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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.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The Collector
Want to gift someone with something precious? Since diamonds apparently have blood on them we can suggest you these collectible and rare books as Wolfgang Tillmanns 'Soldiers' or Melanie Bonajo's 'I have a Room with Everything'. Of course your loved one might not be able to wear them on the finger, but in the case of Talisman - a scrapbook filled with artist made temporary tattoos - it's still possible to wear them out.⁠ Ho ho ho – this way for more of to the Holiday Gift Guide...
Bad Luck

Bad Luck, Hot Rocks

In the Painted Desert (Yes, that is its actual name!) there are beautiful pieces of petrified wood laying around. And even though they are under protection and shall not be removed by anyone, a lot of visitors can not resist the urge to take one home as souvenir.⁠ But over a thousand people sent their dishonestly obtained trophies back, together with remorseful letters. They tell stories of misfortune, illness, troubles, and even death, that the sender connect directly to their stolen petrified wood. For many, their hope is that by returning these rocks, karma will be restored and good fortune will return to their lives. Unfortunately they can not be put back into the park as wished by many, since this would spoil sights for future research. And so they are put next to a gravel road in one big "conscious pile".⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Bad Luck, Hot Rocks prints a selection of the most intriguing letters of apology accompanied by photographs of pieces from the conscious pile. Buy
Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Kids
The greatest gift of all is spending time with your loved ones. And frankly, what is more rememberable than you tucked in your blanket while your parents are sitting next to your bed and reading to you? Exactly! Saying this, we chose some lovely books for the smallest among us. Whether it is 'Fünf fabelhafte Fabeltiere' from the legendary illustrator Tomi Ungerer, the story of our lives told on 100 pages in 'Hundred', inspiring stories of brave women and men who followed their own way as Ella Fitzgerald from the Little People, Big Dreams collection, the 'Karussell der Tiere' pop-up book or the all time favourite Peter Pan? Right then, may the 'Wilde Weihnacht' come! Find more of our Holiday Gift Guide here.
The Museum Is Not Enough

The Museum is Not Enough

"When I was first starting out, I decided to call myself a center.", recalls the Canadian Centre for Architecture. "At the time the choice was clear, but it's only now that I've fully realized what it means not to be a museum. I really think that in our world being a museum is not enough."⁠ ⁠ The bold statement oscillates in the room for a moment until CCA continues: "What I am for is questioning what is going on around me - and uncovering alternatives. I try to act as a frame for making sense of, anticipating, and projecting on the world. I do this by focusing on architecture. (...) Architecture is a way of reading and redefining the present, the society in which we're living and working. But if I want to read the world through architecture, I have to decide what I am looking for."⁠ For the first issue CCA decided on the significance of the archive as a site for the production of new ideas, display strategies in architecture exhibitions, the need for mediation in art, and the impact of the digital in current museum practices.⁠ Buy
Hong Kong Barricades - Lele Saveri

Hong Kong Barricades

Lele Saveri
In October 2014, Lele Saveri was invited to spend a month teaching in China. On his way to take up the post, he made a stop in Hong Kong, where just a few days earlier, one of the first in a series of civil movements had erupted - movements that rocked the status quo in Hong Kong and brought relations between Hong Kong and Beijing into international focus. Saveri spent the whole of his time in Hong Kong documenting this pivotal moment, now known as the Umbrella Revolution. He walked the streets day and night, talking to protestors and taking picture after picture. Collected here are his photographs: of protestors - in masks and helmets, superhero costumes or t-shirts emblazoned with ‚God Save The Queen‘ - of the weird misshapen barricades that began to take over the city’s infrastructure, of tourists and citizens just going about their daily business. Presented alongside a short essay by Hong Kong activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Joshua Wong, this slim volume of striking photographs provides an essential, sometimes disturbing, sometimes alienating document of the beginnings of one of the most important protest movements in modern history - a document made only more powerful in hindsight, as the Hong Kong protests have continued, in the face of ever more brutal retaliation, to demand essential reform of their democratic and human rights. ⁠ Buy
Social Design Cookbook - Attila Bujdoso

Social Design Book

Attila Bujdoso
When Antti Tuomola wanted to open a restaurant in Helsinki back in 2011, he found himself caught up in bureaucracy that did not leave any space for innovation. So he gathered some friends to find a solution to enrich Helsinki's culinary scene without the troubles to open a permanent restaurant and may it be just for one day. As a result 40 people turned their private homes into temporary restaurants for "Restaurant Day", inviting strangers into their kitchen. By 2016 "Restaurant Day" turned into a worldwide cultural event.⁠ But this book is not about "Restaurant Day". "Restaurant Day" is solely exemplary for most of the 18 social design practices and tools explained in this book such as bottom-up, social-city, and smart-citizens. And like in any good cookbook author Attila Bujdoso does not only explain the ingredients and seeks to inspire you, but also gives you the recipes on hand to successfully create your own social projects.⁠ Buy
Kim Jong Il Looking at Things - João Rocha

Kim Jong Il

Looking at things
Like any model dictator also notorious Kim Jong Il sought to orchestrate his own figure in the media. But since he did not really seem to like words or maybe the sound of his own voice, who knows, he was less than rarely seen giving speeches. Instead he staged himself as the observer of his county. If you now think that this means him looking at great scientific achievements or military gear, you are far from it. Not that he did not also do that but he seemed to "go and visit" everything that there is to see in his country.⁠ A feared dictator with a hardly changing facial expression, wearing blindingly dark sunglasses, and followed by an entourage of bodyguards and officers while he is looking at random things is unwillingly comical, in combination with caption such as "Kim Jong Il looking at a radish", "Kim Jong Il looking at a dvd labeling machine", "Kim Jong Il looking at women bras" it makes us laugh with tears. So for today we will probably do nothing else than looking at Kim Jong Il looking at things. Buy
Almost 30 #2 2019 - The Value Issue

