Oka Hiroyuki, one of the youngest members of the current generation of Japanese flower arrangers, is no exception to the rule. But in addition to that typical, detailed craftsmanship and the pursuit of perfect execution, this young artist is endowed with a refreshing sense of humour and a fantastic eye for witty coincidences. This first monograph contains a wondrous collection of his original work, which only reveals its secrets after close inspection. Hiroyuki Oka makes colourful conceptual art that far exceeds the predictability of perfection.
Hiroyuki Oka. Monograph
Perfection, symmetry, detail, patience, focus, precision, passion… these are just a few of the concepts that spontaneously spring to mind when we talk about Japanese floral art. It is also these characteristics that ensure that Japanese floral artists remain in a league of their own.
In the book FRAGMENT, architect Koen Bogaert highlights in 12 articles some remarkable projects from his architectural oeuvre. Texts, drawings and photos (Liesbet Goetschalckx) are given separate pages and can not only be read separately, but also work complementarily. Thus the reader not only gets the (logical) architectural story and choices behind each individual project but also gradually gains an insight into the architect’s general philosophy and aesthetic language of form.
Under the label ‘styleless’, dmvA makes every possible style its own. In this way, the office immediately removes every limitation and at the same time supports the concept that timeless architecture does not exist. They act as scenario writers, transforming the programme into a screenplay, spaces into sequences and allowing the building to tell a different story every time. They are no mathematical theorists, but designers driven by emotion, commitment, art and sex, resulting in a plastic, thoroughly detailed architecture in which maximalism is achieved in a minimalist manner.
Colours can be magical. Chris Mestdagh, one of Belgium’s most versatile designers, proves it convincingly in Colorful Retreats, a beautiful mood book in which he immerses us in his favourite colour palettes on the basis of various mood reports.
If you Google the name Lieven Musschoot, you will read several times that the interior architect from Knok does not consider the ego of the designer to be important. Lieven Musschoot does not impose himself; on the contrary, he is a good listener, picking up on the smallest details and only translating his own vision after a careful reading of the wishes and desires. Musschoot designs total concepts, whereby he not only arranges the space, designs the furniture and the wall coverings, but even designs the type of bread baskets and table nappies. Those who work with him choose all or nothing.
Seven years after his first book, Bart Lens and his team Lens°Ass show how this approach can lead to exciting projects. Formulating a concept as clearly as possible is the basis of every design. With the right choice of materials and controlled detailing, creations that radiate calm and serenity emerge. The clear use of lines strengthens the pure emotions that arise between the design and the light. The great care for the interior in all its facets is a constant preoccupation of Lens°Ass.