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In the past 12 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 News & 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.

CriticALL!

CriticALL!

From Google reviews to YouTube tutorials, and from online service desks to real-life ‘may I speak to the manager’ requests–we are all critics of our designed environments. It seems strange, argues publisher Onomatopee, that design criticism is a practice considered to be only for ‘experts’. Design belongs to all of us and, therefore, its criticism as well.⁠ ⁠ Through an open call they collected short texts that criticises, discusses, analyses or reflects upon an everyday design object, system, environment, or construct - written by non-design professionals. The chosen essays are displayed in this book, alongside commissioned contributions by renowned critics. With this book, Onomatopee wishes to break down the often closed circuit of design criticism and establish a grounding for a ‘design criticism for all’.⁠ Buy
Eyes Open: 23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids

Eyes Open

23 Photography Projects for Curious Kids
Eyes Open is a sourcebook full of photography ideas for children. Simple tasks encourage them to change angles, notice details, see the everyday in a new way, understand light and shadow, follow interests, create simple concepts and look, through the camera, at the world with different, sharper eyes. Compiled by none other than Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas.⁠⠀ Buy
A Dance Mag #3 Touch

A Dance Mag #3 Touch

Surprise Subscription #4
Here it is, the fourth edition of our Surprise Subscription with a magazine about body movement and touch, in a time when we had so little of it. More
MJKVDL 2021

MJKVDL 2021

MJKVDL 2021 presents the first published overview of the experimental work of architect-turned-clothing designer Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur.  After a 30 year career as an architect, Mark began experimenting with clothing design after he and his husband, the artist AA Bronson, relocated from New York to Berlin in 2013. His designs emerge from labour-intensive and formally unique processes, responding to problems or provocations raised by traditional approaches to garment construction and tailoring, and subverting established norms of production. Rather than a fashion collection, Mark’s clothes exist outside of capitalist cycles of seasonal production and consumption; each garment is unique and no multiples are made or sold.⁠ Designed in the layout of a fashion lookbook, the publication, however, shows in a very intimate way the garments that are imbued with autobiographical narratives. The very personal is underlined by the photographs, most of which were taken at home in the Berlin flat Mark shares with his husband.⁠⠀ Buy
Aesthetics of Sustainability - Thilo Alex Brunner

Aesthetics of Sustainability

Material Experiments in Product Design
For a long time, sustainable products had the reputation of being unsexy, aesthetically somewhere between a tie-dyed T-shirt and a haystack. But these times are fortunately over. Sustainability, longevity and circularity are not only in demand as properties, but also their visibility within the material.⁠ At ECAL students of product design, established materials specialists, manufacturers and researchers came together with the aim of exploring and defining the aesthetic potential of a new generation of sustainable materials. The result of this research-through-design project is a series of fourteen case studies involving the development of materials made from textile waste, recycled paper, rubber granulate or vegetable fibers such as algae, rice husks, hemp, flax and wood. The resulting new materials can be shaped, pressed, woven or welded and offer future designers a range of practical tools and applied knowledge about the methods of analyzing and processing seminal materials, utilizing their advantageous qualities and developing functional, yet aesthetically intriguing objects.⁠ Buy
The Plant #16 2021

The Plant #16

Surprise Subscription #3
Depending on where you are in the world, you - like us - are probably just emerging from a gloomy winter time. Here in Berlin it’s particularly grim, but just this week we have felt the first rays of sunshine starting to peek through the clouds, bringing with it new green leaves, tiny flower buds: the first glimpses of spring. Instant happiness! What this tells us, and why we're telling you this, is that plants and nature have a tremendous emotional effect on us, even when we’re living the city life. More
56 Days in Arles - Francois Halard

56 Days in Arles

Francois Halard
Last spring during the first lockdown, François Halard took one Polaroid every day for 56 days at his home in Arles. But this is not another Covid-lockdown publication. Under Halard's lens, every object, every piece of furniture, every painting becomes a silent souvenir of time.⁠ ⁠ Halard is rarely not traveling; so this enforced confinement was, he says, an opportunity "to look at the light coming into the house, to look at books in my library, to have another way of looking at time". The eclectic house, full of Proust's Madeleines, evokes a sense of a life lived. The hazy, dreamlike quality of these images will immerse you in memories and imaginations, giving them an intimate and poetic dimension. While the whole world stands still, Halard's house in Arles seems to breathe time.⁠ Buy
Crayon Pinceau

