Kikutake, the book’s author, draws inspiration and creativity from her background: the daughter of Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake, she was brought up in Sky House, an exemplary project of the new Japanese housing. After studying architecture at university, she worked at Nippon Design Center until moving to Italy to work under industrial designer, Angelo Cortesi. In Europe, she was inspired by the possibilities to design an environment.
In 1990, she established Compasso CO., Ltd.
In 1994, she participated in Japanese Government-Sponsored Overseas Study Program for Artists and studied at Royal College of Art (UK) a graphic design that is not be constrained by conventional ideas of architecture, space and environment.
Open-minded and challenging but at the same time exhibiting delicacy and fineness, Kikutake’s various projects show the possibilities of supergraphics. She is now professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University. She also participates in the large-scale redevelopment around the Shibuya station.
Yuki Kikutake | Graphic Designer, Professor
Supergraphics decorate everyday scenes, such as public spaces, construction sites and areas in and around buildings. In a recent trend, supergraphics are starting to be utilised as site-specific design that connects people and places.
The book is a collection of around 20 works by the supergraphics pioneer Yuki Kikutake that can serve as a guideline for future supergraphics projects.