Art Space Tokyo: An Intimate Guide to the Tokyo Art World

Coauthor, Designer
& Producer

Appropriate Meta

My Role

  • book design (cover & interior)
  • illustration
  • map design
  • art direction
  • design and development of
  • co-author of front-matter, neighborhood recommendations and space introductions
  • Japanese production management
  • launch event (Tokyo x 2, New York) coordination, management

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From the back:

Art Space Tokyo acts as your 272 page personal guide and interpreter, connecting you with the neighborhoods and figures behind some of the most inspiring art spaces in this colossal city.

Design & Production Notes

Art Space Tokyo is a book I produced with editor Ashley Rawlings from Spring 2007 to Spring 2008. We spent the first quarter of 2008 working to complete the project by April. I acted as project coordinator, art director and designer.

The visual style and rhythm of this book aims to be antithetical to the 'standard' guide format. Instead of glossy pages, coverage of many locations with limited depth and lots of photographs, Art Space Tokyo instead focuses on a small number of spaces, draws the reader close through in-depth interviews and essays, and challenges the imagination with sumie ink illustrations.

Project Details

  • published in May 2008 by Chin Music Press
  • printed in Japan
  • 272 Pages
  • two color silk screened cover
  • one color foil stamping on the spine
  • one color spot on end pages
  • two color spot throughout
  • sewn in bookmark
  • 50+ illustrations by Nobumasa Takahashi

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We think the end result is something unique and, hopefully, a breath of fresh air to those looking for an alternative and intimate guide to Tokyo.

Cover: 2 color silkscreen w/ 1 color foil stamping on grey cloth.

Cover: 2 color silkscreen w/ 1 color foil stamping on grey cloth.

Inner spreads

Inner spreads

Map page spread

Map page spread

Chapter opening illustration spread

Chapter opening

Cover and spine

Cover and spine

Endpages — detail from illustration throwaway

Endpages — detail from
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