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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 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.

Rethinking Design - Renny Ramakers

Rethinking Design – Renny Ramakers

When in 1993 a tiny gallery space opened its doors, aloof from the main stages of Milan’s design fair Salone del Mobile, no one could sense that the rules of design were just turned upside down. The objects exhibited by a group of young design students were anything but what one expected: a bookcase made out of packing paper, a chair made of rags piled up and draped together, a bar stool made of two tables placed on top of each other - to name but a few of the obscure pieces, which were presented as design artifacts. The wire-puller behind the scenes, the dutch art-historian Renny Ramakers and designer Gijs Bakker should shake up the field of design with their radical approach. In other words: together with Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders, Piet Hein Eek, Tejo Remy, Jurgen Bey, Richard Hutten and others DROOG (dutch for „dry“) was born. Nearly 25 years later Renny Ramakers’ conceptual approach is still in demand when it comes to innovative, future-orientated design - whether as curator, writer or designer. The monograph Renny Ramakers - Rethinking Design gives a many-sided picture of a versatile woman, driven by intuition and her associative mind. “Things are never what they seem and never seem what they are“, art-historian Wim Pijbes describes Ramakers' timeless objects and the irresistible pull of the spirit-guided designer. What follows is a carefully made portrait, notes, interviews, insights, and pictures just as playful, humorous, and adventurous as Renny Ramakers design itself. Oh, and when Ramakers says “Some things do not necessarily have to stand in every home“ - this book certainly has. Buy
And the Goldene Bären goes to…

And the Goldene Bären goes to…

The ultimate cinéaste collection for the Berlinale 2019
We have excellent news for all cinéastes among us. There is one more reason to indulge yourself in the 'stuff that dreams are made of' - the shining world of movies. While the Berlinale Film Festival is right around the corner, we are delighted to have 'rounded up the usual suspects' for you, cherishing our favourite magazines and books about cinema, film criticism and screenwriting. Our cinéaste collection will give you an ultimate close-up upon a great amount of printed matter dedicated to the cinematic realm. Do you fancy some evergreens? Check out the latest Cahiers du cinéma, Sound & Vision or even a collection of carefully selected reviews by film critic A.S. Hamrah. We can guarantee that no eye remains dry while sticking to his witty and astute writing style. Do you like to have things in order? Well, then we can recommend you an independent magazine named Shelf Heroes. One issue - one letter which leads you through cinema. Currently it’s ‚H‘ as Handmaiden, Harry Potter or Spike Jonze’s Her. You are falling for animation? Why not explore the history of phantasmagoria in Marimo’s Issue #2. So 'Why don't you come up sometime and see me?' as Mae West puts it, you will find us in technicolor and 3D. More
The earth dies streaming

The Earth dies streaming

A.S. Hamrah
When one of the last of his kind, the film critic and cinephile A.S. Hamrah ponders about the contemporary condition of his profession it’s both, touching and frightening. Hamrah surprises in The Earth dies Streaming with his sublime foresight. By describing the historical transformation of film criticism from his personal experience, readers cannot help but nod their heads over and over again. In times in which criticism is no longer directed against the mass media, but in which the masses diligently criticise - better: comment - through every available media channel, Hamrah sees the art of film criticism doomed to failure. And yet, what remains is a slightly shameful feeling of witnessing a last rebellion of a living fossil that turns its last lap of honour. Rightly so! Because what follows is a collection of film reviews he wrote for n+1 between 2002 and 2018. His astute, witty and polemical film reviews paired with a sharp tongue not only bring a tremendous reading pleasure but also shows what we will miss when the art of film criticism becomes a relic of bygone times. Buy
Bi-Scriptual - Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems

Bi-Scriptual – Typography and Graphic Design with Multiple Script Systems

Bi-Scriptual celebrates the growing interest in the field of multiscript design. Eight scripts are selected for this purpose based on the number of people who use them around the world and on historical and political factors. The scripts are Arabic, Chinese (Hansi), Cyrillic, Devanagari, Korean (Hangul), Hebrew, Greek and Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana). Using hundreds of illustrations and prototypes by numerous designers and studios, and featuring lengthy texts by international experts, Bi-Scriptual reveals the charms of working simultaneously with two writing systems, which we occasionally come across in city posters, signage, lettering and type design. Being particularly sensitive to the the world’s socio-cultural diversities makes this volume one of a kind in the realms of typography. Buy
Booksigning with Walter Pfeiffer

Booksigning with Walter Pfeiffer

Thursday, October 18th, 7pm at Auguststrasse 28
Celebrate with us the latest book of world-renowned photographer Walter Pfeiffer on Thursday, October 18th at 7pm at our store on Auguststrasse. »Bildrausch - Drawings 1966–2018« is the overdue overview of his vivid graphic work, published by Edition Patrick Frey. Walter will be present to sign some copies. PS: If you will be prevented for any reason, you can pre-order a signed copy. Buy
43-35 10th Street

