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On The Outskirts Of Central Tokyo Discover True Wellness, And A Spectacular Infinity Pool

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion


Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event


The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics


The Beauty Of Indian Textile Craftsmanship In ISSEY MIYAKE Sub-Brand HaaT's SS22 Collection


End Of An Era For Japanese Architect Kisho Kurokawa's 1972 Metabolist Structure

MIROKU Nara by The Share Hotels

A Sense of Natural Calm At This Design Hotel in Nara, Designed By Keiji Ashizawa & Fumihiko Sano


Melbourne's Bright, Young and Radical Chef Addressing Food Waste through Fermentation


The London-Based Photographer On 'The Beauty Of Unexpected Moments'

MAME KUROGOUCHI Fall Winter 2022

Finding the “Presentness of the Past” in Nagano’s Nature And The Rich History of the Jōmon Period

ISSEY MIYAKE Autumn Winter 2022/23

Designer Satoshi Kondo Embraces The Beauty Of Untamed Nature In 'Sow It and Let It Grow'


“Nature Controls Herself. I Try To Let Nature Speak.”

UNDERCOVER A/W 22-23 Womens

Cold Flame: Designer Jun Takahashi Explores An Inner Rebellion With Punk Femininity In All Its Forms


An Impressive Luxury Boutique Hotel Designed by Tadao Ando Positioned In The Heart of Kyoto's Gion District

Jil Sander Men’s FW22

Back of the House Production's Warm Rays and Technical Sphere

Where They Create Japan Book

Photographer Paul Barbera Shoots the Studios of Japan's Leading Creatives

October, 2017

New York-based Australian photographer Paul Barbera presents his latest book Where They Create Japan, capturing 32 of Japan’s leading contemporary artists and designers in their studios, in the theme of “where they create”.

Following his self-initiated Where They Create online series that saw him shooting an intimate insight into the studios, homes and workplaces of various creatives worldwide during his travels, which soon caught the eye of Amsterdam-based publisher, FRAME.

From artist Mariko Mori‘s all-white uniform and workspace, to Wonderwall interior designer Masamichi Katayama‘s art-filled office in Harajuku, the book provides a rare view into the surroundings of some of the greatest Japanese creative minds of our time.

Photographer Paul Barbera worked with design journalist Kanae Hasegawa to create the authoritative and insightful interviews, with copyediting and local support from Champ Editor Joanna Kawecki. 

Mariko Mori - Where They Create © Paul Barbera

Did you know that architect Tadao Ando keeps artwork around in his office to provide him inspiration? Even designer Kenya Hara of Nippon Design Institute keeps a small Pyracantha Bonsai amongst his bookshelves.

One insight of note is architect Kengo Kuma‘s approach to good communication with his builders or local craftsmen during a project: “I think ideal architecture can only be realised when good communication between the people involved is established. Dining and drinking is the best way to get to know each other.”

Noritaka Tatehana © Paul Barbera
Noritaka Tatehana's studio © Paul Barbera
Tadao Ando - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Tadao Ando - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Tadao Ando - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
There are few places in the world where I feel that a community or even the country as a whole, has a constant craving for absolute perfectionism.
Paul Barbera
Kohei Nawa - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Kohei Nawa's SANDWICH Studio - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Hiroko Takahashi - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Hiroko Takahashi - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Hiroko Takahashi - Where They Create © Paul Barbera

Where They Create Japan
Creatives Studios by Paul Barbera

Shinji Ohmaki's studio - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
Nendo - Where They Create © Paul Barbera
October, 2017