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After two years of a global pandemic and people hiding behind masks, FUKT explores and celebrates the human face. One of the most inspiring drawing magazines, at least in our opinion, looks with its 20th issue at the art of portraiture in drawing. ⁠ ⁠ Creating portraits is as old as humanity, but what does it mean today, especially in the age of selfies and social media? Featuring drawings by 34 contemporary artists, FUKT explores the face in contemporary art. Inside the magazine you'll find a range of perspectives and themes, from face blindness to courtroom drawings and Lockdown portraits to face recognition - a selection of drawing positions that offer a unique look at the face.⁠ ⁠ One particularly beautiful detail is the cover. While there are 24 different faces, if you unpack the magazine from its foil, you also detach the facial expressions. What remains is a cover with an outline of a face and space for doodling, portrait drawing, simple or elaborate, everything is possible.⁠ Buy...

AIKO is a visual and very personal diary by Berlin based photographer Florian Hetz. He turns his very own, unique gaze on the male body - its fears and obsessions, its shame and its lust. He successfully captures the breathing-sculpture quality of the portrayed men without turning them into objects of voyeuristic or even pornographic desire. The touching, intimate photographs tell a story about togetherness and loneliness.⁠⁠   Buy...

We love Cat Hepburn's unashamed and hilarious writing! It screams with authenticity and makes her observations on Millennial culture palpable. From regrettable one-night stands to "ghosting" - no stone is left unturned. Illuminating the nuances of human relationships and interactions in a world of digital dating and sexual exploration, Dating & Other Hobbies is a unique celebration of early adulthood and all the beautiful mess it brings.   Buy...

Yuki Aizawa comes from Tokyo to visit his friend Hiroyoshi Tomite in Berlin for 16 days in the summer of 2021. Aizawa is fascinated by the Berliners who, despite the worldwide pandemic, enjoy their summer with ease and joy of life. ⁠ ⁠ Tomite, inspired by the new perspective his friend gives him on the city of his choice, follows him and sees Berlin once again as he experienced it when he first arrived.⁠   Buy...

"Das letzte Jahr", German for "the last year" does not refer to our last year 2020, which is fortunate because we already have had enough of that. The year meant is 1990, a rather important year in Germany because it was the year in which the reunification of West and East Germany was hastily accomplished. And yet it fell into a collective oblivion. Everyone remembers 1989, when we danced on the Wall. But 1990 seems too scattered to grasp. ⁠ ⁠ The author Martin Gross tried at the time. He had an intuition of the significance of the year that marked the downfall and reshaping of the country. Living in the GDR for a year, he described how people made the transition from the old to the new system. He portrayed people as diverse as the guard of a former Stasi prison, the store manager of one of the new supermarkets, the stokers of a power station, the bodyguards of a minister and the cleaners of a government building.⁠ ⁠ The book was first published in 1992, but was soon forgotten. In 2019, Jan Wenzel came across it while researching for his book "1990 Freilegen" and took many of its notes. With a distance of 30 years, these notes were now perceived by critics as "clear-sighted", "precise", "stylistically brilliant" observations of the turning year. But the author himself could not be found. Fortunately, contact was finally made in June 2020 and a new edition of the title was planned.⁠ ⁠ And so here it is again, a book that describes a historical event, not through political steps, but through the impact it had on people's daily lives. Buy...

For Mark Kiessling of Berlin bookshop and magazine store Do you read me?!, the crisis has been an experiment in growing e-commerce. ‘Our store isn’t big, but we have lots of magazines, books and people – normally. We closed on 16th March to avoid putting our staff or customers in danger, and we reopened after a month. Now only three people can enter at the same time and everyone has to wear a face mask. Some people don’t believe in this or think they won’t get ill, so you have to talk with customers if they’re not wearing one. People are learning that this is a new kind of normal, so behaviours are becoming more like routines. We still had pick-up orders when we shut, so if somebody ordered a book online or called us, we handed it out at the store. We also communicated more than ever via Instagram, which helped to bring in business. We managed around 10-15% of our normal sales during this time. Our online sales are doing better because we’ve pushed it quite a lot, but it’s much more work. All the shipping, finding the right price, packaging, things getting lost, people not being at home and dealing with shipping companies. We had lots of trouble and going forward we need to change how we set up our e-commerce. It’s just not comparable to buying in the store. Even if you’re open for only 3-5 hours a day, we’ll have more turnover than what we have online. I believe magazines and books are best bought when you hold them in your hands, when you feel the paper, weight and printing quality. Sitting in a store and talking to people – it’s just more of a direct relationship than sitting in front of a computer.’ Thanks for the phone call Courier Media! Next time hopefully in flesh again!...

Look what just arrived! We are super excited to have the new book from Sam Chermayeff and Apartamento in the shop. ⁠'Creatures', edited by Moritz Küng, is a look back through nearly two decades of experimental projects undertaken by the Berlin-based architect Sam Chermayeff and his collaborators—for the most part pieces of furniture whose use, appearance, or application has been reimagined and readapted. But these ‘creatures’ are not just conceptual; they’re made to be lived with daily and all start with the idea that personal whim is probably the best guide for producing any design that’s to be lived with day in, day out.⁠ Buy...

As you know, our shop in Berlin has temporarily closed in order to help slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus. If you’ve visited the shop, you’ll know it can get pretty cosy when it’s busy, and keeping to the recommended social distancing guidelines would be pretty much impossible in our space.⁠ ⁠ The German government has ordered all shops to close, except essential ones like supermarkets – and bookstores! And while we agree that books are essential, we care more about keeping you safe.⁠ ⁠ So, in the next months, we and all the independent publishers from all over the world who sell their publications through us are going to need your help. ⁠ And since you probably need something to read to pass some time at home, check out our online shop for our full selection of beautiful, unique books and magazines. If you can’t decide right now, you can always buy a gift card to spend now or later. Or if you’ve got loved ones you can’t visit right now, or you just want to put a smile on someone’s face, we will deliver worldwide as long as possible. ⁠ ⁠ Your support is going to be really important to us at this time, to take care of our community and to make sure that we can carry on bringing you the very best of independent print in the future.⁠ Please pass on the message!⁠ ⁠ Stay safe. Say home. And we are really looking forward to welcome you to our shop soon to browse and chat!⁠...

Stay home, take care of yourself, finally take care of all the things in your household that were always left undone, and then support your favorite bookstore!⁠ Our online shop is still up and going. We will take away your boredom with unique magazines and books and you can help us getting through this. Its basically a win-win situation.⁠ ?⁠ And yes, we ship world wide! photo credit: Otto Kaan ⁠ Featured in MacGuffin #4 THE SINK ...

To help to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety and well-being of our community, friends and our staff, our store will be closing temporarily.⁠ For everyone at home in need of something to read, our online shop is staying open! Store-pickup for online orders will be available by prior arrangement. We hope to welcome you all back soon, but for now: stay home and stay healthy....