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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
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