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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.

Design by Accident

Design by Accident. For a New History of Design

⁣Alexandra Midal
Design curators, -critics, and -academics often cry over themselves and lament that design has not managed to establish an independent field like architecture or art. Of course everybody sees design as essential nowadays, but its vague characteristics make it difficult to place. Meandering between functional, artistic, engineering, styling, problem solving, experimentation, research, trend, and expression it is neither art nor science. It is heavily abused by marketing but it is far from being just styling.⁠⁣ ⁣Alexandra Midal wants to set things straight by shaping a history for this young discipline, that was thought by some to be just a fade in architecture. She links and compares theories, manifestoes, and essays to gather a critical study that hopefully will lead to clarification and a long needed emancipation of design.⁠⁣ Buy
Dirty Hands - Atelier van Lieshout

Dirty Hands

Atelier van Lieshout
Since 1995 the group around sculptor Joep van Lieshout is famously known for transforming abstract concepts into the material world. The outcome this time is a book about their own working methods. Let’s say, they hit the nail on the head! Holding Dirty Hands for the first time in your hands, you cannot but sense its physical dimensions. This compact, unpretentious pictorial manual gives hitherto unseen perspectives into the rough and multidisciplinary world of the Dutch artist collective behind Studio Atelier Van Lieshout. Not only it is a story about faith in human strength, the transformative power of bare hands, combined with raw materials, but also, as the words written on the back of the book already set the pace, ‘Mess foam knife foam stick saw paper hammer grinder welder grinder…’ Dirty Hands is a story about endlessly intervening within the given, advocating a work which will always be in progress. Buy
Nature: Collaborations in Design - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

Nature: Collaborations in Design

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Designers always have used natural materials, thinking of wood, stones, clay. With mass production, however, mass exploitation and destruction became an indispensable part of the design world. ‘Nature: Collaborations in Design’, the catalogue of the sixth Cooper Hewitt Design Triennal, mirrors the profound awareness of designers, that it is time to change the paradigm. In seven chapters - Understand, Simulate, Salvage, Facilitate, Augment, Remediate, and Nurture - designers collaborate with specialists stirred by the desire for a more holistic approach and regenerative future. Together with biologists, engineers, agriculturists, and environmentalists the contributors rethink design processes and anticipate future challenges. They let algae cultivate pre-shaped materials, rain create pattern structures, or salt crystals grow whole stools. And by that undergo the ultimate collaboration - the one with nature itself. Buy
Typecasting

Typecasting

Furniture and the objects we surround ourselves with have always had a representational function. They represent status and taste, but also a mindset and personality and, in a way, that gives them that same personality. The exhibition Typecasting, curated by Robert Stadler with pieces from the extensive Vitra archives, plays with that thought and arranges the pieces by characters, such as spartans, dreamers, and compulsive organizers. The transhistorical, non-hierarchical presentation allows to draw connections, that go beyond timeline and iconography. But the real twist is the simultaneous real-time video footage of the exhibition on big screens, hanging over the theatrical stage, which equalizes the object and its digital depiction. Typecasting proposes that in a time when the depiction of our social-media-self becomes more important than the representation of our real-life-self also the digital images of objects become more important than the object itself. To constitute a status or mindset you only have to add a certain piece of furniture to your feed. Design became a mere prop for self-presentation on the internet. The newly published catalogue of the same name documents the exhibition and continues the questions of authorship, representation, identification and social function of design in times of social media. Buy
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
Apartamento Cookbook Launch and Signing

Apartamento Cookbook Launch and Signing

Friday, November 9, at 7 pm
Apartamento Magazine and do you read me?!, together with German artist Stefan Marx, warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the release of Apartamento’s latest cookbook on Friday, November 9, at 7 pm. Since 2016, Apartamento has invited the world’s best chefs, food lovers, and culinary taste makers to contribute to a series of annual cookbooks. Each edition is based around a specific theme, and this year the book provides a fresh take on a global staple: the humble grain of rice. Stefan Marx has accompanied each of the 16 recipes with his weirdly adorable drawings. Come around, hang out and grab your signed copy by artist Stefan Marx. Apartamento will be donating 20% of all profits made from sales of the book to a local charity in Barcelona, so the evening will also be in support of a good cause. We look forward to seeing you there! Buy
Macguffin #6 2018

MacGuffin #6

The Ball
Rolling, shiny and bubbly, the ball has a ubiquitous presence almost wherever you look. It’s frequently the dream object of the architect and the passion of millions of sport games fans around the world. It represents the earth on which we live and bore a mythical quality in the times of the ancient Greeks. “A sphere at all times, is equal only to itself; it is the perfect symbol of equality.” Said architect Boullé in the 18th century. In four main sections, this sixth issue of MacGuffin explores the balls that roll around the world, those that shine in the halls of disco, and those that come disguised as domes, spheres, balloons, orbs and fizzy bubbles. Buy
Super Design

Super Design

Italian Radical Design 1965-75
It was the moment ‘design wanted to change the world’. The Radical Design movement rose from the students’ utter rejection of the tediously conventional design and architectural activity of the time, and the blazing desire to influence politics and society. This book revives the legacy of its key players like Lapo Binazzi, Pietro Derossi, Gianni Pettena and Alessandro Poli, and reintroduces the works of its pioneering studios such as UFO, Gruppo Strum, Archizoom, Studio65 and Superstudio. It shows the impact the movement had on other groups like Alchimia and Memphis and on postmodernist design. Inasmuch as the movement’s passions were politically and socially motivated, little of the original design ideas were developed with the consumer in mind, instead, they meant to be more of a provocative statement to spark change of reality. Buy
Pin-Up #24 S/S 2018

Pin-Up #24 S/S 2018

PIN-UP is a unique biannual publication which specialises in architectural entertainment topics. This Spring Summer issue is themed around mental health, it includes 24 pages dedicated to mental furniture, and a variety of exciting entries about designing sex video games, the use of architecture as art and the imagining of urban desires. In the interview section we meet some brilliant architects and designers like the perseverant Amanda Levete, the erudite Frida Escobedo and the self-taught William Scott. Also featured is a beautiful photo-reportage from the Spanish Island of Lanzarote which is inspired by Michel Houellebecq’s novel of the same name. Buy
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! Buy
The Politics of Design

The Politics of Design

Ruben Pater
Typography, colour preferences, photography, symbols and information graphics are essentially the products of specific political and social contexts. And that’s what the Politics of Design examines. In other words, it"s about the different cultural fabrics of human interaction which produce the ideas, shapes and colors of design activities. By showing how design is attached to politics and societies of different world regions, the book aptly demonstrates why we grow to be culturally biased, and occasionally fail to communicate with each other despite our belief in the universality of our aesthetics. Organised according to the formal elements of graphic design: language and typography, colour and contrast, image and photography, symbols and icons, and information graphics, it"s is an ideal manual for the enthusiast of visual culture. Buy
Beyond the New

Beyond the New

On the Agency of Things - Hella Jongerius, Louise Schouwenberg
This fruitful collaboration between theorist Louise Schouwenberg and designer Hella Jongerius follows an invitation by Die Neue Sammlung in Munich for the set up of an exhibition reflecting the museum’s rich, and world’s oldest archive of design. This book which accompanies the exhibition explores the underworld of the museum, pointing at the variety of meanings underlying the words “object” and “thing”. It also examines the relationships between “the new” which reflects the market’s obsessions with novelty for the sake of novelty and between “true innovations.” In striking high quality images, crisp colours and a round of hypothetical conversations and critical comments, Beyond the New ponders on the profound influences the things in our surroundings have on the quality of our lives and on shaping our very identity. Buy
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