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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.

Slanted Yearbook of Type #6

Slanted Yearbook of Type #6

2022/23
You know the scenario: You just want to find a fitting series or movie on your streaming platform—but you can’t find what you are looking for and keep doom-scrolling—until you turn off the computer. The same often happens when looking for the perfect typeface for your design. You know, the one that not only conveys the mood you are longing for, but also needs to fulfil all necessary requirements.⁠ ⁠ In a mess of countless open browser tabs, bookmarks, lists, and folders, the right typeface and foundry—characterized by smallest details—is hard to find. The Yearbook of Type is a collection of the latest published typefaces that helps you find the one—from a browse through the book, or quick look in the index that neatly sorts typefaces by class, designers, and foundries. Each font and font family is presented on a double page. On the left page, the font is applied; inspired by this year’s theme of film and drama. To the right, the typeface is described in detail.⁠ ⁠ The publication is rounded off by a series of essays, interviews, and tutorials on the subject of type design and contemporary typography. An indispensable book for any graphic designer.⁠ Buy
Solitary

Solitary

In South Korea, you can go to "prison" to relax. Sounds strange? Well, it is. You can get locked up in solitary confinement in a wellness centre designed like a prison. You lock out responsibilities, work, stress and emails and focus on your inner self. At least that's the concept. "The true prison is the world outside," says the founder of the jail-themed retreat.⁠ ⁠ For this weirdly fantastic book we want to present here, artist Tyler Coburn commissioned ten creatives to spend time in five square metres of solitude in this wellness centre - and write. They handed in their phones, exchanged their clothes for a uniform, took their rice porridge meals through a door slot and slept on the floor. ⁠ ⁠ During their time in this mock prison, they were guided in their writing by certain questions: How can the relaxation promised by Happitory be reconciled with the way solitary confinement works in real prisons? What kinds of thinking and writing are made possible by the restrictions - no books, no internet, only writing materials? How might the writing here relate to other texts produced in prison, such as those by Oscar Wilde, Antonio Gramsci, Kim Dae-jung, Shin Young-bok?⁠ ⁠ In its entirety, 'Solitary' is unique in that it is both a collection of texts and a collective artwork: an experiment in site-specific writing.⁠ Buy
Making Matters

Making Matters

The world today faces overwhelming environmental and social problems. To combat, change and overcome these challenges, collective action is necessary and inevitable. This has led to new forms of collective art and design practices: Artists collaborate with non-artists, make products for their local environment and take on multiple identities such as researcher, community activist, computer hacker or business consultant.⁠ ⁠ The book "Making Matters" by the fantastic publisher Onomatopee looks at art practices on all continents where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism are blurring or dissolving. ⁠ Buy
Epoch #1 2022 – Ritual

Epoch #1 2022 – Ritual

We find that magazines are either obsessed with the new or nostalgic for the past, but Epoch brings the two into conversation and shows how culture is connected to and can be repositioned through history.⁠ ⁠ The 400-page first issue is set somewhere between fiction, research and fantasy and explores a myriad of topics including archaeology, visual arts, science, anthropology, fashion, technology, music, architecture, psychology and language.⁠ ⁠ We are in love with Epoch and its transhistorical approach!⁠ Buy
Pierre Charpin – Avec le Dessin

Pierre Charpin – Avec le Dessin

Pierre Charpin's new monograph does not show the product designer's objects but covers 17 years of his drawings!⁠ ⁠ French furniture designer Pierre Charpin's new book titled Avec le dessin takes a deep dive into his expansive visual oeuvre, exploring the many styles and approaches that he takes when drawing.⁠ ⁠ By adopting various techniques and tools, he develops forms, investigates structures and discovers colours and their combinations. But his enchanting lines, loops, ribbons and shapes are much more than just a tool for creating a product. They have the power to stand for themselves, giving us an insight into the designers mind.⁠ ⁠ "Like any child, I drew. Drawing comes before writing. A sort of original gesture, a primitive impulse, an imperative need to project tangible figures of one’s own experience and presence in the world outside oneself, for oneself, and for others”, Charpin writes in the introduction. But even though he grew up in a family of creatives, he was slow to assert real passion for any particular field – including that of drawing. It was only many years later, after entering the world of furniture and object design, that he would discover that drawing was a practice within itself.⁠ ⁠ Ranging from figurative to abstract and beyond, Avec le Dessin is a testament to the designer's versatility - and his "primitive impulse" to draw. Buy
Mushrooms – Martin Nordin

Mushrooms – Martin Nordin

Over 70 Recipes That Celebrate Our Favorite Fungi
They are a key research object for decentralisation, a source for new medicine, sustainable materials can be produced from them and they can sustain critical ecosystems - so it's no wonder that fungi are on everyone's lips at the moment. But let's not forget that they also taste simply delicious!⁠ ⁠ They offer deep, rich umami flavours and a distinctive texture. And there are countless cooking techniques: boil, fry, oven roast, grill, bake, dry… In this book you will find recipes for everything from soups and broths to mushroom skewers, pizzas and mushroom sandwiches, often paired with scintillating spices or hints of sour, pickled or smoked flavours.⁠ ⁠ Mushrooms are the perfect ingredient, especially now when so many people are looking for alternatives to meat. Whether you’re an avid mushroom forager or would rather not risk picking your own, this cookbook is for you. In addition to dishes with the usual suspects, such as button mushrooms or portobello, Martin Nordin guides you through the large selection of different mushrooms available in nature and in shops, such as chanterelle, porcini, oyster, shiitake and enoki. ⁠ Buy
Utopia Ending – Gianluca Calise