Crayon Pinceau

Ronan Bouroullec
Best known for his furniture design practice side by side with his brother, not many know that Ronan Bouroullec is also a painter. His works on paper follow the idea of what he calls intuitive drawing. This technique allows him to develop new images and reach the subconscious layers of the mind. Experimenting with shapes and lines "Crayon Pinceau" is a pure black and white series, this time focusing on shades and fades instead of color. The harmony of shapes within a few simple lines is striking.Although abstract, these drawings give the impression of fabrics, folds and upholstery, showing us yet another way into the visual mind of a designer. Buy
Face to Face

Face to Face

Seiichi Furuya
This is a story about love beyond death. The photographer Seiichi Furuya met Christine Gössler, a student of art history, in Austria in 1978, and after just a few months they married. From day one, Furuya documented her and their bohemian life, travelling across Europe. After the birth of their son in 1981, she became increasingly involved in the world of theatre. As she was devoting herself to her acting lessons, she started to show signs of schizophrenia. Christine committed suicide in East Berlin in 1985. Even decades later she remains Furuya’s great subject. Revisiting his archives he created five books entitled Mémoires. But in 2018, when he again browsed through his archives, Furuya found something unexpected: in between were photographs of him taken by Christine. Often at about the same time that he had photographed her. The presentation of "Face to Face" is one of simple elegance. A photo of her on one side, a photo of him on the other. Sometimes the two pose in front of the same background, sometimes they are unclothed, sometimes they are in black and white, sometimes they are with other people. We see her, then we see him. Often the couple shows us two points of view on a single moment. But Christine's death looms over everything like a pending premonition. We search in her smiling face for clues. We see her change over the years. As a mother with her new born in her arms, she is extremely thin. Is she just tired, her body exhausted by the new tasks that parenthood brings with it or is she sick? Always in the same place but never in the same photograph, their insurmountable physical distance, separated through death, is palpable. Yet at the same time there is something comforting in the images. As if she were saying, "I see you, too." Buy
Mold #5 2021

Mold #5 Seeds

Surprise Subscription #2
In most cases, mold indicates the end of a journey – the bin. But what happens when you take it as the beginning of the story? When this is the starting point for manifold narratives yet to come? Fantasies you might never have thought of before?  More
Interview with Zak Kyes (Zak Group)

Interview with Zak Kyes (Zak Group)

Virgil Abloh. Nike
Coming soon from Taschen, ICONS showcases the historical collaboration between two iconic forces: (fashion) designer Virgil Abloh and Nike Inc.  Two big players who came together to reinvent ten iconic sneaker designs, from the Air Jordan 1 to Air Presto. ‚A minimum of two‘ seemed to be the magic formula when London-based Zak Group came on board to translate the sneaker-recontextualising, meta-cultural design project into book form. Since both Abloh and Zak Group are well-known for their trans-disciplinary, process-oriented work, they made the perfect match: not simply sneaker-heads, but perfectly positioned to transform consumer objects into cultural artifacts. We had a little chat with Zak Kyes about the making of the much-hyped, impossibly green volume. Pre-Order here! More
Leaked Recipes - The Cookbook

Leaked Recipes

The Cookbook
This cookbook is dishing up recipes from major data leak scandals. ⁠Our years with the internet have been marked by an exponential growing mass of data - and the scandalous leaks of some of that collected information. But while everyone scours with paranoia the overabundance of material in those leaks to find incriminating information - there must be something there, right?! It cannot only be chaos! - Demetria Glace has found actual cooking recipes in the data clutter.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Released just in time for hacking season, The Leaked Recipes Cookbook showcases over 50 recipes found in the biggest email leaks of the last 15 years, including the very best cookie and a "secret" barbecue sauce among many others.⁠⠀ Beginning in March 2016, Democrats started to receive emails from companies like Google asking them to click on the link to reset their passwords. Some of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign staffers did. And that is how we got the recipe for the Genovese Pie! Of course this is also how Pizzagate came to life and screwed with the head of some out of touch with reality people, but that you will find in another chapter: The Conspiracy Course.⁠⠀ Buy
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