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What is artistic research? What is a research document? How do these relate to the making process, invention, and creativity? ⁠ ⁠ Research For People Who (Think They) Would Rather Create addresses all relevant aspects that need to be considered during a research and documentation process, such as: finding the right topic and approach; formulating your research question; working out your methods; choosing one or more suitable writing styles; and considering the possible roles of visual, virtual, auditory, embodied, and spatial materials.⁠ Buy...

Ricardo Bofill is one of our favourite architects. But La Fábrica, his own home, must be his most outstanding creation. A former cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona, serendipitously discovered while driving, the building became the centre of the late Catalan architect’s life. Here, Ricardo created a world of his own, exposing the concrete forms from beneath years of dust and smoke, encouraging nature back onto the structure, and fine-tuning the balance between its monumental scale and a delicate, human sensibility, in one of the earliest examples of the reuse of an industrial building—and it’s still changing.⁠ ⁠ This new edition by apartamento expands on the book originally published in 2018, featuring exclusive archival imagery and an expansive selection of photographs taken by Nacho Alegre on his visits to La Fábrica over the last decade. He returned in November 2022 to document the building in its current state, closing the book with 32 pages of otherwise unseen images—a portrait of Ricardo’s most cherished work at a moment of profound transformation. With an introduction by Pablo Bofill, the book also features an interview with Ricardo himself by Barcelona-based architects Arquitectura-G and Guillermo López.⁠ Buy...

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.⁠ ⁠ First Edition, third printing with a beautiful new cover.⁠ Buy...

The Dictionary of Color Combinations is probably one of the most beautiful books we ever held in our hands! After it has been sold out for a year, we finally have it back in stock and are mesmerized as before.⁠..⁠ ⁠ The pocket size jewel offers 348 incredible color combinations by Japanese painter Sanzo Wada. The compositions of two, three, and four tones could not be more intriguing and with its index registering the CMYK code of every shade used it is an indispensable tool for every designer.⁠ Buy...

The world today faces overwhelming environmental and social problems. To combat, change and overcome these challenges, collective action is necessary and inevitable. This has led to new forms of collective art and design practices: Artists collaborate with non-artists, make products for their local environment and take on multiple identities such as researcher, community activist, computer hacker or business consultant.⁠ ⁠ The book "Making Matters" by the fantastic publisher Onomatopee looks at art practices on all continents where the boundaries between art, design, research and activism are blurring or dissolving. ⁠ Buy...

Pierre Charpin's new monograph does not show the product designer's objects but covers 17 years of his drawings!⁠ ⁠ French furniture designer Pierre Charpin's new book titled Avec le dessin takes a deep dive into his expansive visual oeuvre, exploring the many styles and approaches that he takes when drawing.⁠ ⁠ By adopting various techniques and tools, he develops forms, investigates structures and discovers colours and their combinations. But his enchanting lines, loops, ribbons and shapes are much more than just a tool for creating a product. They have the power to stand for themselves, giving us an insight into the designers mind.⁠ ⁠ "Like any child, I drew. Drawing comes before writing. A sort of original gesture, a primitive impulse, an imperative need to project tangible figures of one’s own experience and presence in the world outside oneself, for oneself, and for others”, Charpin writes in the introduction. But even though he grew up in a family of creatives, he was slow to assert real passion for any particular field – including that of drawing. It was only many years later, after entering the world of furniture and object design, that he would discover that drawing was a practice within itself.⁠ ⁠ Ranging from figurative to abstract and beyond, Avec le Dessin is a testament to the designer's versatility - and his "primitive impulse" to draw. Buy...

MacGuffin Magazine has a pretty special concept: Each issue of MacGuffin takes a close look at one unassuming everyday object to reveal its hidden complexity and stories. Through scrupulous, illuminating research this magazine unearths historical delights, exposes unusual viewpoints and changes our perspective.⁠ ⁠ Born out of boredom with the design world, this design magazine by an editorial team of architects and art historians does not focus on the latest trends, iconic designs or an endless stream of new objects, but concentrates on the much wider story of what an object becomes when it enters our day-to-day life, and on what it reveals in turn about us. In this way, each issue becomes a fascinating and amusing gem of meticulous research and design enthusiasm.⁠ ⁠ The latest issue is about the chain - one of the most contradictory of objects. Worn with love since time immemorial, it is also the ultimate symbol of slavery and suffering. Linking together royals and rappers, cycling skirts and classic scarfs, caged wrestlers and medieval warriors, hyperlinks and haunted houses, Baltic protestors and Cuban revolutionaries...

What began as a live Instagram series during the lockdown is now a wake-up call in book form! Design critics and curators Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli trace possible future scenarios and analyse them in conversations with leading names from the world of architecture and design. It is a powerful testament to the power of design to spark radical and far-reaching change. Now the spark only has to be ignited!⁠ Buy...

Famous as a designer and founding member of the Memphis Group, 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 allows shapes, spaces and forms to interrelate. Her use of colour is unparalleled. ⁠ ⁠ This book, accompanying Pasquier's exhibition at MACRO in Rome, moves between exhibition catalogue and artist's book. Photographs of Nathalie Du Pasquier's works, installation views of the exhibition are juxtaposed with excerpts from texts by various authors and personalities that are fundamental to Pasquier's practice. The pages of this wonderfull publication become exhibition spaces themselves, allowing associations and combinations. They enable a deeper understanding and engagement with Nathalie Du Pasquier's work and her imagination.⁠ So instead of merely being an exhibition catalogue, this publication can be seen as an extension of the exhibition itself.⁠ Buy...

It is strange but interior magazines tend to show just one kind of interior - the stylised, designed through, decadent or minimal, but mostly rich. But there are so many interiors out there in this world. So many styles, cultures, ways of living. Scenic Views focuses on everyday interiors that have been overlooked, where personal idiosyncrasies are expressed. Instead of being clean these spaces tell stories, every detail reveals something about the people that inhabit or interact with these spaces.⁠ Buy...