Utopia Ending – Gianluca Calise

Utopia Ending is an impressive new addition to our architecture shelf.⁠ ⁠ The utopia in this case is the city of London while the ending was created by the change in the housing market over the years - from the post-World War II expansion based on social housing to today's finance-driven development of the city. The investigation through photographs and essays makes it clear: investment in social housing has been almost completely scrapped and the new buildings are financial assets for global investors rather than housing for Londoners. Buy
Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

The idea for Paradise Camp came to Yuki Kihara, an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Samoan descent, as she sat in front of three Gauguin paintings at the Met in New York. With a bit of luck, she was let into the museum before the official opening time, along with the security guards and cleaners. As she sat almost alone on an ottoman in front of these paintings in the museum, Kihara thought of Ngahuia Te Awekotuku's 1992 essay on Gauguin, in which Te Awekotuku asks whether Gauguin's famous paintings are "stories of mahu trickery" - mahu being the third gender in Tahiti.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Paul Gauguin's paintings of Tahitian women have often been criticised for their over-sexualised depictions. But Yuki Kihara, a fa'afafine - the third gender of Samoa - also saw a Western vision of exoticism and gender norms imposed on Pacific Islanders that was never her own. And so she decided to reclaim paradise.⁠⁠ Yuki Kihara is known for exploring the complexities of postcolonial history in the Pacific and challenging Western misinterpretations from the Fa'afafine perspective. Paradise Camp uses striking visual language to explore small island ecologies, queer rights, intersectionality and decolonisation, drawing attention to often untold, marginalised histories and issues facing Kihara's community.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠Paradise Camp is on show in the New Zealand Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale.⁠⁠ Buy
Rough Version

Rough Version

The NTS Interviews with Francesca Gavin, 2016-2021
This book brings together frank and sincere conversations about art and music from the first five years of the ongoing radio show Rough Version on the iconic online station NTS Radio.⁠ ⁠ Conceived and hosted by author and curator Francesca Gavin, the monthly show has captured the musical output and sonic inspirations of some of the biggest and most interesting emerging names in contemporary art. The music opens the door to each international artist's practice, providing insights into who they are, what motivates them and what they like to listen to.⁠ Buy
Macguffin #11 2022

Macguffin #11 2022

The Chain
MacGuffin Magazine has a pretty special concept: Each issue of MacGuffin takes a close look at one unassuming everyday object to reveal its hidden complexity and stories. Through scrupulous, illuminating research this magazine unearths historical delights, exposes unusual viewpoints and changes our perspective.⁠ ⁠ Born out of boredom with the design world, this design magazine by an editorial team of architects and art historians does not focus on the latest trends, iconic designs or an endless stream of new objects, but concentrates on the much wider story of what an object becomes when it enters our day-to-day life, and on what it reveals in turn about us. In this way, each issue becomes a fascinating and amusing gem of meticulous research and design enthusiasm.⁠ ⁠ The latest issue is about the chain - one of the most contradictory of objects. Worn with love since time immemorial, it is also the ultimate symbol of slavery and suffering. Linking together royals and rappers, cycling skirts and classic scarfs, caged wrestlers and medieval warriors, hyperlinks and haunted houses, Baltic protestors and Cuban revolutionaries...⁠ ⁠ ⁠Btw the word MacGuffin is not the name of a Scotsman, but comes from the film world, from Hitchcock himself to be precise. It describes an object that serves to trigger the plot in a film without being of any particular use itself. A typical MacGuffin is, for example, a bag with the loot from a bank robbery. It is of central relevance for the protagonists, but for the plot the bag is of secondary importance. The story revolves around the chase and the resulting dramatic situations. Similarly, for each issue of MacGuffin, the object is only the starting point from which we delve into human behaviour, culture, traditions and history, uncovering the personal and sometimes curious relationships we have with the things that surround us.⁠ Buy
The Image of Whiteness

The Image of Whiteness

Contemporary Photography and Racialization
From the beginnings of colonial photography in the 19th century to contemporary images of 'white saviours' on social media, photography continues to play an essential role in the maintenance of white sovereignty. As various scholars have shown, the technology of the camera is not innocent either, nor are the images it produces.⁠ ⁠ Thus, the invention and perpetuation of the "white race" is not only a political, social and legal phenomenon, but also a complex visual one. In a time of revived fascism, we must seek to re-locate the image of whiteness in order to better understand its nonsensical construction. What does whiteness look like, and how might we begin to trace an anti-racist history of artistic resistance that works against this image?⁠ ⁠ The Image of Whiteness presents the visual history of whiteness - its falsehoods, its paradoxes and its part in manifesting power. It also presents works by photographic artists who subvert and critique this image. Buy
Out of the Sun – Esi Edugyan

Out of the Sun – Esi Edugyan

Essays at the Crossroads of Race
Out of the Sun sheds light on the people and stories that have remained in the shadows - more specifically, the stories of Black people that history has not recorded.⁠ ⁠ Edugyan tackles in this book race and representation, memory and belonging, and sensitively explores what it means to be seen and who remains unseen. For change to happen, we must first acknowledge "the vastly unequal places from which we each speak, the ways some have been denied voices when others are so easily heard”, she writes.⁠ Buy