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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.

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
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
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
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
Berlin Living Rooms

Berlin Living Rooms

Dominique Nabokov
Berlin Living Rooms concludes Dominique Nabokov’s living rooms photo series, which started in New York, then moved to Paris and finally settles in the German capital. Different people including writer and opera director Jenny Erpenbeck, director of the Berlin Biennale Dieter Kosslig, and former editor-in-chief of German Vogue Angelica Blechschmidt, have agreed to open their doors and share some of what is usually part of a safely private world. We note that some of these chambers are unmistakably tidy and minimal, others, -through the suggestive power of their decorative items- recall a different era; be it the DDR, or the Weimar Republic, they are guaranteed to take you into wide-ranging departments of aesthetic preferences. It goes without saying that this book doesn"t really pretend to disclose all sorts of adopted styles of the Berlin dwellers as much as it offers an eclectic view on the taste of a city. Buy
Radical Matter

Radical Matter

Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future
Radical Matter is an essential introduction for professionals and students to the latest cutting-edge design ideas which are on their way to shape not just the future of design, but the entire ‘design-make-consume’ chain. Unlike similar publications which would either focus on the materials themselves, their properties and potential use, or on the entrepreneurial initiatives to exploit them, this book is devoted to both aspects. It calls attention to ten ‘big ideas’ coping with materials including extreme waste material like shit and dust, through fully illustrated case studies and testimonies from global industry experts. Enticing and provocative at times, Radical Matter looks beyond the culture of material consumerism onto a future where design and ecology are integrated. Buy
Strategic Creativity Series

Strategic Creativity Series

The Design Academy Eindhoven produced three new volumes of the Strategic Creativity Series which looks into how design and creativity could contribute to solving social and economic challenges such as population aging and the disruption of traditional industrial models. It does so by merging the existing knowledge of the academy with design theories and the students’ research projects. Throughout the three volumes the notion of thinking-through-making is accentuated, whereas each volumes focuses on a specific question: 1. Immersive Narratives introduces a range of design perspectives on the role of Virtual Reality in transforming journalism. 2. Let’s Talk Water, investigates how to be ready in the advent of heavy rains, droughts and floods caused by climate change, and 3. Radical ecologies, proposes ways to cope in a society of increased risk. Buy
Space Magazine #7 2018

Space Magazine #7 2018

The biannual Space magazine which explores interior and cultural spaces, mixes articles and interviews with candid photography and displays of the occasionally extravagant concerns of living. Taking inspiration from the B-sides of records which sometimes include bonus tracks complementing an artist’s hit single, this seventh issue draws connections between the B-side and the quality of great artists for reinventing the known. It features a row of interviews with creatives including artist Dan Graham, glass designer Nina Nørgaard, model Iselin Steiro and architect Christoffer Harlang. Buy