The collaboration between CBA and Mutty continues, and Mutty recently celebrated its first 10 anni of cultural, artistic, and culinary activities. Congratulations to Mutty!
For the fourth edition of 12×6 with Serena Gianoli, titled ‘Japonisme,’ we asked Mutty to select some titles about Japanese culture, always exploring the realms of design, art, and cuisine.
Lazy Dog Press
The collection begins with Katsumi Komagata, an artist who has developed a strong bond with Mutty over the years. His books, conceived as works of art for children, represent a perfect example of Japanese artistic sensibility.
Inspired by his experience with his daughter Aï, Komagata has simplified shapes and colors to offer a unique perspective of the world from a child’s point of view, combining pedagogy and anthropology. His books are considered design objects due to the use of techniques like pop-up, origami, and tangram, making them appealing to both children and adults. This new edition contains over 100 illustrations of Komagata’s works and is a must-have for enthusiasts of his contributions to global publishing, design, and graphic arts.
Lazy Dog Press
Author Mihoko Iida explores the art of Japanese residential interiors, presenting an analysis of the diverse design of spaces in private homes.
The book showcases twenty-eight exemplary residences scattered throughout Japan, from urban dwellings to mountain apartments and seaside houses. Iida highlights the enduring philosophy of integrating the natural landscape into the homes and illustrates the influences and ongoing evolution of Japanese interior design. The book also features homes designed by some of the leading Japanese architects, including Kengo Kuma, Nendo, Koji Fujii, Arata Endo, and Takamitsu Azuma.
This volume delves into the roots of traditional Japanese colors, which trace their origins to ancient traditions and nature. Initially adopted to signify rank, these colors have seen their meanings expand over time to encompass a wide range of design objects today.
The book presents 200 colors, each illustrated by objects spanning from the 16th century to the present day. They highlight both well-known designers such as Naoto Fukasawa and Issey Miyake, as well as lesser-known talents rooted in Japanese tradition.
Each color is described with information about its origins and cultural influences, including the pigments used and the historical figures associated with these shades.
“Tokyo Stories” is a culinary journey through the vibrant city of Tokyo. The book explores the eclectic culinary world of this city, from the delights of corn cream vending machines to ramen and gyoza shops, presenting over eighty authentic recipes. The author, Tim Anderson, also shares anecdotes and photos from his travels. This book is a tribute to Japanese cuisine and is perfect for Japan enthusiasts and lovers of its delicious flavors.