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* City Guides
Wallpaper* City Guides are a cut above your run-of-the-mill travel titles, they take you to the places the other guides miss (or are too scruffy to gain entry to). Gordon has written four guides on Japanese cities, all of which draw on both his own knowledge of the cities as a Tokyoite with family in the Kansai area and his familiarity with local artists, designers and retailers.
Early in 2009, Gordon began filing updates on Japanese design stars and unsung talents from Japan. His stories have included D&AD Gold Award-winning designer Naoto Fukasawa, interiors maven Chikara Ohno and a solar-powered truck that is delivering much needed fresh water to some of the driest places in the world.
Omega contacted Gordon in mid-2009 when they were trying to find a writer who could both speak their language and could secure an interview with jet-setting sensei of architecture Shigeru Ban. One thing led to another and Gordon found himself writing for Omega’s Japanese magazine as well, providing stories on every one of its boutiques across the nation.
Axis is Japan’s leading design title, and the work both Gordon and Mayu have done for the magazine showcases their combined talents. Gordon supplies work in English, while Mayu translates the often tricky copy, full of design terminology, for the Japanese-language pages of the magazine. The work is a great example of what the duo can create for your Japanese company or publication.
A former Cycle Sport, Cycling Weekly and Mountain Bike Rider copy editor and contributor, Gordon has a good knowledge of all aspects of the sport—from the latest technology to hip trends. He has written reports on the latest Japanese e-bicycles, the craze for fixed-gear bicycles in Tokyo and high-stakes gambling on professional “keirin” cyclists, and has developed an extensive range of contacts including electronic bicycle makers, artisan frame-makers, keirin racers and the hippest kids in the fixed gear scene. If you’re looking for a cycling story with a difference, get in touch here.
Gordon started out in newspapers 14 years ago, first as a reporter, then news editor for Sydney’s “City Hub” newspaper. He spent nearly a decade working for magazines in London, but on moving to Tokyo in 2005, took up a position with The Daily Yomiuri, the English-language version of the world’s largest newspaper. His work has also appeared in London’s Financial Times, the Vancouver Sun and Asian News, the magazine of the Asia News Network. His interviews have included John Micklethwait, editor in chief of The Economist magazine; American Airlines MD of Pacific Operations, Theo Panagiotoulias; and design star Oki Sato, better known as Nendo.