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When Swiss-Dutch landscape architect Anouk Vogel got invited to take part of the Architecture Monogram series she decided to do this – yet, not without her alter ego. Vogel is used to hear both sides of the story, when she starts to think about new projects – sometimes solely within her head, sometimes as soft whisper, while one adopts the analytical tasks, the other one stays intuitive. How this on-going dialogue ‘sounds’ like can be seen and ‘listened to’ in this thoughtfully composed artist book. Thereby her inner Q&A never stands alone. Architectural designs, photographs, and material collections accompany her thoughts and probably represents best, what both sides of her brain hemispheres certainly can agree on: “I wish design could be simply the possibility of something.” - “Rather than an end product?” - “Yes”. Buy...

Film Idea: Clip Clop⁠ A tap dancer on his cigarette break witnesses a murder, now he must go on the noisiest run for his life.⁠ ⁠ Film Idea: Pants Day A man is committed to spend the day in his pants even though the lion has escaped from the zoo and a killer is on the loose.⁠ ⁠ After getting a retweet from American comedian Rob Delaney regarding a fart joke (something Rob Delaney may well not remember) Babak Ganjei woke up to find a number of film producers from Los Angeles following him. Sensing an opportunity somewhere, anywhere, over the next five years Babak used Twitter to pitch film ideas, sadly to no avail. So unfortunately you won't find any of the many script ideas at the recent Berlinale. But maybe these absurd and comical streams of consciousness are not meant for the silver screen. Maybe they unfold their full power, their random creativity, their hopeless search for the big breakthrough, their uncovering of the workings of the movie business best in a notebook format.⁠ Curious what other brilliant minds have published their work within the Rough Trade Edition? Well, click here. Buy...

Oh girls and boys, we just can't get enough of this guy! The one and only – Stefan Marx – is coming back again. This time he will happily sign his latest book 'Berlin Drawings' for us. It is no secret that Stefan Marx finally moved to Berlin about one and a half years ago and luckily, scribbled down his experience of the capital's hurly-burly and its charismatic inhabitants. Charming as ever, this little book in pink is for Stefan Marx lovers (as we are), Berlin lovers, and for everybody who planned to do her or his Christmas shopping before the 23rd this year! When? 5pm, Saturday, 23rd of November! Where? Right here in our little shop! What to bring? Frankly, just yourself – and maybe some friends!...

How much square meters does one need to open a gallery? For curator and visual artist, Eric Emery, 20 m² were exactly about right. 'About a Square. Ten Years of site-specific exhibitions at zqm' visualizes the transformative journey of a tiny exhibition space in Berlin named 'zqm'. The acronym - meaning twenty square meters - stands for a dimensional pre-condition which was taken, from the very first exhibition by Leo 'Kicking Over an Andy Goldworthy Sculpture'  - and ever since - as a possibility rather than a limitation. Graphic designer Julie Joliat got invited to continue the tradition of young artists to curatorial create something out of a white blank. Her Carte Blanche turned out to be an artwork itself. With page numbers dancing out of the line, wildly composed visual references, a long interview between Ascanio Cecco and Eric Emery, this book is an experimental laboratory, to which luckily, none of the standard norms of an exhibition catalogue can be applied. Nor does it foster conventional ways of thinking. In summary, it's not the worst idea to survey your terrain in order to think out of the box - no matter how small it is. Buy...

Famous as a designer and founding member of the Memphis Group, not many know that Nathalie Du Pasquier's main medium became painting, and that since 35 years. For Nathalie Du Pasquier, the boundaries between design and art are fluid. Easily navigating between pattern, textile, ceramics, and painting, she lets shapes, spaces and forms correlate. Her use of colour is unparalleled. ‘The strange order of things’, the publication of an exhibition with the same name at Pace Gallery in Seoul shows more than 30 paintings, drawings, and ceramic objects, accompanied with quotes by the artist and carefully arranged to investigate her work's relation to space. Buy...

As a child Michael De Feo dreamt of being a cartoonist working for Walt Disney. It didn’t turn out exactly as he expected - so to say - but definitely for the better for us! Ever since his street art is flourishing the public sphere. First growing his blooming fields of flowers in an improvised studio located in the basement of his parents home, in the early 1990s his iconic flowers started to adorn the vibrant streets of New York. Placed in unexpected corners, walls and on public transport his wheat-pasted graffiti has woven itself into the fabric of the grit jungle of concrete, glass and steel. The monograph Michael De Foe - Flowers is tracing the genesis of the, best known as, 'flower guy' from the very beginning to his fashion ads and lately intervention with Pre-Raphaelite paintings and Victorian portraiture. Together with texts by Eric Sutphin, James Danzinger and De Foe himself, the book immediately will catch you up with great excitement. A bit like in 'Where is Wally?' the reader sets out, searching for flowers in the turbulent hustle of the city streets around the globe, while getting an impression of how this beautiful mind is varying for more than 25 years now flowers as symbol of the circle of life. Buy...

Whether it is a representation of a Homeric moment, a snapshot of the hellish ten-year-old troublemaker Bart or a solemn intellectual disposition featuring Lisa, “A Final Companion To Books From The Simpsons” is a new volume about the books which appeared in The Simpsons. Assembled by French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun and published by Yellow Press, this final collection is displayed in faint yellow and shades of grey screenshot photos of book references that exist within the Simpsons universe, whether taken from real life or invented to suit the plot of the episode. From ‘Flander’s Bible” and “Fear of Flying”, to “Crazy Things Old Ladies Say” and “The Big Book of British Smiles”, to “Ein + 1 = 0”, “From Loser to User” to “Things Fall Apart” an anthology of 339 titles which appeared throughout the years in the legendary tv series. Buy...

Composed of pictures of animals clipped from magazines and newspapers, stamps and photos from advertising pamphlets, Lous Martens’ new photobook is a symbol of family devotion before anything else. Prior to finding their way to this book, Lous first started gathering these pictures seventeen years ago, with the intention of making a small book for her newly born grandson Jaap. She didn’t finish it though for that another baby was born, and she had to start another book for the new baby. But the collection of pictures grew interestingly big, and surprisingly beautiful it had to be shared. In total there were five unfinished books laying around until they were assembled in one volume: the Animal Books for Jaap Zeno anna Julian Luca. Buy...