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Fumiko Gotô

Jeweller
Published: 23.10.2020
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu heri, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.8 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu heri, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.8 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen yoko, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.6 x 3 x 1.9 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen yoko, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.6 x 3 x 1.9 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen yoko kuro, 2020. Buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 6 x 2.7 x 1.6 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen yoko kuro, 2020
Buffalo horn, silver 0.925
6 x 2.7 x 1.6 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu tate, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu tate, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.7 x 3.2 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kumite ni Sen tate, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 3.9 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kumite ni Sen tate, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925
3.9 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Soramame, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.4 x 3 x 1.9 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Soramame, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.4 x 3 x 1.9 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Soramame, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.4 x 3 x 1.9 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Soramame, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.4 x 3 x 1.9 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

Unique piece
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kumite ni Mayu, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 6 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kumite ni Mayu, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925
6 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

Unique piece
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu yoko, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, pressed amber, silver 0.925. 4.3 x 3.5 x 1.6 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu yoko, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, pressed amber, silver 0.925
4.3 x 3.5 x 1.6 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Kaku, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 4.4 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Kaku, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
4.4 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kumite ni Ten Ten, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 4.3 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kumite ni Ten Ten, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925
4.3 x 3.3 x 1.5 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen naname, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 4.9 x 3 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen naname, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
4.9 x 3 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Yabane, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 4.1 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Yabane, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
4.1 x 3.5 x 1.9 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Ari, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 5.6 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Ari, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
5.6 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kumite ni Ten, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 4.6 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm. Part of: Private Collection. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kumite ni Ten, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm
Part of: Private Collection
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kumite ni Ten, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925. 4.6 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm. Part of: Private Collection. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kumite ni Ten, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, silver 0.925
4.6 x 3.4 x 1.7 cm
Part of: Private Collection
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu yoko dai, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 3.9 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Mayu yoko dai, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
3.9 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

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Tsugite and Kumite-vari ations with silver inlays..
Tsugite and Kumite-vari ations with silver inlays.

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Tsugite-variations with the inlays of „Mayu“, made of pressed amber..
Tsugite-variations with the inlays of „Mayu“, made of pressed amber.

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen naname, 2020. Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925. 4.9 x 3 x 1.7 cm. From series: Kumite ni Tsugite. Tsugite ni Sen naname in Tomobako-box, each with the title and the signature of the artist. 
. Unique piece. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Tsugite ni Sen naname, 2020
Mammoth ivory, buffalo horn pressed amber, silver 0.925
4.9 x 3 x 1.7 cm
From series: Kumite ni Tsugite

Tsugite ni Sen naname in Tomobako-box, each with the title and the signature of the artist.

