Super Potato Design: The Complete Works of Takashi Sugimoto: Japan's Leading Interior Designer

Super Potato Design: The Complete Works of Takashi Sugimoto: Japan's Leading Interior Designer

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Super Potato Design is the first full-length book to present the work and conceptual ideas of the internationally renowned Japanese design firm Super Potato, founded by Takashi Sugimoto.

Super Potato's compelling designs for the interiors of restaurants, shops and hotels, as well as Takashi Sugimoto's designs for tea ceremony spaces and utensils, are richly complex compositions of materials which create simple, strong spaces.

Using traditional Japanese building materials such as bamboo, wood, and stone, but creating original yet timeless spaces, Super Potato's designs avoid specific stylistic characterizations and short-lived fashion. By finding contemporary expression for essential concepts present in traditional Japan and combining materials in unexpected ways to create exciting spaces, Super Potato's work has had a significant impact on interior design in Japan and throughout Asia.

Super Potato Design is generously illustrated with 320 full-color photographs by the respected Japanese photographer Yoshio Shiratori, who has recorded Super Potato's projects since the firm's conception in 1973. Architect and Japan scholar Mira Locher introduces the ideas and influences of Takashi Sugimoto, the founder and principal designer of Super Potato, and provides a thorough explanation of each project. Architectural drawings further describe the projects. A forward by Tadao Anso, interviews between Takashi Sugimoto and architect Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama, and also graphic designer Kenya Hara, explore the ideas relevant to Japanese designers today. A list of the Complete Works of Super Potato rounds off the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804837378
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Edition description: 1st Bilingual Edition, Hardcover with Jacket
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Architect Takashi Sugimoto, born in Tokyo in 1945, studied metal sculpture before graduating from the Crafts Course of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1968. He founded Super Potato in 1973 and became a professor at the Musashino University of Fine Arts in 1992. He received the Mainichi Design Award in 1985 and 1986, as well as the Interior Design Association Award in 1992.

Mira Locher was born in Pennsylvania and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Assistant Professor at the College of Architecture & Planning at the University of Utah.

Table of Contents

Beyond Layered Discontinuity Foreword   Tadao Ando     10
The Design Firm Super Potato     14
Early Projects     22
Strawberry     24
Maruhachi     26
Radio     28
Pashu Labo     32
Pashu     36
Old-New     38
Brasserie-EX     42
Be-in     48
Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama Talks with Takashi Sugimoto     52
Series Projects     58
Shunju Akasaka     60
Shunju Tameike Sanno     66
Kitchen Shunju     74
Shunju Tsugihagi     78
Shunsui     86
Shunkan     92
MUJI Aoyama     100
MUJI Aoyama-sanchome     104
The Future and MUJI     108
Ryurei     112
Komatori     114
Tea Utensils     116
Kenya Hara Talks with Takashi Sugimoto     118
Recent Projects     124
Niki Club     126
Mezzag     130
Brix     138
Straits Kitchen     142
Zipangu     148
Cafe TOO     156
Hibiki     162
Zuma     168
The Grand Chapel     172
The Shinto Shrine     174
Shunbou     178
Roku Roku     182
Nagomi     184
Waketokuyama     186
Roka and Shochu Lounge     192
Sensi     198
Lobby and Lounge     202
Park Club     208
Guest Rooms     212
Cornerstone     216
The Timber House     220
Major Works 1971-2006     226
Acknowledgments     240

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