We’ve really enjoyed using Instagram over the last couple of years, as it’s a great way for us to show off our books and exciting new finds to our customers. Pop up books and those with an experimental angle never seemed to sell very well prior to us being able to show them off on this platform.
I thought I’d take a moment to talk briefly about one book which blew up our Instagram feed a little while back and seems to provide a tireless source of bewilderment to our follows on the ‘counterprintbooks’ feed.
The 360˚ Book is a new format that enables the artist to create a panoramic three dimensional world. The book opens and expands into a dynamic circle of pages. Each page is a finely crafted work of art, drawing the viewer from a scene of two dimensions into a three-dimensional diorama.
Regardless of the book's theme, it feels like something that could only have been made in Japan. As such, the books are the brainchild of one Yusuke Oono, who was actually born in Germany but graduated from The University of Tokyo where he studied Architecture.
Through the ‘Mount Fuji 360 Book’ Oono has designed a surprising twist on the pop-up book. A 360-degree panoramic scene of layered silhouettes, where Mount Fuji is unveiled in all its majesty, surrounded by curling clouds, a fiery round sun and with graceful red-crowned cranes alighting on its slopes.