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The Touch is a new collaboration between Nathan Williams of Kinfolk and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects that welcome readers into over 25 inspiring spaces where interior design is not only visually appealing but engages all of the human senses. Through beautiful homes, hotels, museums, and retail stores — from contemporary designs by Ilse Crawford and Bijoy Jain to classic cases by Arne Jacobsen — readers are invited to explore how experiencing elements such as light, nature, materiality, color, and community can deliberately bring us back to our senses and imbue every day with a richer quality.
In addition to stunning photography and interviews with design industry leaders as John Pawson and David Thulstrup, the book also details philosophical and art history references that reflect the tradition of design and color theory. For a deeper understanding of the concepts explored, the touch includes an appendix which profiles architects such as Lina Bo Bardi and Richard Neutra. Heritage design pieces that helped influence this movement are also listed in the book.
NATHAN WILLIAMS is the co-founder of Kinfolk, a magazine based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Ouur, a clothing and homewares brand made in Japan. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk has become a leading lifestyle authority connecting a global community of creative professionals from London to Tokyo. Williams is the author of The Kinfolk Table, The Kinfolk Home, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur and The Eye. kinfolk.com
JONAS BJERRE-POULSEN is a founding partner at Norm Architects with over a decade of experience as an architect, designer, art director and photographer. Jonas shares his passion for phenomenology — the philosophical study of human experience — and striking spaces, objects and images with clients that range from established design brands to international magazines and private homeowners. Norm Architects creates products, homes, exhibitions and commercial interiors for some of the most renowned design brands. As a photographer Jonas has produced editorial images featured in The Touch. normcph.com
John Clifford Burns, Editor in Chief
Christian Møller Andersen, Art and Design Director
Harriet Fitch Little, Editor
Gabriele Dellisanti, Assistant Editor
Amy Woodroffe, Publication Director
How do you design a space that appeals not only to the visual but also to all other human senses? Nathan Williams from Kinfolk and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen from Norm Architects investigate this question in their first joint publication The Touch - Spaces Designed for the Senses and present an understanding of design that focuses on people and their sensual experience.
The Touch presents architectural room concepts in which harmony and well-being are created through the interplay of elementary design aspects such as materiality, haptics, light, color and a sense of community. The reader gets an insight into over 25 impressive buildings from all over the world - be it private apartments, universities, museums or mausoleums, designed by design icons such as Arne Jacobsen, Le Corbusier or contemporary architects such as Tatiana Bilbao or Studio K. In addition to informative interviews with designers and Architects pursue philosophical and art-historical references to the long tradition of spatial theories and color theory.
NATHAN WILLIAMS is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Kinfolk magazine, based in Copenhagen. Kinfolk, founded in 2011, is one of the leading and style-defining design magazines with loyal readers in more than 100 countries. Williams is the author of The Kinfolk Table , The Kinfolk Home , The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, and The Eye . Kinfolk.com
JONAS BJERRE-POULSEN is a founding partner of Norm Architects. He has worked as an architect, designer, art director and photographer for over a decade. Norm Architects develops products, designs exhibitions and interior design for world-famous brands. Bjerre-Poulsen shares his passion for phenomenology and the design of places, buildings and images that make a lasting impression with his customers - from private individuals to established design brands to international magazines. Some photos from the book The Touc h are by Bjerre-Poulsen. normcph.com