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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.

Eaten #3 2018

Eaten #3 2018

Eaten is a new sensational magazine about the history of food, created and edited by food historian Emelyn Rude. In this first volume themed “the food of the gods”, Eaten launches an exploration into how certain eating habits and recipes have emerged from the divine. Featuring stories about the revival of a nearly lost tradition of beer-brewing by the Benedictine monks of St. Wandrille Abbey, some directions on how to make an ancient Roman honey cake, the rite of butter carving in Tibet, and, a selection of poems by Rumi on the beauty of fasting in ramadan.
Mold #3 2018

Mold #3 2018

Mold magazine is focused on helping create better environment friendly visions about how we produce and consume food. After the two first issues respectively dealing with the role of microbes in producing delicious food and how tableware design and furniture can create new rituals around the dining table, this third issue explores the many ways food waste can be reused as resource for the future, especially that we are currently wasting one third of the total amount of food we produce! Featuring articles on inspiring chefs behind a whole new dining movement, why food waste issues are so relevant for architects to tackle, ideas on the connection between soil design and fighting climate change, what the fridges of the future might look like, and, many more brilliant and inspiring stories.
The Gourmand #11 2018

The Gourmand #11 2018

A Food & Culture Journal
The 11th issue of Gourmand features 1920s model and photographer Lee Miller, a dinner with Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo and his wife, a photo & text presentation by Jeremy Chan and Adrian Samson about the special African ingredients bringing flavour to Ikoy’s restaurant in London. Additionally – you’ve also got a photography of the exuberant earthenware of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, a reportage on the life of people in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone and a conversation with Indian chef Gaggan Anand who’s planning to close his restaurant in Bangkok even though it’s ranked 5th in the world top 50 restaurants!
Design as an Attitute

Design as an Attitute

Alice Rawsthorn
Design As An Attitude explores the power of design in creating a better world. Inspired by the last few years intense economic, political and ecological vulnerabilities, New York Times and Frieze magazine columnist Alice Rawsthorn assembles narrative essays to chart the different aspects of contemporary design. From looking into Moholy Nagy’s motto “design is not a profession but an attitude” which he first introduced in his monumental book Vision in Motion (1947), to contemplating the differences between art and design, and the importance of diversity and “dirty architecture, fuzzy theory, and dirty design” in crafting design projects, Design As An Attitude is a real, compelling page-turner.
Goodbye World!

Goodbye World!

Looking at Art in the Digital Age - Omar Kholeif
The internet has changed the face of the world. It is no longer that peaceful looking, inactive floating orb which was captured by NASA’s Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972. Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age examines the various ways human society has changed to keep up with the fast pacing developments of technology since ARPAnet first laid the foundation for the internet in the 1960s. From a critical viewpoint, author and curator Omar Kholeif focuses on the last couple of decades to trace the incredible changes in how we see and relate to imagery, how our feelings and behaviours are adapting to technology in radical ways, and how our perception of our own selves and relation to the urban landscapes surrounding us is transforming.
Plan and Play

Plan and Play, Play and Plan

Defining Your Art Practice
What does it take for an emerging artist or designer or other sorts of creative independents to become who they are? What are the questions, traits, ambitions and restrictions that determine this? And how can they successfully guide their way through artistic practice? Janwillem Schrofer, director of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam addresses these questions in Plan and Play, Play and Plan, giving a very helpful assessment on how to make the right choices with the help of analytical models, to bridge one’s creative qualities and romantic visions with practical entrepreneurship. Plan and Play, Play and Plan is a recipe for making choices without being in conflict with your own nature and unique characteristics.
More than Real #2

More than Real #2

Art in the Digital Age - Daniel Birnbaum, Michelle Kuo
More than real, art in the digital world is released in occasion of the Verbier Art Summit 2018 (“an event grouping innovative thinkers in a beautiful, intimate -almost hidden- site for meaningful dialogues.”) Put together by Michelle Kuo, head of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Daniel Birnbaum, director of Moderna Museet, the book comprises a series of texts by acclaimed artists and theoriciens like Pamela Rosenkranz, Ed Atkins, Douglas Coupland and Olafur Eliasson. The texts take on a multidisciplinary approach to describe the encounters between the arts and new technologies, focusing on the impact of technology on artistic and curatorial practices, the potential threats that the former might impose on the field, and how, increasingly, the so called virtual reality is manipulating what “coming together” means.
Dictionary Dressings

Dictionary Dressings

Femke de Vries
By investigating the legitimacy of the current vocabulary used in the design and fashion industry, ABC Dictionary Dressings boldly contributes to how the design and fashion industry is being perceived, or for this matter, defined. In search of an alternative, more semantically relevant and innovatively up to date terminology, this volume uses archival images and fragments of texts, to testify to the limitations of the existing vocabulary which is normally used to represent factual and rational information about the characteristics and utility of the defined items, but is oblivious to the stylistic dimension of the designated items. Take the Dutch definition of a glove for example: “Handschoen: bekleding van de hand” (literally translating to "Glove: covering of the hand"). A hand, however, can be covered in a myriad of other ways.
Building Material #20

Building Material #20

Building Material 20 is the journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland, a unique peer-reviewed publication on the scholarship and practice of architecture in Ireland. Being the first edition to employ a process of double-blind peer reviewing for the submitted essays, the journal’s editorial board led by Michael K. Hayes, used this volume as an opportunity to reassess the publication’s overall intentions, its process and format of making and the possible directions it can lead in the future. From the physical matter used for building to the knowledge informing decision-making and the traditional means we rely upon to visualise architecture, this volume is centered around the ‘stuff’ of the architectural discipline.
Entkunstung I

Entkunstung I

Entkunstung is an independent journal with a bold reflective attitude on the contemporary art scene. It was launched online exactly one year ago, and since then four issues were published before being compiled into this book. With 34 contributions in English and German, it is more of an artists’ intellectual forum in the form of a yearbook. The first of the four issues puts “art” as a notion into perspective and brings up the non-self-evidentiality of the power of artworks. Art, cannot thrive in isolation from the work of the philosopher, the academic or the theoretician. The second issue ponders on the relevance of knowledge and intelligence to the aesthetics of an art creation. The third issue basically tries to figure the extent to which artists should stay engaged in political matters pertinent to human rights and climate change. Whereas the last issue digs even deeper and explores the different meanings of power through analysis of everyday “power-ful” moments.
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.
Making Sense

Making Sense

10 Years of Research in Art and Design at ECAL
On the occasion of ten years since moving its premises to Renens, Switzerland and since the creation of EPFL+ECAL Lab Institution to foster innovation in technology, design and architecture, the University of Art and Design Lausanne releases Making Sense – 10 years of Research in Art and Design. Essentially educational, this bilingual book is a designer-researcher digest that provides condensed, clearly presented information about the projects (in visual arts, cinema, graphic design/typography...etc) which were developed in the university’s programmes during these years. This includes a detailed listing of these projects, their leaders, collaborators, affiliated lecturers, sponsors, goals, methodologies, results and published material, in addition to two conversations on design research with designers Skylar Tibbits and David Reinfurt.
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