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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.

Press & Fold #1 2019 - Luxury

Press & Fold #1

Since quite a while the fashion industry is facing a groundbreaking paradigm change. If there is a good thing about late capitalism, environmental pollution, shortage of resources, exploitative labour it would be that we, 'the happy consumer and devil producer', are forced to change our mindset radically – and with it our notion of luxury. Luxury nowadays is about time, quality and care. Caring for our planet, the next generations and ourselves. What a new generation of fashion designers has to contribute to change the rules of the fashion industry can be seen in the latest issue of Press & Fold. A fashion magazine which is deeply concerned about alternative fashion forms and narratives. In this issue the author of Dissolving the Ego of Fashion Danielle Bruggemann explains why it is so necessarily important to leave the Fashion's Ego behind, a self-maintaining desire machine producing nothing else than shallow promises, the JOIN Collective Clothes project gives a glimpse into their work to make and wear clothes together as well as you can find out how fashion and intellect goes together pretty well these days as magazines like 032c, Vestoj and Purple practicing this for years. Press & Fold is a carefully thought through paper delight, a fashionable beauty which hopefully will sustain for a long, long time. Buy
20 Seconds Magazine

20 Seconds #1

Music fanatics watch out for the latest addition to our sound and rhythm section. Aside of our almost classics when it comes to vinyl, electronic music and brand new releases such as Record, Zweikommasieben, Borshch and Wire - we've got another, already loveable, vibrant magazine diving into experimental music and art. 20 Seconds "is interested in bold art, fearless music and the real people behind it" says Canadian Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Melfi, who is based in Berlin and the driving force behind 20 Seconds. Writing for Vice Resident Advisor and Electronic Beats as well as magazines like Borshch and Mixmag, it seemed about time to start his own journey. The very first issue of the bi-annual print-only magazine features interviews with all-around talent TUTU, Toronto's still hidden synthesizer star Matt Thibideau as well as choreographer Katja Heitmann who is currently revolutionizing contemporary dance culture in Maastricht's Marres House. Plus: This issue includes tips to what you better never, sometimes and always should listen to. It has been said elsewhere that this magazine "will last a while, individually a lifetime. But definitely more than 20 Seconds". Well, we bloody hope so! Buy
Video / Art - The First Fifty Years

Video/ Art

The First Fifty Years
Since the introduction of portable consumer electronics nearly a half century ago, artists throughout the world have adapted their latest technologies to art-making. In this book, curator Barbara London, founder of MoMA's video program, traces the history of video art as it transformed into the broader field of media art - from analog to digital, small TV monitors to wall-scale projections, and clunky hardware to user-friendly software. By looking at the medium's first 50 years she reveals how video evolved from fringe status to be seen as one of the foremost art forms of today.⁠ Buy
Das Jahr 1990 Freilegen

Das Jahr 1990 freilegen

Jan Wenzel
They say history is written by winners, dusty and dry, while saying little or nothing about the everyday lives and futures of those who were affected by the events. "Das Jahr 1990 freilegen" published by one of our most beloved publishers, spector books, proves in grand manner how to do it differently. After the editor Jan Wenzel spent one year looking for any photo, video, interview, protocol, diary, letter, he could possibly find, dated back to 1990, he came to the conclusion: Why writing another book, when everything is already there? Given the size of the book: there is a lot to tell! This chronic is an enormous valuable testimony of a year which is characterised by disorientation, confusion and over-abundance by the wealth of 1989. While the latter is known pretty well when the impossible became possible: David Hasselhof comes to Berlin, makes a stopover at the Berlin Wall and offers his hit "Looking for Freedom" at its best – at least that's what The Hof thinks...The rest is history as well as the iron wall between West and East Germany. And yet, the after effects are still, even after 30 years, blurry and not rarely mythologized, surrounded by (n)ostalgic fog while turning into an imaginary border, a symbol of social and economic injustice. By giving rise to the plurality of tongues spanning from students, politicians and workers from East and West Germany – sewed together with texts written by Alexander Kluge, this book digs deeper into the events which mostly kept highly confidential. Even though we never actually know what the term coffee table book is supposed to mean - what we do know is that "Das Jahr 1990 freilegen“ belongs on every table – with or without coffee... Buy
Foam #55 2019 - Talent

Foam #55 2019

The doomsday prophets had also their fair share to say about photography. When digital photography moved into everybody's home and pockets, they predicted the expiration of photography as an art form. We exchange quality for mediocre quantity, so they said. But Foam shows us again, that the contrary is the case. The latest Talent issue proves that the band width of tools, result in more creative ways to express ourselves. And so Foam opens with the beautiful words: "A wide spectrum of themes, techniques and approaches that once again lets us say - yes, photography is very well alive and in very good health. As it is alive it is changing, evolving, creating ramifications and cross-pollinating. Most importantly, as the access to opportunity increases, the panorama becomes more and more fertile - and it‘s beautifully blossoming."⁠ Buy
Carcy #4 A/W 2019

