Kenchiku Kogei. [Architectural Craft]
Aisioru. I see all.
Tokyo, Koyosho 1932.
Editor: Kawakita Renshichiro
Kawakita Renshichiro (1902-1975) was an architect and interior designer and a key figure during the early phase of modernism in Japan. In 1932 he founded the Institute of New Architecture and Industrial Arts with the aim of bringing the ideas of the Bauhaus school to Japan. The present monthly magazine (also launched in 1932) showcases aspects of modern commercial architecture (shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, libraries, schools, factories) as well as interior design (showcases, shelving, chairs etc.) from the West and their application in Japan. Most of the articles are by Kawakita himself but there are also translations from Western sources. 'I see all' was strongly influenced by the Russian and German avant-garde and later issues discuss the influence of technology on contemporary art (Hans Arp) and photography (montage). References are made to new publications and magazines for specific countries (Germany: Die Form; Moderne Bauformen, Die Neue Linie; Soviet Union: USSR in Construction, Cobetckay Apxntektypa) showing the keen awareness in Japan of modernist trends abroad.
Volume 2, no. 6. 1932. (2), 49pp., (13)pp. 22 x 15 cm. Original illustrated wrappers.
The present issue of the journal devoted to the cinema architecture, here the projection and seating geometries in the cinema based on primarily European examples. Next feature stories dealing with film editing, animation and film poetry based on well-known European Avantgarde films.
Spine with slight loss of paper.