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Best known for his furniture design practice side by side with his brother, not many know that Ronan Bouroullec is also a painter. His works on paper follow the idea of what he calls intuitive drawing. This technique allows him to develop new images and reach the subconscious layers of the mind. Experimenting with shapes and lines "Crayon Pinceau" is a pure black and white series, this time focusing on shades and fades instead of color. The harmony of shapes within a few simple lines is striking.Although abstract, these drawings give the impression of fabrics, folds and upholstery, showing us yet another way into the visual mind of a designer. Buy...

This is a story about love beyond death. The photographer Seiichi Furuya met Christine Gössler, a student of art history, in Austria in 1978, and after just a few months they married. From day one, Furuya documented her and their bohemian life, travelling across Europe. After the birth of their son in 1981, she became increasingly involved in the world of theatre. As she was devoting herself to her acting lessons, she started to show signs of schizophrenia. Christine committed suicide in East Berlin in 1985. Even decades later she remains Furuya’s great subject. Revisiting his archives he created five books entitled Mémoires. But in 2018, when he again browsed through his archives, Furuya found something unexpected: in between were photographs of him taken by Christine. Often at about the same time that he had photographed her. The presentation of "Face to Face" is one of simple elegance. A photo of her on one side, a photo of him on the other. Sometimes the two pose in front of the same background, sometimes they are unclothed, sometimes they are in black and white, sometimes they are with other people. We see her, then we see him. Often the couple shows us two points of view on a single moment. But Christine's death looms over everything like a pending premonition. We search in her smiling face for clues. We see her change over the years. As a mother with her new born in her arms, she is extremely thin. Is she just tired, her body exhausted by the new tasks that parenthood brings with it or is she sick? Always in the same place but never in the same photograph, their insurmountable physical distance, separated through death, is palpable. Yet at the same time there is something comforting in the images. As if she were saying, "I see you, too." Buy...

Within the large format canvas of Bulgarian artist Oda Jaune nude body parts tumble around without any gravity, immersed in mystical light. Lately, the widow of German painter Jörg Immendorff got her hands around a different medium: porcelain sculptures. Her raw, organic torsos are brought into remote and yet, highly tangible constellations presented next to the softness of a female body, often spotlighted by a single light. The artist book Sculptures starts and ends with Jaune – French for yellow and the favorite color of Immendorff. Buy...

Drain pipes seem to be pretty straight forward. They catch the rain and purge it away from the house into the garden or onto the street. But as closer they get to the ground as more random their form becomes - going around corners, following stairs, twisting, circling, breaking off...

Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat published a children's book to overcome fear and make life seem less frightening. The powerful collaboration of a poem by Dr. Maya Angelou and the accompanying art by Basquiat screams fearlessly "Life doesn't frighten me at all" in the face of conjured demons and intimidating everyday situations. This book celebrates the courage within each of us and empowers our inner child to not be intimidated by the world and its workings, whatever age we have. And although it was originally published in 1993, it couldn't be more necessary than it is now: a book - by a black American poet and civil rights activist and a black American artist who uses his paintings as a social commentary to make visible the experiences of the black community - that tells us to stand brave and fierce.⁠ Buy...

Wild, rocky cliffs along deserted coasts, empty streets between abandoned houses captured in the break of dawn...

In Ukrainian trains, it is a tradition that after boarding, passengers put on more comfortable clothes, change their shoes into slippers or lie barefoot, have dinner and a drink - and all this in cramped compartments. ⁠With her experience as a train conductor, Julie Poly has captured the essence of travel on Ukrainian trains. Documentary photos of train decorations and staged photos of models representing typical passengers of the Ukrainian railway - Julie Poly calls this approach "pseudo-documentary", because the inspiration for the staged photos comes from real people and situations. Among the passengers are soldiers, business women, gigolos and athletes, mostly girls, on their way to a sports competition. Most of the photos in the book can be described as erotic. This is due to the specific atmosphere in the Ukrainian trains and their perception by the artist. "I believe that travelling by train in Ukraine is a rather erotic experience. Nowhere in the world you will find trains where half-naked people travel together side by side," says Julie Poly.⁠ The notions of privacy and personal boundaries are dim in the train light...

Vertical lines bound by razor-sharp rims, meet gently rolling bodies of symmetric beauty, round vessels with asymmetric collars and irregular appearing spikes that seem to be sometimes thorns, sometimes nipples, glowing in burnished graphite black or soft terra cotta.⁠ Magdalene Odundo's work is inspired by the human body, by traditional vessels, ethnological objects, and sculptures. "Study whatever has gone before, not with a view to becoming a copyist, but with the object of gaining knowledge." Fascinated by these words of British industrial designer Christopher Dresser she absorbed the British museums and pieced what she saw together into a language truly of her own.⁠ "Making is a journey of collecting, piecing together the collected or recorded memories." This publication translates Odundo's quote into print and shows her work next to all the objects that inspired her, insightful essays about her method and practice round it off.⁠ We are so happy that with the second edition we have this jewel back in our shop.⁠ Buy ...

Independent publishing can be very timely - we are already getting the first books in about covid-19 and the pandemic lockdown!⁠⠀ Max Siedentopf - you know the one that already delighted us with Toiletpapa just a few weeks back -created a survival guide of what to do with your time when being stuck at home in quarantine. Home Alone is a composition of photographs from the internet community translating into action Max Siedentopf's open calls, like "invent a new way to lie on your sofa" or "Create a party makeup look using only what you can find in the fridge" The best pictures from the series, which now comprises over 1000 photos, are collected in this little book. An effective remedy against boredom in any case.⁠⠀ Buy...