I have always wanted to go to Japan. I love their attention to detail and their ability to dedicate themselves completely to a cause or a project. They do everything with such passion and devotion. They set really high standards and for many I presume the bar is just too high (Japan ranks in the top ten countries with the most suicides). Still, I love them for seeking perfection. I am a sucker for perfection myself. At the Frankfurt Buchmesse I saw these Japanese handicraft books (which I love, but are somewhat difficult to come by). I especially love the Peikko (Takako Kitano) books.
Yesterday I returned from the annual Frankfurt Buchmesse. I really like going there as part of my job (acquiring rights for new bookprojects) but it’s also really inspiring, for anyone who loves books. You get to see a lot of of recent and new releases just before they hit the bookshops and you can wander endlessly through the different halls (divided by country) with all kind of different topics. EVERY book that you can order is represented there. It’s fantastic! Just below I’ve included some pictures so you can get a taste for yourself and books that I thought looked really pretty. I really like craftbooks and childrensbooks because of the illustrations. I like the abstract design of these classics and I always go by Phaidon with their beautiful artbooks. I can’t wait for next year!