Gestalten - Handmade in Japan
In an era where global interest in handmade, small-batch products is heightening as a response to mass production, Handmade in Japan takes a look inside the workshops of the country's artisans, revealing their endless pursuit of excellence, and what it means to dedicate one's life to the stewardship of irreplaceable cultural heritage.
International readers with an appreciation for handmade processes using sustainable materials will find inspiration in the exploration of craft ecosystems, such as the harvesting of natural lacquer in Iwate.
Likewise, those who admire skill and beauty will enjoy discovering the lengths these makers go to in ensuring every product is perfect.
Gestalten continues to actively reimagine the way in which they approach publishing. With their extensive range of titles, they not only seek to enhance and to enrich their reader's lives, but to continually engage with the surrounding creative landscape.
Their origin story began with a focus on the aesthetic, particularly that of graphic design and, over the last two decades, the scope of both their content and their expertise has widened. Today, using a myriad of observations of culture, people, art, and other intimate inspirational informants, they document and anticipate vital movements in architecture, visual culture, design & fashion, escapism, food & beverages, travel, and contemporary art.