Carcy #4

Lust at Large
Once in a while we come across a new magazine that makes us feel we do not hold one of the first issues but a classic in our hands. Carcy is one of them. Its beautiful large format photographs, the use of font, and lots and lots of white space make it seem timeless. But do not be fooled to associate classic with generic content and old views. Because the lustful fashion magazine Carcy portrays all genders, identities, and sexualities in order to sublimate and widen notions of beauty and sensuality - and by that is undressing societal norms.⁠ Buy
A Magazine curated by - Pierpaolo Piccioli

A Magazine curated by

Pierpaolo Piccioli
Pierpaolo Piccioli, the creative mind behind Valentino, decided when A Magazine Curated by asked him to create a whole magazine for them, to dedicate it entirely to Rome - his city of birth, the backdrop of his life, and endless source of inspiration. And so we find the latest issue of A Magazine Curated by filled with debaucherous dresses of feathers, silk, and sequins in tourist filled squares and in front of decaying walls, nuns on cellphones, grand architecture mutilated or adorned with street art, religious icons, and Roman beach life at Punta Borghese.⁠ Buy
Figures of Speech - Virgil Abloh

Figures of Speech

Virgil Abloh
"Figures of Speech" examines Virgil Abloh's creative work over the last twenty years. The book contains well-known, but also over 1,800 previously unknown images from Virgil's personal files and gives us insights into his creations in the fields of fashion, furniture, graphics, architecture and his collaboration with other creative people. In extensive essays, Abloh's work is examined through the lens of the African diaspora and the way he works in both high and subculture.⁠ ⁠ And if that's not enough for you, there is also a special edition. In typical Abloh sampling style, it's the book featured on the cover of this book. It comes with a cloth slipcase, “Personal Copy” silkscreened on the book’s fore edge, a measuring tape ribbon marker, and a flexi disc that includes a recording of Virgil Abloh discussing his inspirations, garnished with a Juergen Teller photo. ⁠ Buy
Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Tyrannus Optimus
Yes, we also got some 'How to' books for all the little Tyrants among us – and those who considering to become one...First step is building up a flawless media presence by knowing exactly how to look at things (best done by Kim Jong Il). Secondly, you should know your dictorial 'Pappenheimer' inside out! Whether you decode your predecessors' statues, know 'Handbook of Tyranny' by heart, become the greatest at 'War Games' or improve your special interest in 'How to Secure a Country', you'll certainly owe your pole position by having the slightest glue what Populism is all about. And in case, nothing is going according to plan, just 'Be more Vlad!' THAT'S NOT ENOUGH?????! Then this way...
Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Design and Architecture Lovers
There are plenty of ways to design a better future. So many, actually, that it took the elves behind do you read me?! a few night shifts to finally present you a collection which will let your christmas tree shine sustainably this year. ⁠Spanning from The Touch by Kinfolk and their friends from Norm Architects, Jeroen Junte's 'Do it Ourselves' spotlighting the latest verve in Dutch Design, the impressive compendium Atlas of Furniture Design by Vitra, the unlimited paperback edition of the marvelous work of Herzog & de Meuron, Magdalene Odundo's 'Journey of Things' as well as Materialisation in Art & Design (MAD) which gives a glimpse behind the scenes of a temporary master at Sandberg Instituut.⁠ ⁠ Oh, and did we mention the fantastic book 'Architektur für die Katz'? It will definitely change the seven lives of your cat for the better - or at the least the current one. ⁠ For more last minutes Christmas Gifts click here.
Tokyo Stories. A Japanese Cookbook - Tim Anderson

Tokyo Stories. A Japanese Cookbook

Tim Anderson
The Japanese masterstroke in almost everything is even more pleasurable when it comes to one of the most pleasurable things in life - food. And so we did not want to hide from you this true source of delight.⁠ Tokyo Stories is filled with pallet indulgences and even little life hacks such as how to keep Japanese rice soft in the fridge. All wrapped in colourful graphics and intriguing photographs of the Japanese cuisine, country and its people.⁠ Buy
The Art Lover's Guide to Japanese Museums

The Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums

This ultimate guide for Art Lovers and Museum Flâneurs is a hymn to the wonderful, weird, traditional, futuristic, and crafty museums of Japan. But as always in Japan, it is not only the exhibitions and collections that are intriguing but the museums themselves already worth the visit. From enchanting places to sensational architecture one could spend the whole trip just in museums - with the occasional stop for ramen, soba, and ⁠izakaya of course... Buy
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