Masamichi Katayama is the man behind the Bape stores and a genius when it comes to interior design. I visited many of the stores he designed and was always amazed by the originality and love for detail. I’ve been several times to colette in Paris and even had the chance to judge the interior before and after the wonderwall treatment. Brilliant work, just brilliant. I can’t stress enough how I love his (and his firms) work. Katayama was actually struggling with his profession for many years and nearly gave up the job completely due to lack of work. By chance he got to know Nigo and designed the first true Bape store for him and is a famous architect ever since. Not quite sure but he probably did the interior of Nigo’s home as well.
I discovered this book at the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever been to, the Tsutaya in Daikanyama. Unfortunately they only had the (very damaged) copy on display left so I didn’t buy it back then. And you probably all know how it is and thus it took me nearly 10 months to finally order this book. Not quite sure why I waited so long because it is pure Katayama gold. As a small bonus for me: It’s a special treat for a fans of the brand A Bathing Ape. Many stores are shown in the book, even the now closed Original Fake store. Really love this one, can’t stress that enough.
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