Art & Design

November 29, 2016

Inside Japan’s Most Creative Studios

See the spaces where Engineered Garments, White Mountaineering, Tadao Ando and co get their design on

  • Written by Amuse Team

If you’re a fan of Japanese creativity, then the new book, Where They Create, Japan gives you access to the studios of the country’s most talented designers, from fashion to architecture and everything in between.

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Engineered Garments © Paul Barbera

The book’s creator, photographer Paul Barbera, was drawn to Japan, because “there are few places in the world where I feel that a community or even the country as a whole, has a constant craving for absolute perfectionism.”

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Takahashi Hiroko © Paul Barbera

There are portraits and studio shots of 32 creatives, including architects Tadao Ando, Sou Fujimoto and WonderWall, as well as fashion brands like Engineered Garments, White Mountaineering, Takahashi Hiroko and Christopher Nemeth.

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White Mountaineering © Paul Barbera

Monocle’s magazine’s founder, Tyler Brûlé, explains his own fascination with working with the country in the foreword: “I collaborate in Japan because there is that acceptance, willingness, commitment to really go into the finish line and hopefully to go above and beyond.”

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Tadao Ando © Paul Barbera

Where They Create, Japan is out now on Frame Publishing


Main image: Kaibutsu © Paul Barbera


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