Some of OUR GUESTS
All these amazing humans and some more have stayed at the guest room, shared studio with us or held a show at our gallery.
We are grateful to all of them.
Caroline Lavergne (CA) Illustrator
Caroline was our very first guest. She used to be Editor in Chief of the C2 Montréal creative conference. She made a beautiful project, visiting and drawing the ateliers and workshops of artisans in our area.
“This time to think and draw was exactly what I needed, and Luis and Yuka gave me the home I needed to make the best out of Tokyo. I have met some wonderful people and I am forever grateful for making me part of their adventure in Taito.“
Matthew Forsythe (CA) Children Book Author and Illustrator
Matt is an award-winning illustrator, designer and author. He used to be the Lead Designer for Adventure Time. while in Japan, he rented a desk at Almost Perfect to work on his latest picture book.
"Yuka and Luis and Señor gave me a family and a home away from home in Japan. It was also endlessly inspiring to work in their historic building - and the neighbourhood quickly became one of my favourites in Tokyo."
Laszlito Kovacs (ES) Creative Director
Originally from Spain, Laszlito started as a designer running a design company for several years in Oviedo and then moved to Amsterdam where he became a famous illustrator, working for big brands and prestigious publications worldwide like Monocle, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Adobe. He is currently the creative director of WeTransfer.
"A thousand things must go well before something becomes almost perfect.”
Hugo Tillman (UK) Photographer
Hugo stayed with us for a short period where he did research for a new project. A very interesting research exploring incense’s qualities to carry information.
He makes films, shoots for magazines, is a great listener and interesting conversation partner.
“Yuka and Luis could not have been more welcoming and helpful. If your studio practice is desk based or if your work is predominately done outside the studio, it is a very unique and special place to connect with Tokyo and Japan. It really is rather perfect you know.”
Charles Berberian (FR) Comic Author
World famous comic author, musician and all-around wonderful person Charles Berberian came from Paris and although he didn’t stay with us, his exhibition was the first we held on our gallery walls. On the opening party he played some music for us in his guitar, which made it all magical.
“Almost Perfect is a wonderful harbor, a cosy shelter, a very comfortable workplace, and its gallery is the core of this beautiful old Tokyo house that survived war and earthquakes. That’s where artists from all around the neighborhood, and the planet, gather and meet to make things almost perfect, with a great help from Yuka and Luis.”
Ailsa Johnson (UK) Illustrator
Ailsa rented a desk for 6 months while working on her vibrant illustrations. She also held a show of small sculptures and prints.
“Almost Perfect is a home from home, with a kettle, a cat and of course good company. It’s pretty magic to be able to work in such a homely, beautiful and creative space in the heart of Tokyo. Yuka and Luis are doing something special.”
Richard Byers (AUS) Artist and Designer
Light artist, designer, drawer, programmer & photographer Richard also works as Head of Concept for a product design consultancy. In his stay and show he made amazing drawings of numerous buildings from his favoirite Taito/Sumida area on an “orihon(Folding book)”.
Luca Campri (IT) Photographer
Luca is an Italian photographer based in London. He has a fresh style in fashion and portraits, all marked out by a spontaneous approach. Luca has contributed to big publications like The Wall Street Journal or Vogue, and brands like Burberry, Max Mara or Jil Sander.
"I wished I was Señor."
Iris Humm (IT) Photographer
Iris was born in Milan, Italy, in 1988 from a Swiss father and a French mother with Asian origins. She currently lives in Barcelona, Spain, and still trying to find out where she’s from. She photographs and makes incredibly sensitive films for clients around the world.
“I most definitely have fallen in love with Almost Perfect (I'm not even exaggerating)”
Astrid Shemilt (DE) Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Astrid is an independent art director based in Munich, Germany. She has a background in cover design and graduated from the University of Applied Sciences of Mannheim with a degree (German Diplom) in Communication Design. She is currently completing her MA studies in Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire.
Chloe Smith (AUS) Artist
Chloe is an Australian artist obsessed with food and equally attracted and horrified by plastic and packaging. She makes incredibly haggable food with hand-sawn felt. Her work is highly likable and creates questions about our use of plastic and our relation with food.
Jocelyn Tsaih (USA) Artist, Illustrator
Taiwan-born, Shanghai-raised visual artist currently based out of Oakland, California. Jocelyn’s work is a reflection on human nature and the intangible aspects of life.
She works in different media; painting, mural-making, printmaking, animation, and ceramics.
“My time at Almost Perfect was incredibly special. It was an intimate, welcoming space that helped me gain clarity and create the work I wanted to make. Yuka and Luis were the best hosts and I am so grateful that they welcomed me into their world at Almost Perfect!”
Luke Crouch (AUS) Painter
Luke’s practice uses landscape to evoke various moods. The sfumato he borrows from old European paintings, and the atmospheric treatment of nature are strong in his work. He never uses photographic references but prefers to stand close to his subjects in person, so he spend a lot of time drawing planes at Haneda airport to make the airplane paintings he showed at our gallery.
“The gallery is a breath of fresh air. There's no other place like it.”
Rachel Bungey (UK) Graphic Designer
Rachel is based in Tokyo and rented a table at Almost Perfect for a while. Artist and designer from London specialised in graphic design and art direction. Her work is multidisciplinary and echoes her interest in music, nature and contemporary culture. She has worked for independent record labels XL Recordings and Young Turks, as well as freelance projects for clients such as Adidas, Puma, Sony Music and Universal Music.
Marcin Zeglinski (USA) Illustrator, animator
Marcin Poduski is a Chicago-based creative with many talents: he does design, Illustration and also animation. His work is usually funny and full of wit. We loved to see him work meticulously and see how Señor fell in love with him.
“More than just an amazing space, Luis, Yuka, and Señor are growing a budding community. I feel grateful to have been there and be a part of it”
Ryan Gasparini (AUS) Videographer
Ryan is amazing. We chose him between other 28 videographers that applied to an Open Call. We offered a 2 week stay at our residence in exchange for a video about Almost Perfect. It was a tough choice to select one off so much talent, but Ryan didn’t disappoint us; it was a pleasure to have him as a guest and he made an amazing video for us. He delivered beyond expectations and we are very grateful to him. If you ever need a video person, he’s the guy.
“Staying at Almost Perfect was easily the highlight of my time in Japan. I'd never been before, so it was the perfect place to go as Luis and Yuka are so welcoming and engrossed in the Tokyo community that it was as if I'd lived there for years - even though my stay was just two weeks! It feels like a home (because it is), and it's also an amazing place to work, no matter what your creative field is.”
Vasco Mourão (PT) Illustrator, Artist
Vasco works on the perception, texture and memory of the urban landscape. Only using simple tools, his practice focus on the representation of cities through drawings on paper, wood and metal.
Drawings of cityscapes and other architectural structures at large, rearranged on the canvas. Somewhere fine art and illustration, Mourão creates artworks and large scale murals for various private clients, galleries and institutions, working also on selected editorial commissions.
Originally from Portugal, he is now based in Barcelona, Spain.