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Masayuki Makino, Graphic Object/Book
Email:[at], URL:, IG: @masayukimakino, Based in Tokyo, Japan., Please contact me via Email for any inquiry., This site is a temporary version., © 2024 Masayuki Makino


“Language: The documentation of WOTA office project,” mtka

This is a book documenting a renovation project led by architectural office mtka. mtka has renovated a modern building, which was a former bank built around 70 years ago, into a laboratory and office for WOTA Co. engaged in the development of small-scale and decentralized water recycling system. During the renovation, they asked an artist to record the process. This book is composed as a document that reveals the singular space created by mtka’s approach to an existing architecture and that transmits it to posterity.
mtka integrated to the space 15 language (method) that is sharable to anyone and updated its context to one that can be passed on and proceeded to the renovation by grasping the building as a dynamic architecture. They got inspiration from the traditional “boro (shred)” method rooted in North-East Japan for the renovation to create a link between the context of the existing building and the additional elements which ensure the necessary features. As a result, the quality and time incorporated in the existing building have been overlapped and the space reborn to something generous with a completely new expression. For example, in the edges of the windows, a time axis layer of old and new materials appears. This change of the existing functional elements to something meaningful is created by structuring a new relationship with the old building.
As a response to this dynamic architecture and to be able to add information or re-edit it if further renovation would been done in the future, this book was created by using paper fastener for the binding and pad binding for the spine. The relationship between the existing building and the “present” is packed in a bundle of paper so that, as a book, it can show a fixed point in the cycle generated from the relationship between architecture and time.

Pages: 128, Dimensions: W252×H364 (mm), Format: Softcover, Language: Japanese/English, Year: 2023, Photography: Masafumi Tsuji, Book design: Masayuki Makino, Printing: Atelier Gray, Binding: Suzuki Book Binding, Publisher: mtka

“Everything is Repeating,” Hirotaka Sugisaki

Project Name: a house, Date of Completion: 2022.5, Type: House, Location: Kakuda, Miyagi, Floor: 99.36m2, Photography: Masafumi Tsuji, Graphic Objects: Masayuki Makino, Printed and Bound in Japan

Four objects: 1/105*148.5×2, 2/105*148.5×4, 3/210*297×3, 4/210*148.5×2


“Karl! #0,” Karl!

Format: Cassette Tape, Dimensions: W130×H98×D18 (mm), Music&Lyrics: Karl!, Graphic Objects: Masayuki Makino, First Edition of 100 Copies, Printed&Bound in Japan, Published by Karl!“Karl! #0”, Karl!


“HOUSEPLAYING No.01 VIDEO,” Ryosuke Yuasa (Office Yuasa)

This book is a record of the exhibition “HOUSEPLAYING” which took place in the “FLASH” house designed by the architect Ryosuke Yuasa. The exhibition was held amid the living space of the house resident. Artists exhibited and welcomed the visitors with their works created under the theme “VIDEO (which means ‘I see’ in Latin)” and based on the “FLASH” house. Visitors, with no relations to the resident, could enter in a space where one’s everyday life was crystallized. This created a multilayered exhibition space where visitors could wander between the “FLASH” house itself, resident’s belongings and artworks.

This book was composed under the exhibition theme “VIDEO” and was developed as an object which has its proper time and space by using elements like texts, photography, documents or drawings that have different time axes and are result of a “recording” process. It is an attempt to escape from the reductionism of the “recording” process by creating a new sharable exhibition space with visitors who will take the book even if that person did not go to the actual exhibition.


Exhibitors: Ryosuke Yuasa, Yurika Kono, Kenta Kawagoe, Takahiro Ohmura, Tetsu Umehara, Yukasa Narisada, Yuki Tsutsumi, Makoto Ueda

Text: Hideyuki Nakayama, Ryosuke Yuasa, Yurika Kono, Kenta Kawagoe, Takahiro Ohmura, Tetsu Umehara, Yukasa Narisada, Yuki Tsutsumi, Kozo Kadowaki, Photography: Yurika Kono, Kenta Kawagoe, Documentation: Fuminori Toquyama (Photography), Yukasa Narisada (Photography and Video), Video: Tetsu Umehara (Music), Yukasa Narisada (Video), Drawing: Ryosuke Yuasa


Pages: 288, Dimensions: W148×H210 (mm), Format: Perfect binding, Language: Japanese, Book design: Masayuki Makino, Printing: Fujiwara printing, Offset printing, Edition of 500 copies, Published by Ryosuke Yuasa, Printed and bound in Japan, Translation: Mana Haraguchi




“VERSION, Maquette 2/12,” Théo Casciani & Lou Rambert Preiss

Collaborator: Théo Casciani, Director: Théo Casciani/Lou Rambert Preiss, Creative Direction: Simon de Dreuille, Opening and closing (credits) animations in film/Graphic Objects: Masayuki Makino, and great team.




“Théo Casciani Website,” Théo Casciani

Collaborator:Théo Casciani, Develop&Code: Harry Hunt, Music: Pierre Rousseau, Voice: Mana Haraguchi, Design: Masayuki Makino





This book focuses on 2 photo studios “GO-SEES AOYAMA” and “GO-SEES PREMIER” designed by Tokyo based architectural studio mtka.

The book was mainly composed by the following 3 elements: Basic information of the space/Models’ photos took by the architect/Completed buildings’ photos shot by a photographer. There is almost no superiority between the architect who designed the studios, the photographer and the graphic designer who designed the book. Furthermore, the 3 elements cited above were arbitrary classified in different paper type/paper weight/paper format/printing method and all the pages are designed so that several elements overlap each other.


The 2 studios are located in existing buildings at different locations (Aoyama and Ebisu) and were designed based on the same concept, which is to use the outside shape of the existing building. In Aoyama, the existing building has a large rectangular plane with an arc on one side and a small rectangle diagonally attached to it. In Ebisu, the existing building is sited in a corner lot and has a corner cut-off plane as a result of building restriction. These characteristics were extracted: In Aoyama, as an object that makes up the space and in Ebisu as an element that modifies the space dynamics. In this book, the 2 studios are connected by the makeup room “mirror” which is a common motif of those studios, and the pictures are placed so that the reader cannot identify which space it refers to. Furthermore, the pictures shot by the unique point of view of the photographer and the models’ pictures which represent the traces of the architect consciousness during the designing process are compressed by a particular bookmaking method to create a space. This book is a reflection about how to enable a virtual experience of a real space (like a photo studio) that can be experienced only under specific conditions, by multiplying visual experience in various ways.


Pages: 38 with various formats, Dimensions: W225×H305 (mm), Color Photography: Gottingham, Model Photography: mtka, Photography (Documentation): Masafumi Tsuji, Book Design: Masayuki Makino, Printing: Atelier Gray, Edition: 100, Translation: Mana Haraguchi




“Fade to Grey,” Théo Casciani & Pierre Rousseau

Collaborator: Théo Casciani & Pierre Rousseau, Typeface: Axel Pelletanche, Photography: Pablo Di Prima, Graphic: Masayuki Makino

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