43-35 10th Street

Daniel Shea
43-35 10th Street is the latest publication by Swiss indie publisher Kodoji Press. The title refers to the artist Daniel Shea’s studio and home address in Long Island City. From and beyond this address, and using 399 colour and 27 black and white plates, Shea crafts an elegant narrative about politics, class dynamics and the actual beneficiaries from the ongoing urban changes. Expansive construction projects and the flux of new jobs they generate are also the scene for political tension workers and unions disputes and more visible economic inequalities. The photographs reveal these tensions, and establish Shea’s strong focus on composition, colour, shape and line, detailing construction sites through close ups of bricks, windows, pipes and different sorts of building surfaces. Buy
The final companion to books from the Simpsons

A final companion to books from the Simpsons

Olivier Lebrun
Whether it is a representation of a Homeric moment, a snapshot of the hellish ten-year-old troublemaker Bart or a solemn intellectual disposition featuring Lisa, “A Final Companion To Books From The Simpsons” is a new volume about the books which appeared in The Simpsons. Assembled by French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun and published by Yellow Press, this final collection is displayed in faint yellow and shades of grey screenshot photos of book references that exist within the Simpsons universe, whether taken from real life or invented to suit the plot of the episode. From ‘Flander’s Bible” and “Fear of Flying”, to “Crazy Things Old Ladies Say” and “The Big Book of British Smiles”, to “Ein + 1 = 0”, “From Loser to User” to “Things Fall Apart” an anthology of 339 titles which appeared throughout the years in the legendary tv series. Buy
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. Buy
Design as an Attitute

Design as an Attitute

Alice Rawsthorn
Design As An Attitude explores the power of design in creating a better world. Inspired by the last few years intense economic, political and ecological vulnerabilities, New York Times and Frieze magazine columnist Alice Rawsthorn assembles narrative essays to chart the different aspects of contemporary design. From looking into Moholy Nagy’s motto “design is not a profession but an attitude” which he first introduced in his monumental book Vision in Motion (1947), to contemplating the differences between art and design, and the importance of diversity and “dirty architecture, fuzzy theory, and dirty design” in crafting design projects, Design As An Attitude is a real, compelling page-turner. Buy
Hello World

Hello World

Revising a Collection - Udo Kittelmann
Five Museums in Berlin are represented by the Nationalgalerie, an institution dating back to 1861: The Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the Museum Berggruen, the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg and the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart. The collected artworks in these museums are currently under scrutiny in an exhibition (April 28–August 26, 2018) at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum on account of its Eurocentric Western focus. Through thirteen extensively researched chapters this colossal volume imagines how would the collection look like if it were gathered today, with more openness and with an appreciation for complexity and diversity in the arts. This contributes to the discussion about the future of the Nationalgalerie, and invites to take a fresh look on the significance of arts beyond Europe. Buy
The Long 1980s

The Long 1980s

Constellations of Art, Politics and Identities
The 1980s, a decade of decadence, innovation and social movements, the repercussions of which are still felt today. In the UK and the USA, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan respectively buckled down on redrafting neo-liberal economic policies, while the Soviet Union was brewing its own demise toward the fall of the Berlin wall. New prospects of political activism opened with the rise of feminism, environmentalism, queer and postcolonial politics. This book focuses on case studies portraying various stories, facsimiles, and images from various spheres of the 80s cultural mark. Some of the texts are translated to English for the first time. They talk about squatting, Black filmmaking, the rights movements, the radical democrats in Turkey, petitions, feminism in Spain, the birth of the gay scene in Slovenia, and, thoughts on how being called a lunatic should be seen as a compliment. Buy
No Two Alike

No Two Alike

Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguiere, Thomas Ruff
Not Two Alike reintroduces a precious collection of a 1929 exhibition of cut-paper abstractions and exposures by American photographer Francis Bruguière (1879—1945) and plant photographs by German sculpture Karl Blossfeldt (1865—1932), which was held at the Warren Gallery in London to celebrate the launch of their two books Art Forms in Nature and Beyond This Point. The collection is complemented with photograms and negatives by contemporary artist Thomas Ruff. The current publication is released for the upcoming exhibition Not Two Alike (21 Sep 2018-13 Jan 2019) taking place at this year’s Cincinnati"s FotoFocus Biennial, the largest gathering of its kind in America. The book is delicately designed, comprising two folders flaunting sepia-toned photographs to give the viewer a sense that each image is not simply reproduced but really lived in. Buy
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