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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Nasubi 04L, 2019. Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, silver.925.. 2.8 x 2.6 x 4.5 cm. Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Nasubi 04L, 2019
Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, silver.925.
2.8 x 2.6 x 4.5 cm
Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019. Hand - carved mammoth ivory, mother of pearl, silver.925.. 2.9 x 2.1 x 5.4 cm. Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019
Hand - carved mammoth ivory, mother of pearl, silver.925.
2.9 x 2.1 x 5.4 cm
Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Nasubi 04R, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, serpentine, chalcedony, silver.925.. 2.8 x 2.3 x 5 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Nasubi 04R, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, serpentine, chalcedony, silver.925.
2.8 x 2.3 x 5 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Kushi 011, 2018. Hand-carved buffalo horn, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.. 2.7 x 1.5 x 7.9 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Kushi 011, 2018
Hand-carved buffalo horn, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.
2.7 x 1.5 x 7.9 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019. Hand-carved mammoth ivory, carnelian, silver.925.. 2.7 x 1.9 x 4.7 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019
Hand-carved mammoth ivory, carnelian, silver.925.
2.7 x 1.9 x 4.7 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Mayu OV013 and Mayu OV012B, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, Japanese coral, serpentine, silver.925.
. Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, onyx, silver.925.. 2 x 2.3 x 6.9 cm; 1.8 x 2.3 x 6 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Mayu OV013 and Mayu OV012B, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, Japanese coral, serpentine, silver.925.
Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, onyx, silver.925.
2 x 2.3 x 6.9 cm; 1.8 x 2.3 x 6 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.. 3.2 x 1.6 x 5 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.
3.2 x 1.6 x 5 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Nasubi 04L, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, Tahitian Keshi pearl, silver.925.. 2.8 x 1.8 x 4.7 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Nasubi 04L, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, Tahitian Keshi pearl, silver.925.
2.8 x 1.8 x 4.7 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Mayu RO022, 2018. Hand-carved Elforyn®, buffalo horn, Japanese coral, silver.925.. 4.7 x 2.3 x 6.2 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Mayu RO022, 2018
Hand-carved Elforyn®, buffalo horn, Japanese coral, silver.925.
4.7 x 2.3 x 6.2 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Mayu OV013A, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.. 1.9 x 2.3 x 6.6 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Mayu OV013A, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.
1.9 x 2.3 x 6.6 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Hyôtan 024, 2018. Hand carved Elforyn®, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.. 2.5 x 1.7 x 4.8 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Hyôtan 024, 2018
Hand carved Elforyn®, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.
2.5 x 1.7 x 4.8 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, South Sea pearl, carnelian, silver.925.. 2.8 x 2.5 x 4.8 cm. Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Soramame 07, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, South Sea pearl, carnelian, silver.925.
2.8 x 2.5 x 4.8 cm
Part of: Museum mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Hyôtan 021, 2019. Hand-carved Elforyn®, onyx, Japanese coral, silver.925.. 2.3 x 2.3 x 5.7 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Hyôtan 021, 2019
Hand-carved Elforyn®, onyx, Japanese coral, silver.925.
2.3 x 2.3 x 5.7 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Ichyô 011, 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, serpentine, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.. 3.9 x 1.6 x 3.9 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Ichyô 011, 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, serpentine, Mediterranean coral, silver.925.
3.9 x 1.6 x 3.9 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Hyôtan 011B, 2018. Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, silver.925.. 1.9 x 1.6 x 6.5 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Hyôtan 011B, 2018
Hand-carved mammoth ivory, Japanese coral, silver.925.
1.9 x 1.6 x 6.5 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Untitled, 2018 - 2019. Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Untitled, 2018 - 2019
Hand-carved buffalo horn, onyx, silver.925.
From series: Wagashi
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Fumiko Gotô. Brooch: Hyôtan 022B, 2018. Hand-carved buffalo horn, mother of pearl, silver.925 in Tomobako-box.. 2.2 x 2.4 x 5.9 cm. From series: Wagashi. Fumiko Gotô
Brooch: Hyôtan 022B, 2018
Hand-carved buffalo horn, mother of pearl, silver.925 in Tomobako-box.
2.2 x 2.4 x 5.9 cm
From series: Wagashi
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Intro
After over 30 years of practicing architecture, working with different scales and typology of buildings, I am now taking on a new scale and genre by creating jewellery.

Statement

The richness of seasonal diversity has endowed Japanese culture with a variety of motifs, which have been extracted from nature and abstracted into distinctive forms and worked further into exceptional artefacts by Japanese artists. Inspired by these artefacts, I transform these constitutions into jewellery, employing substances that evoke the chromatic heritage of traditional Japan.
 
As in architecture, I set the scale of my 'ornament' to the human physiology, in this case of creating jewellery namely the size that fits in the mouth. I am inspired by traditional Japanese sweets - 'Wagashi', and especially I have been compelled by the size hitokuchi, which means 'mouthful' - a morsel can be ingested whole, all at once, without first taking a nibble.
 
Consequently I have adopted this size to my jewellery, which is very appropriate to the scale of human body especially worn as brooches: this size is small enough not to disturb the whole visual appearance of a person with his/her style, clothing, complexions etc., but large enough to make the wearers’ personal statements.


