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Berlin, our home and favourite city. Populated by strong characters, pigeons, open-minded hedonists, grumpy misfits, dogpiles, nightshade plants dressed in black, opinionated daydreamers - and simply the best people in the world. And who better to portray all these than Stefan Marx, scribbling all their uniqueness and characteristics in his notebook. On the train, in the park, at the Späti, in the supermarket, at the airport. Buy...

[vc_row][vc_column width='1/5'][/vc_column][vc_column width='3/5'] In our Surprise Subscription this month is a treat from the curious, charming publishing house Happy Potato Press. While we fell in love with all of Happy Potato’s creations immediately, we have to admit that the cheerful yellow cover of ‘One Ingredient Recipes’ in particular always brings a smile to our faces. And we thought perhaps it could do the same for you! This Is Not A Commercial - Art by Veli & Ramos

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⁠In 1930, duck farmer Martin Maurer from Flanders, Long Island, decided to build a huge shop in the shape of a duck to advertise and sell the Peking ducks he bred. But in this fantastic little book you will also find a fruit shop in the shape of an orange, a dog grooming salon in the shape of a dog, a supermarket in the shape of a shopping basket and a hot dog shop in the shape of a hot dog. Unlike other buildings, they are the literal embodiment of a thing itself, widely displaying their function rather than hiding it behind four austere walls.⁠ ⁠ It is a tribute to Learning from Las Vegas - a book that first highlighted these structures and changed the world of architecture, and a tribute to these buildings themselves that enchant our grey days and make us question these anonymous concrete and glass bricks. What might our built environment look like if we gave free rein to creativity and expression?⁠   Buy...

We have noticed your calendar is about to run out of months! Chantal Rens can help you out with an animal themed pictorial, consisting of 13 iconic flat-backed beasts. This 2022’s calendar does make us look forward to the new year and will for sure help us braving up to any new wave of restriction. Things to be thankful for: the great outdoors, our pets and hard stuff. Tilburg based artist and publisher Chantal Rens has an other thing coming in 2022: look out for Pantofle press’ breathtaking follow-up of „You run around town like a fool and you think that it’s groovy“, which first volume was reviewed as „perhaps the most unnecessary but absolutely the most funny book of 2016“. Until then, get your kicks from this very fresh, all-analog, tongue-in-cheek, mother of all calendars for 2022! ⁠   Buy...

Composed of pictures of animals clipped from magazines and newspapers, stamps and photos from advertising pamphlets, Lous Martens' new book is a symbol of family devotion before anything else. “Seventeen years ago our grandson Jaap was born. That was the start of an animal book for Jaap. I used a dummy for the OASE journal of architecture and loosely pasted in pictures of animals that I had clipped from newspapers and magazines about art, literature and science. Plus stamps and photos from advertising brochures. Then Zeno was born and the same thing happened: an animal book for Zeno. Now I was working on two books at once. Then came Anna. Julian. Luca. At this point, there were five books-in-the-making on the table. And none of those five are finished yet. The children, as well as myself, enjoy seeing the small, ever-evolving changes. The additions. These books were never intended for the outside world where I had found all the pictures. Never intended to be published. Now they lie here, grouped into one big book, because others have convinced me it’s what they deserve.”⁠ ⁠   Buy...

In 2021 Martijn in't Veld made a series of illustrations for The New Yorker about books and vegetables. Nothing ever happened to them. He doesn't know why. In any case these images ended up expiring in a digital vegetable drawer somewhere in a fridge-shaped Manhattan skyscraper. This made Martijn in't Veld a bit sad. And because he doesn't like to throw away food he simply decided to cook up a New Yorker without The New Yorker!⁠ ⁠ Bon appetit!⁠ ⁠   Buy...

This is a story entirely written in burnt matches. The longer the word, the longer the match. It is a story about big and small fires, love, death, intrigue and plenty of blisters.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The odd typeface in which it was encoded was developed by Martijn in't Veld and Johannes Lang through OpenType code whose ligature feature looks for the length of the typed word and replaces it with one of up to ten matches of the respective word length. Besides dozens of burnt matches—long, short, scorched or badly burnt—the character set includes two lighters and some extra long safety matches. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Happy reading. Don’t burn your fingers.⁠⁠ ⁠   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...

“I fell in love with your father because of his beautiful legs.” Sara Perovic often heard this sentence as a child. When she went through the family photos, she noticed that her father was mainly photographed playing tennis. After all, that's what he spent most of his time and thoughts on. His obsession with the sport hindered his attention to her as a child, she reflected. And now the story could repeat itself with her daughter's father, who also has beautiful tennis legs.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ‘My Father’s Legs’, a little book of photos of her father's and partner's legs in tennis positions, detached from the rest of the body, is not only weirdly beautiful, but also visualises the search for a deeper connection and understanding.⁠⠀ ⁠   Buy...

Erwin Wurm's photography is as weird and funny as his sculptures. Erwin Wurm Photographs 1986 - 2018 examines the artistic process through which Wurm created many of his major works and series, from his “Dust Sculptures” and “Fabio Getting Dressed” to his influential “One-Minute Sculptures,” and also features his recent large-format Polaroid photographs. Be prepared to be amused!⁠⠀ Buy...