Frame has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Schemata Architects founder Jo Nagasaka over the course of his career, so a collaborative publication was intuitive for both parties. The Japanese architect has amassed a vast portfolio of built projects in his native country, on which Frame had the privilege to provide an international perspective and promote to a global platform.
Frame magazine and Frame’s online channels have featured Nagasaka and Schemata extensively over the years, so a book had to offer something additional to readers who were already familiar with his work. Providing creative direction for the concept and execution, Frame developed something novel from a body of existing projects.
The book takes a deeply personal approach in both design and content, giving readers insight into the mind of Jo Nagasaka and his creative process. It provides entirely new dimensions to the studio’s body of work by presenting Schemata’s slow evolution of spaces, accompanied by personal stories from the renowned designer himself. Everything from the typeface to the uncoated paper embodies the Nagasaka’s parred-back aesthetic in a tribute to the journey of Schemata Architects.
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