The language is delightful a "blowsy peony" Chinoiserie described as Creating a "lively chaos then taming it", this is great fun.
the book is beautifully designed with simple design solutions like the typography, using Serif-bold titles, and sans-serif for the text. It is elegant, and easy to read. The text pages are very effective with lots of breathing space, they are a perfect counter point to the opulent textures and patterns of the luscious photographs and fabrics. It is a book to own and treasure.
I never cease to be amazed by and delighted by his work. As an artist, Kazumi's creativity is drawn from everything in world around him; he can be inspired by anything from fine and decorative arts, to fashion, theater, literature, and film . What Kazumi thinks about is always worth paying attention to. He sees things with a degree of awareness that is remarkable. He is well versed in design history, He has had years of experience working with archives and important historic documents, interpreting them with his distinctive style.
It is always a pleasure to see Kazumi's amazing paintings turned into fabric ,rugs, tapestries and other surface design projects.
Along with The late founder of Clarence House, Robin Roberts, Kazumi forged a new standard for the American home furnishing industry. Robin often said Kazumi has "the greatest artistic hand I have ever seen.'' They worked with the finest traditional European crafts men translating these designs into sumptuous fabrics.
Kazumi said in Interior Design magazine 3/1/2007
"Robin created this brand with over-the-top damasks, lampas, silk velvets, and luscious trims—his skill at editing grand archival designs was tremendous. I liked working with those as well, but the pendulum needed to swing back,"
Yoshida explains. "I started mixing mid-century whimsy with the energy and force you see in contemporary art."
Armand Albert Rateau Chair from the collection of the late Robin Roberts.
Patinated Bronze Circa 1920
designed for Florence Blumenthal
Clarence House fabric inspired by the Rateau
Kazumi is first and foremost one of the most brilliant colorists of our age, Trained as a painter he has a highly refined sense of color, one that is so subtle, sophisticated, and nuanced.
When designing textiles Kazumi still works with the traditional materials of pencils, paper, paints, and brushes. How do you turn these humble materials into something extraordinary? With what Cecil Beaton described as “ flickers of genius” he said this in reference to Christian Berard, I think the same applies to Kazumi. He has that all important ability to "know" absolutely when a piece is just right, when to stop. Like the Zen masters of brush painting from his home country of Japan.
He has worked with Etro, Ratti, Este Lauder, and most recently
Kazumi designed a series of the large luscious beach towels and home furnishings for Hermes.
Kazumi's living room From Elle Decor Feb/March 2011