Gordon has written for Wallpaper for five years, interviewing star Japanese and international creatives including Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, hairdresser to the stars Kamo, and British fashion minimalist Neil Barrett. Perhaps just as significantly, he has uncovered emerging talent, bringing names such as fashion duo Sise, furniture designer Nosigner and architects Atelier A5 to greater international recognition.

Wallpaper April 2007

Sight of the Times (21_21 Design Sight)

Architect Tadao Ando and fashion designer Issey Miyake’s ever-changing design museum in Tokyo.

Wallpaper May 2007

Dream Stream (Moku Moku Yu)

Klein Dytham’s bathhouse at the Risonare resort hotel in Japan’s Southern Alps that offers mixed

bathing in ever-so-stylish surroundings.

Wallpaper September 2007

Agricool—Tokyo (Underground farm in Otemachi)

Deep underground in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district a soil-free agricultural revolution is taking place.

Wallpaper November 2007

A New Leif (Leif Design)

Young Japanese collective Leif.designpark talk tables and trees.

Wallpaper January 2008

Meshing About (Katsuya Fukushima)

Architect Katsuya Fukushima’s origami-inspired Tokyo home.

Wallpaper March 2008

Shoji Time (Atelier A5)

Tokyo-based architectural practice Atelier A5 teams contemporary ideas with tradition.

Wallpaper April 2008

Hirakoso Clever (Naoki Hirakoso)

Japanese designer Naoki Hirakoso – a big fan of form, chic furniture… and cemeteries.

Wallpaper September 2008

Head Master (Katsuya Kamo)

Cutting-edge hair artist to Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi

Wallpaper November 2008

Retail Directory 2008

In the magazine and online:

Neil Barrett

Zaha Hadid’s shapely space in Tokyo for British tailoring talent Neil Barrett.

Only online:


Japanese minimalist designer Tokujin Yoshioka’s glittering boutique for Swarovski

Wallpaper May 2009

Forward Looking (Ryuichi Furumoto)

Architect Ryuichi Furumoto creates ultramodern yet friendly buildings.

Wallpaper May 2009

Retail Directory 2009

In the magazine and online:


Klein Dytham architecture’s luxe store for cell phone maker Vertu in Tokyo’s exclusive Ginza district


Kengo Kuma’s flagship store for Tiffany is Tokyo’s most glittering jewel

Only online:


A street-savvy store that helps you make sense of Japanese pop culture

Do by Claska

Visionary products from across Japan in one hip location

Ermenegildo Zegna

Leather-clad lord of luxe Peter Marino’s unique retail experience

Wallpaper November 2009

In the magazine and online:

Fab 40

Forty fabulous finds from Japan – from design department stores to clothes with a Star Wars silhouette


Design-conscious dwellings in Tsudanuma, Chiba, by the masters of minimalism

9h Hotel

Where capsule meets chic

Electric Bikes

Switched-on cycles from Sanyo, Yamaha, Bridgestone, Miyata and Panasonic

The Sea Forest

Architect Tadao Ando’s eco-island

Wallpaper February 2010

Tokyo Sky Tree

Best Building Sites, Wallpaper* Awards