Series “Kumite ni Tsugite”, 2020
From the ancient time in Japan, 'Miyadaiku' - carpenters, specially trained to constructshrines and temples practiced wood joining methods called Kumite or Tsugite, without the use of any metal parts to connect timbers. The joining elements are directly cut and shaped in the wood itself and inserted like complex puzzles, yet occasionally joints are made using an additional independent wood-element to secure them more steadily.
 
This extra element - one may call it a 'foreign body' or 'the third element' inspired me to create this series of brooches. For the 'the third element' I have chosen traditional Japanese motifs that I often apply to my composition, such as cocoon, calabash, or fava bean.
 
For the materials, I have chosen again to carve and polish substances reminiscent of traditional Japanese artefacts as I used for the 'Wagashi' series, such as black buffalo horn and mammoth ivory. Especially for this series I have chosen amber comprehensively as the third element - this warm yellow colour evokes the appearancetortoise shells, which were extensively used for hair ornaments called Kanzashi in the past.

With nearly 40 years of experience as an architect, it is very natural that I should be interested in this traditional architectural method of joinery.

Mutually, the concept of 'the third element', which implies the interrelationship of the complexity and the diversity of our surroundings captivated me to create this series.

 
Series “Wagashi”, 2019 and continuing

Indispensable to the tea ceremony, 'wagashi' - traditional Japanese sweets inspired me to transform these into jewellery, employing substances reminiscent of traditional materials, such as carving and polishing black buffalo horn which recalls black-lacquerware; mammoth ivory, preciously preserved over 10,000 years in Siberian permafrost as a substitute for protected ivory which was used widely for Netsuke-carvings; and gems that evoke the chromatic heritage of traditional Japanese jewellery.
 
I have applied a variety of traditional Japanese motifs, e.g., 'hyôtan' (calabash), 'mayu' (cocoon), 'hamaguri' (clam), and 'soramame' (fava bean) as ground silhouette for my jewellery, these forms have been widely adopted and repeatedly implemented in different fields to create an array of artefacts in Japan. I have abstracted these formsfurther until the original figures nearly distorted, in which I am inspired by the Italian mannerist painters who exercised their distinctive stylings delightfully.
 
As in architecture I set the scale of my jewellery to the human physiology. In this series of 'Wagashi', I have been particularly compelled by the 'wagashi'-size called 'hitokuchi' that means 'mouthful' - a morsel small enough be ingested whole, all at once, without first taking a nibble.

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2020:
Exhibition  17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021  Two of a Kind.
Exhibition  30 Sep 2020 - 30 Oct 2020  Kumite-Joinery by Fumiko Gotô.
Exhibition  30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020  METALLOphone 5, The contemporary metal art biennale.
Vilnius, Lithuania.
Exhibition  30 Sep 2020 - 30 Oct 2020  Kumite ni Tsugite by Fumiko Gotô.
Exhibition  30 Sep 2020 - 15 Dec 2020  METALLOphone: Museum.
2019:
Exhibition  08 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019  Ostasien.
Galerie Biró, München.

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Magazine:  Japan trifft Sixties. Ideales HEIM, Archithema Verlag AG:  Zurich,  2010
No. 10
Magazine:  Back to the Roots. Umbauen + Renovieren, Archithema Verlag AG:  Zurich,  2009
9/10
Magazine:  Szene-Lokal. Style, Schweizer Illustrierte, Ringier AG:  Zurich,  2009
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Magazine:  Interaction of function and configuration. SPA-DE, Fareast Design Editors Inc.:  Tokyo,  2008
Vol. 9
Magazine:  Bühne frei!. AIT, Alexander Koch GmbH:  Leinfelden-Echterdingen,  2008
1/2
Magazine:  Haute Coiffure. Frame, Peter Huiberts:  Amsterdam,  2007
#56, May/June.
Book:  Relax Interiors for Human Wellness. Frame Publishers, Birkhäuser Verlag AG:  Amsterdam, Basel, Boston, Berlin,  2007
Magazine:  Kunst des Origami. Umbauen + Renovieren, Archithema Verlag AG:  Zurich,  2007
9/10
Magazine:  Sixties und ein Hauch Japan. Wohn Revue, Boll Verlag AG:  Urdorf,  2007
5
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