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One of the most difficult questions in the art world. What makes a work of art valuable? From spreadability, meaning the frequency a piece circulates as image or text, to the creation of importance through affect and experience, to laziness being the only true art, to auctioning single words of a story - The Trouble with Value investigates how an artwork gains value in times when art is not necessarily rare or singular and the artist as master craftsman seems to be an outdated notion. Buy...

Ettore Sottsass monumental yet playful furniture challenged the very way we live with objects. Expressive forms, vivid colors, playful patterns, radical shapes - his approach of intersecting design with art and concepts was visionary and is still to this day. Interested in pushing the potential of architecture and design, a lot of works of this imaginist stayed at a prototype level while he already moved on to the next idea. This catalogue gives a deep inside to the conceptual mind of the man behind the infamous Memphis movement.⁠⠀ Buy...

We know the universe had a beginning. But what happens at the end of the story? Our universe could collapse in upon itself, or rip itself apart, or even – in the next five minutes – succumb to an inescapable expanding bubble of doom. With lively wit and humor, astrophysicist Katie Mack takes us on a mind-bending tour through each of the cosmos’ possible finales: the Big Crunch, Heat Death, Vacuum Decay, the Big Rip and the Bounce.⁠ This captivating story of cosmic escapism examines a mesmerizing yet unfamiliar physics landscape while sharing the excitement a leading astrophysicist feels when thinking about the universe and our place in it. Amid stellar explosions and bouncing universes, Mack shows that even though we puny humans have no chance of changing how it all ends, we can at least begin to understand it. The End of Everything (astrophysically speaking) is a wildly fun, surprisingly upbeat ride to the farthest reaches of all that we know.⁠ Buy...

Activism and feminism seem to have become a catchword for any woman’s empowerment through the arts. This publication seeks to critically dissect the terms and reveal the diversity of practices and realities that it comprises. Presenting a range of critical insights, perspectives, and practices from artists, activists, and academics, it reflects on the role of feminist interventions in the field of contemporary art, the public sphere, and politics. In the process, it touches upon broader questions of cultural difference, history, class, economic standing, ecological issues, and sexual orientation, as well as the ways in which these intersect.⁠ Buy...

You know what they say: if you remember the 90s, you weren’t there. Cult German novelist Rainald Goetz was, though, and he revisits the rave scene of the Nineties in dazzling style. Fragments of sensation, impressions, scattered moments build up to conjure the dizzying highs and the thumping lows of techno culture’s legendary era. Buy...

As you might have guessed - we love magazines and books. But what we love even more are independent bookstores as a place, because we love to chat about books, love the smell of books and feel the paper, and love to flip through and read the first pages to understand if the cover holds what it promises. And while we truly enjoy beautiful interiors and to soak up the atmosphere, the heart of every bookstore is its selection and the people behind. Horst A. Friedrichs and Stuart Husband collected these stories in the beautiful photo book Buchhandlungen - Eine Liebeserklärung. And btw, we are in it, too. Buy...

When Josef and Anni Albers traveled to Mexico they realised that they were in "a country for art like no other". They would make several trips to Mexico throughout the years exploring sites in Oaxaca and Yucatan. Fascinated by the geometrical shapes, they translated and interwove their found inspiration into their own works of abstract modernism. The book shows photographs made by the Albers of archaeological sites next to their painting, drawings and weaving and the correlations are staggering. Who would have thought that the basis for modernism was built on Mexican ruins.⁠ Buy...

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...

African-American fashion designer Willi Smith, pioneer of streetwear and visionary collaborator, finally gets his due in an exuberant celebration of his life and work.⁠ Before Off-White, before Hood By Air, before Supreme, there was WilliWear. Willi Smith created inclusive and liberating fashion: “I don’t design clothes for the queen, but the people who wave at her as she goes by." ⁠This beautifully-made book, published in conjunction with the first ever exhibition of Willi Smith's work, is definitely one of our favourite new fashion titles from the past weeks and months!⁠ Buy...

The fact that our future doesn't look that bright when we keep business as usual is frankly nothing new. Ollie Hunter's sustainable cook book 30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution may doesn't have the one and only solution but it is a beginning to change the way we produce, buy, utilise and eat organic and (!) affordable food. This book gives an insightful understanding of sustainable approaches with a zero waste policy shifting the perspective on growing veggies by your own, avoiding plastic and how to get the finest seasonal ingredients within 30 miles around you. Buy...