Author: Werner Blaser
Designer: Armin Hofmann (cover), Richard Paul Lohse (inside)
Publisher: Urs-Graf-Verlag, Olten / Lausanne
Edition: 1st, 1955
Language: German, French, English
Pages: 156 p
Size: 31 x 24 cm
Weight: 960 g
Printed in Switzerland
Availability: Only 1 in stock
Rare collectible book
First and out-of-print edition
Swiss graphic design masterpiece
Swiss architect and designer Werner Blaser published many books about modern architecture. He worked with Mies van Der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and others. After a travel to Japan, Blaser compiled this book about classic Japanese architecture in 1955.
The influence of asian, especially japanese aesthetics on western modern art, architecture and (graphic) design can hardly be overestimated. In this book, the minimalistic, grid-based structures with strong black/white contrasts in classic japanese architecture are explored.
The cover design is by "basel school" designer Armin Hofmann: his hand-drawn uppercase font tries to emulate the modular simplicity and bold contrasts of Japanese architecture.