A House by Toshiko Mori


Cloudline is one of the most spectacular books, I have ever designed in my career. It’s a pure jewel.
Cloudline is a unique building designed by architect Toshiko Mori in collaboration with gallerists Sean and Mary Kelly and situated on the slopes of the Hudson River in Upstate New York. One is immediately greeted by art as soon as one enters the structure: Joseph Beuys, Jannis Kounellis, Juan Munoz, and Ian Hamilton Finlay escort you inside the space, which, with its aluminum-framed panoramic windows facing the Hudson Valley and its plain concrete floors, serves as a minimalist canvas for the art within. Cloudline’s collection includes works of art by a considerable number of artists, some of which were created specifically for this site. Nearly a dozen of these same artists created new works especially for this book. These works of art will be reproduced as facsimiles, inserted into a numbered, limited edition version of the present publication, and accompanied by an essay by the novelist Colm Tóibín in which he describes the magic of Cloudline.

| An unusual book project about an architectural gem for art and books in a spectacular natural setting

| Limited edition of 600, of which only 300 will be commercially available


The book is divided into two parts: the actual book with the essays (Andres Lepik, Toshiko Mori and Mr. and Mrs Levine), and the wonderful photographs of Iwan Baan, Toshiko Mori and Mary Kelly, and the partly hand bound, slightly smaller foldouts and pages of the artists contributions by Marina Abramovic, Los Carpinteros, James Casebere, Iran do Espírito Santo, Antony Gormley, Laurent Grasso, Callum Innes, Joseph Kosuth, Peter Liversidge, Anthony McCall.


The Materials

Several kinds of papers are used throughout the book to support all the different facets of the artists’ contributions.


The Typography and special Images

For the typeface I chose Skopex Serif by Andrea Tinnes. It is printed in silver like the house’s details of the black and white photographs.


Special thanks to all the lovely people from the Sean Kelly Gallery, especially Sean Kelly himself, who made this great project possible, and Maureen Bray, with her nerves of steel.
My regards go to Toshiko Mori and her team.
Many thanks to Cristina Steingräber and Andres Lepik, the »parents« of the Cloudline book, to Julika Zimmermann, Sandra-Jo Huber and Julia Günther from the great team of Hatje Cantz, and to Jan Scheffler and Kerstin Wetzel from prints professional.

Hatje Cantz, 2012

Texts by Andres Lepik, Toshiko Mori, Colm Tóibín, photographs by Iwan Baan
2012. c. 160 pp., ca. 60 color ills.
25.00 × 31.00 cm
clothbound, in slipcase

ISBN 978–3 7757–3459 2