You and I

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When a Book Belongs to No One Else but You

A Book That Moves Forward With Time

“You and I” is by poet Shuntaro Tanikawa.
Naoko Nakui, the designer of the book, asked me to work with her on the book binding. The book is bound in a cloth-covered top binding, and the foil on the cover is wonderful.

The pigmented foil, however, will lose its color if it is rubbed.
From a bookbinding point of view, it would not be good if the color of the foil faded, but Shinohara saw the fading as a good design feature, so we went ahead with the production and completed the book.

After submitting this book, Shinohara, having personally read the poetry book and noticed that the foil fell off the parts that his hands frequently touched and how the color of the paper in the text changed over time, was satisfied. It’s like the way jeans or leather goods change over time and you become attached to them. The more you read, the more the book becomes your own.

The Bookbinding Process Being Part of the Design.

Always seeing color fading and paper loss of books in a negative light, Shinohara now realized that books can actually just be produced so that, from the get go, they look like what they would eventually look like in a few years after being read. At the same time, he also realized that paper processing and book manufacturing are also important steps in book design, and that these steps are not just processes through which books get produced. 

I was sad to see paper books losing the fight against e-books, but then I realized that what really matters isn’t whether paper books win against e-books, but whether paper books would leave readers with a lasting impression simply for the fact that they are paper books. At the time, I had such a conflict in my mind that paper books would lose again e-books, but it was not about winning or losing – it was about being able to create something that would leave a lasting impression because it was a paper book. In order to do that, I have to know what one thinks and feels when they want to make a book, which is why I have com up with this style of making books that is not only based on technique but also on the feelings that one might have when he or she wants to make a book. Shinohara said, “If it had been right after I delivered this book (You and I), I wouldn’t have had this realization. I had this realization only because I read it as a reader, and because I was also on the production side.

あたしとあなた / 2015〜2016
デザイン : 名久井直子
製本ディレクター : 篠原慶丞

サイズ : W120×H190mm
クロス : Dynic細目ポプリン 36 にび色
見返し : ビオトープGAFS マゼランブルー 90kg
芯材 : NPCC#22
本文 : 石川製紙株式会社 特漉き紙
仕様 : 角背上製、花切れ・スピンあり、全面箔3c
頁数 : 120頁
数量 : 4刷 計20,000部

協力会社 :
株式会社松岳社 / 角背上製
有限会社コスモテック / 箔押し

担当 : 篠原慶丞

担当 : 篠原慶丞

この書籍を担当した頃の私は、将来的に紙の本は電子書籍に駆逐されると危機感を感じていたのですが、本は読む人の心だけでなく、身体にも馴染み、変化していく奥深さを知ることで、それ以降、紙の本の価値を信じるようになりました。

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