For this exhibition, Lars Müller selected 100 from among the many books he has published, and he introduced them in such a way that visitors could actually take the books in hand. The exhibition display was designed by Sou Fujimoto, an architect who is garnering worldwide acclaim. Fujimoto placed simple display fixtures and stools of Scandinavian design into the spacious, glass-enclosed exhibition area, all on one floor, creating a pleasant and comfortable space ideal for spending long hours at reading.
Lars Müller BOOKS Analogue Reality
April 10, 2015–May 30, 2015
Traveling exhibition from ddd to ggg
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
April 10, 2015
kyoto ddd gallery
On the day of the talk it was suddenly decided, at Mr. Müller's ardent request, to hold the session in the actual display space deigned by his guest - architect Sou Fujimoto - surrounded by book. Mr. Müller spoke of his approach to book production. The books he has designed come in myriad shapes, he said - small books, thin books, very thick books, large books, even books with covers of concrete - and in each case he arrived at their form from their content, with infusions also of his own personality and true nature. Using the metaphor of architecture, he said that the process by which he puts a book together, as an "architect of books," is similar in many ways to Mr. Fujimoto's architectural work. from books the topic of discussion progressively expanded to architecture, then the latest technologies, and on to contemporary society. Mr. Fujimoto talked about his design for Mr. Müller's earlier exhibition at kyoto ddd gallery as well as his spatial design, completely different, for the show at ggg.
April 09, 2015
Related Event 1: special Lecture by Lars Müller "Analogue Reality"
Kyoto University of Art ＆ Design
Professor Jun Sato introduced Mr. Müller by describing how his company has, since 1983, published some 800 books in areas including design ,photography fine arts, architecture and social issued. Mr. Müller opened his remarks saying that we live analogue lives, but modernism has sought to resolve various life issues. In Switzerland, during the 1950s and '60s efforts focused on establishing the guidelines of modern design, and Mr. Müller's first publication was a book relating to grid design. The fundamental stance behind his bookmaking is sharp and simple design rendered by grid design. For his book covers, he avoids whenever possible using photos to express a book's contents. In closing, he offered the following advice "Live a proper life, and act based on an understanding of the workings of society around you."
April 17, 2015
Related Event 2: Open Classroom "Lars Müller's bookmaking"
Kyoto University of Art ＆ Design
Mr. Sato said he has long felt a close rapport with Mr. Müller, being of the same generation. One of Mr. Müller publishing rules in quality of design, and ot he 200 or so requests for book publication that come to him every year, only a few are granted. Using a document camera, Mr. Sato then introduced a number of Lars Müller Publishers' publications that he had brought with him: "ECM: Sleeves of Desire," about record cover designs; "New Graphic Design," a reprint of a magazine by Josef Müller-Brockmann; "8vo: On the Outside," about Octavo, ad design unit that foresaw computer design:; "typography," about Wolfgang Weingart of the Basel School: a book on the nostalgic design of Hans Hillmann; a book on the graphic design of Lufthansa; "The Good Life," a collection of beautiful things that aren't created by design; and books on his beloved Helvetica typeface.
Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito