Friday, May 29, 2009

Hideki Nakajima Monograph.

Hideki Nakajima Monograph. Photographs and artwork by Hideki Nakajima. Dalian University of Technology Press, 2005. 1484pp., numerous illustrations, numerous paper types and folding techniques, 265×200mm. Found via pocko, images from for print only.

"This front-to-back, back-to-front monograph for Japanese designer Hideki Nakajima is a behemoth in both size and production values. 1,484 pages, Japanese stab binding (side stitch), Paper folding technique and usage of multiple paper types."

"The bilingual book is divided into ten categories and can be read from back to front and vice versa — the book has no front or back. One side of the book is provided with a hardcover (dutch-board), The other cover is formed by ten separate semi-transparent layers."
(-- designer Nivard Thoes).

How I would love to get my hands on this book!

Over 1400 pages, different paper quality, perfectly hand-bound together using Japanese stab binding. That in itself is a feat, but the fact that such a thick book looks innovate, delicate, and intriguing (rather than like a phone book) is so impressive to me.

Very well done indeed! I'm hoping for more collaborations like this.

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