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NAOSHIMA

2010. How to do an island? When publisher Hatje Cantz asked us to design a book about the island of Naoshima, placed in the Japanese Seto Inland Sea and home of several museums and hotels founded by the Benesse corporation, spontaneously we had a sudden vision of nothing but space (inspite of the somehow claustrophobian idea and definition of “island”).

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Univers, Mincho

260 mm × 280 mm

232 pages

Clothbound, including map

Bilingual, English and Japanese

Published by Hatje Cantz


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There were several approaches to capture the essence of a place where contemporary architecture meets modern art and traditional lifestyle. Finally we used as much white space as possible and a low-voice, light and minimal typography, to give all the attention to the pictures. The cover is printed directly on white linen, whereas the paper used is uncoated. Leafing through the book you can feel how deep all of the ideas happening on Naoshima are rooted in its nature–opening one’s mind for things to come.


“There are nearly a thousand islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The scope of the foundation program will soon spread to nearby islands such as Inujima and Teshima. In the meanwhile, you have a book that is itself a small piece of this magic island. A place for thought.”
The Global Journal,
March 1, 2011



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