Almost 30 #2

"Your 20’s were mellow times with vague ideas for later when you’re older, and nothing seemed to worry you. Till the day the big 30 appeared at the horizon and scared the crap out of you."⁠ When you are almost thirty, you start wondering. Shouldn't I feel more grown up? Because once I hit thirty I must be grown up, right? Thirty sounds like having a career, inviting friends for dinner rather than going clubbing, planing children, knowing how to do taxes... But then you are almost thirty and you still feel far away from all of this. ⁠ Almost 30 is a mindset magazine that combines German and English texts about togetherness, dating, loneliness, and personal development - all the topics that really matter when you are almost thirty, because let's face it nobody really knows what that actually means – grown-up. So let's stop worrying about it.⁠ Buy
Bastard Cookbook - Rirkrit Tiravanija

Bastard Cookbook

The Odious Smell of Truth
Antto Melasniemi and Rirkrit Tiravanija do not just have both unusual names but are both artists working with food. So do not mistake this book, the Bastard Cookbook, with an ordinary cookbook. Even though it is full of recipes, photographs of food and chapters carrying unspectacular names like "soup" or "salads", it is far more than a mere collection of dishes. The two food artist challenge our obsession of authenticity and mix up tastes, traditional dishes, and recipes into food "bastards". You can turn your oh-so-familiar family recipes of meatballs with a little bit of curry paste into something very unfamiliar. But if we are honest about globalisation and peoples lives that are not limited to one place and one country anymore, we must agree that the proposed bastards are probably the new reality mix. Instead of being scared that traditional tastes would be lost, we should embrace these "bastards" as an addition, as a more. The future of cooking is definitely eclectic.⁠ Buy
Festac '77: The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture

FESTAC ’77

The 2nd World Festival of Black Arts and Culture
'Colour has indeed always been a question of taste, not a question of judgement! [...] But it is not colour that makes history, it is the People, through their consciousness and their ability to master time and space.' Ahmed Sékou Toure, the first president of Guinea, knew exactly why FESTAC was of such importance for his people. People who society told not to be proud of their heritage and identity. After the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture got postponed twice - once because of the ongoing civil war in Nigeria, the next because the urban facilities for the festival were still under construction. In 1977 FESTAC, the largest pan-African cultural event, finally took place - and went down in history. Over the course of one month, more than 17,000 people from Africa as well as those living in the diaspora came to Lagos, united by only one desire: to celebrate with pride and dignity their arts and culture. Among the artists were legendary musicians Stevie Wonder, Sun Ra, Miriam Makeba and Gilberto Gil, to name just a few. Together with Afterall Books, Chimurenga has succeeded in composing, arranging and reproducing a huge accumulation of archival material in just one (not small) book, ranging from newspaper articles, manuscripts, speeches, unseen photographs, floor plans - everything at all which can be associated with FESTAC '77. This eclectic hotchpotch is not only a significant contemporary witness of Black Arts and Culture at the time but also a witness of our present time - the fact that even forty years later, we are still facing a world in which, sadly, the colour of our skin is misused as an indicator of who we might are. Buy
Karel Martens Re-Printed Matter (4th Edition)

Karel Martens Re-Printed Matter

"Form is the condition through which a common life becomes possible: through which a relationship between people comes about. Design determines the quality of our common life." Hardly anyone experiments more passionately and playfully with the relation of forms as Karel Martens himself has - for over half a century to date. For the Dutch graphic Designer Martens, working with grids, geometrical shapes and colours was at no time a mere accessory, a final appealing touch under the spell of advertising. Studying fine arts in Arnhem, at a time, when graphic design was not even considered as a career path worth following, Karel was fully drawn into the material (paper) world. 'Karel Martens Re-Printed Matter' pays tribute to Martens' mathematical, kinetic approach when it comes to setting the grid, arranging the types, designing books and posters, or the Dutch architectural magazine OASE. Buy
We are the Weather  - Jonathan Safran Foer

We are the Weather

Jonathan Safran Foer
"Saving the planet begins at breakfast" states the subtitle of "We are the Weather", the latest book of Jonathan Safran Foer. And while we chew on our Sunday brunch, we might initially take a defensive state - Really? Now Foer tells us that even our most favorite Sunday habit is a threat to life? - But stay calm, this book is not about food and eating habits. On the other hand it is also not meant to calm you. So we take that back.⁠ In the first part of the book, titled "The Unbelievable", Foer tells shortly historical turning points and personal stories, which all lead to the suspicion that the human mind is unable to emotionally engage with something that is terrifying by the facts but invisible in every day life and therefor not shaking our emotions. Like the climate crisis. "Our alarm systems are not built for conceptual threats." Which seems one of the reasons why we know about climate change and the threat it is to human life but are unable to take actions. And even though Foer just concluded that we are somehow immune to the devastating facts, he presents us with them nonetheless - through bullet-point lists. Arranged in small size bites and still far from being easily digestible.⁠ ⁠But instead of now presenting us with tools or action plans, what one might expect, to overcome our paralysis, we will read impressions and anecdotes of what means "Home" followed by a inner monologue titled "Dispute with the soul". And latest now it dawns us. What the hard facts are unable to do, Foer is trying (and succeeds at) - he emotionally shake us.⁠ ⁠ May that be the wake up call we all needed to finally take the steps necessary to safe our biotope, our home.⁠ Buy
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