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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In Novelties & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

Dictionary Dressings

Dictionary Dressings

Femke de Vries
By investigating the legitimacy of the current vocabulary used in the design and fashion industry, ABC Dictionary Dressings boldly contributes to how the design and fashion industry is being perceived, or for this matter, defined. In search of an alternative, more semantically relevant and innovatively up to date terminology, this volume uses archival images and fragments of texts, to testify to the limitations of the existing vocabulary which is normally used to represent factual and rational information about the characteristics and utility of the defined items, but is oblivious to the stylistic dimension of the designated items. Take the Dutch definition of a glove for example: “Handschoen: bekleding van de hand” (literally translating to "Glove: covering of the hand"). A hand, however, can be covered in a myriad of other ways.
c-heads #35 2018

c-heads #35 2018

C-heads Volume #35 is out and in the stocks. This issue is themed around places, ‘the magical places, the ones we come from, the ones we have been to, the ones we dream of and the ones still ahead of us.’ Essentially adorned with female model photography, there’s an exception of rare photos of the Rolling Stones and others of the city of Hong Kong on the display. Also featured are talks with a host of creatives including Terry O’Neill, Swantje Paulina Wördemann, Maggie Lindemann, Leah Green, Motoko Watanabe, Sam Livm and with Darren Ankenman and Berlin girls Melina & Leni. 
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever traces the course of the cabin in North America—from the simple architecture of colonial settlements to contemporary interpretations feverishly circulated across the Internet—showing how this humble architectural form has been appropriated for its symbolic value and helped shape a larger cultural identity. The publication follows a tripartite structure—Shelter, Utopia and Porn—that maps the formal evolution of the cabin typology within a changing set of social and cultural desires.
Cabin fever sketches a beautiful narrative about the history of cabin culture and the passions underlying its evolution in North America. Printed on smooth uncoated paper and a hard medium size cover, the book presents the cabin as an architectural and cultural constitution in view of three notions: shelter, which explores the cabin’s practical details accompanying the historical Westward land explorations, utopia, which represents an outlook on the cabin being an excellent site for distancing and contemplation, and porn, which positions it in popular culture. This brings to light the great purposes behind having a cabin, having in mind the works of the likes of Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder, but at the same time serves as a symbol of colonization and displacement of indigenous people. Cabin Fever is produced along the Cabin Fever exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
New Wave Clay

New Wave Clay

Ceramic Design, Art and Architecture
New Wave Clay exhibits the exemplary work of 55 active creatives from around the globe who are leading a revival movement of the ceramic industry. Flitting between conversations and essays, it also comprises four thematic sections: Joy, which is about the ceramics that excite the eye with their vibrant colours and vitreous textures, Simplicity, which sets out an awesome collection of ‘austere, no-frills shapes and a pared-back palettes, ceramics that share the uncomplicated wabi-sabi in form, function or both, Structure, where pottery intersects with architecture, to reveal the engineering capabilities of some ceramists, and finally, in Nostalgia we are introduced to contemporary use of old-school techniques and aesthetic tropes from the past!