to enable mass collaboration for aiding the striken area and victims. He invited designers to submit ideas for designs that would be useful for disaster relief, archiving these design entries, which could be assembled at an evacuation center. Nosigner later edited the uploaded entries and created this book. It is full of tips and tools for survival in extreme conditions, and I would like everyone to read it as a reminder of disasters of any kind around the globe.



Tacita Dean

A box-set monograph on the work of artist Tacita Dean, published by Steidl—a publisher world-famous for the beauty of its books. This is an updated version of Dean’s Seven Books (2003), published as a similarly designed white box set from Steidl. This box set is designed using seven beautiful gray tones to illustrate Dean’s serene narrative.


Kim Colin

The origin of this book was a personal fascination of Sam Hecht’s. For his project “Under a Fiver,” he purchased products that cost under five British pounds as he traveled around the globe. His collections of quirky products are both particular to the area where he purchased them and at the same time universal to human behavior. This book is full of inspiration not only in the context of design but also as a work of cultural anthropology.

サム・ヘクトによるこの本は、Under a Fiverと題された彼の個人的なプロジェクトに端を発する。ヘクトは、世界中を旅する間に現地で5ポンド以内で購入することができるプロダクトを収集していた。収集されたプロダクトは、購入された場所におけるコンテクストの固有性と同時に普遍性も垣間見ることができ、デザイン的観点のみならず文化人類学的な見地からも興味深い内容になっている。

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