In a chapter of the book Matter in The Floating World: Conversations with Leading Japanese Architects and Designers called Presence of Absence (what a lovely phrase for a Monday morning), groundbreaking architect Kengo Kuma says, ‘Any new project is my dream project. No matter how small it is, it’s a space for dreaming.’ Kuma is one of twenty Japanese design innovators interviewed by Blaine Brownell, who was looking to root out the substance of their work, how they combine elegance with functional pragmatism, and artisan craft with modern materials. Fear not, though, this is not a dry, expert-only book – the images and the words are poetic and inspiring, and provide a opportunity to step into the minds of these great designers.