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Photographer Fien Muller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen only made their debut as a design duo in 2011. But already their first collection of furniture met with a great response. It was the simple materials and an incredible sense for shapes and colour combinations that made them stand out and still do today.⁠ ⁠ Over the last decade they created an influential body of work – elementary forms shape functional sculptures that grow into vibrant spaces. With both Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen being artists, it’s- natural that their collections sit somewhere between design and art. This book unveils the origins, the complexity, and the references embedded in the DNA of Muller Van Severen’s work.⁠   Buy...

MJKVDL 2021 presents the first published overview of the experimental work of architect-turned-clothing designer Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur.  After a 30 year career as an architect, Mark began experimenting with clothing design after he and his husband, the artist AA Bronson, relocated from New York to Berlin in 2013. His designs emerge from labour-intensive and formally unique processes, responding to problems or provocations raised by traditional approaches to garment construction and tailoring, and subverting established norms of production. Rather than a fashion collection, Mark’s clothes exist outside of capitalist cycles of seasonal production and consumption; each garment is unique and no multiples are made or sold.⁠ Designed in the layout of a fashion lookbook, the publication, however, shows in a very intimate way the garments that are imbued with autobiographical narratives. The very personal is underlined by the photographs, most of which were taken at home in the Berlin flat Mark shares with his husband.⁠⠀ Buy...

For a long time, sustainable products had the reputation of being unsexy, aesthetically somewhere between a tie-dyed T-shirt and a haystack. But these times are fortunately over. Sustainability, longevity and circularity are not only in demand as properties, but also their visibility within the material.⁠ At ECAL students of product design, established materials specialists, manufacturers and researchers came together with the aim of exploring and defining the aesthetic potential of a new generation of sustainable materials. The result of this research-through-design project is a series of fourteen case studies involving the development of materials made from textile waste, recycled paper, rubber granulate or vegetable fibers such as algae, rice husks, hemp, flax and wood. The resulting new materials can be shaped, pressed, woven or welded and offer future designers a range of practical tools and applied knowledge about the methods of analyzing and processing seminal materials, utilizing their advantageous qualities and developing functional, yet aesthetically intriguing objects.⁠ 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.⁠ We are so happy that with the second edition we have this jewel back in our shop.⁠ Buy ...

Even though upcycling is a well known design principle, this book is not about design and so you also won't find questionable so-called solutions of cut plastic bottles turned into planters. On the contrary. This book focusses on reuse in architecture, from cannibal architectures to upcycling ruins to creating building materials out of waste or found objects to encourage sustainable thought and action in architecture to reusing building materials like they did for the incredible building of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.⁠ This book is bi-lingual: English and German. Buy...

Since quite a while the fashion industry is facing a groundbreaking paradigm change. If there is a good thing about late capitalism, environmental pollution, shortage of resources, exploitative labour it would be that we, 'the happy consumer and devil producer', are forced to change our mindset radically – and with it our notion of luxury. Luxury nowadays is about time, quality and care. Caring for our planet, the next generations and ourselves. What a new generation of fashion designers has to contribute to change the rules of the fashion industry can be seen in the latest issue of Press & Fold. A fashion magazine which is deeply concerned about alternative fashion forms and narratives. In this issue the author of Dissolving the Ego of Fashion Daniëlle Bruggeman explains why it is so necessarily important to leave the Fashion's Ego behind, a self-maintaining desire machine producing nothing else than shallow promises, the JOIN Collective Clothes project gives a glimpse into their work to make and wear clothes together as well as you can find out how fashion and intellect goes together pretty well these days as magazines like 032c, Vestoj and Purple practicing this for years. Press & Fold is a carefully thought through paper delight, a fashionable beauty which hopefully will sustain for a long, long time. Buy...

In times when resources are scarce we turn back to old often forgotten methods and materials. Rammed Earth or Pisé, as they call it in French, is one of these. Pisé has a long history in Europe, especially in Switzerland, Germany, and France as an architectural material. In the 18th century architect François Cointeraux was already imagining a building method of prefabricated rammed earth blocks. He emphasised the favorable properties in terms of indoor climate, excellent fireproofing and local availability. The goal was to enable people to build their own homes with simple and very cheap means. But then the industrial revolution happened, steel and concrete replaced traditional materials and unfortunately with that a lot of knowledge got lost. Ever since architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Wang Shu and other Pritzker Prize winners have started in recent years to use Pisé for prestigious buildings, it lost its stench of being a poor material and got back in focus. Architect Roger Boltshauser aims with the publication „Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential“ to record the state of knowledge, make it accessible, and expand the research. From historical rammed earth structures to possibilities and potentials of the material to contemporary constructions he collected essays by historians, architects, construction engineers, and material experts as well as research projects by students of the EPFL - Lausanne. Buy...

Radical Matter is an essential introduction for professionals and students to the latest cutting-edge design ideas which are on their way to shape not just the future of design, but the entire ‘design-make-consume’ chain. Unlike similar publications which would either focus on the materials themselves, their properties and potential use, or on the entrepreneurial initiatives to exploit them, this book is devoted to both aspects. It calls attention to ten ‘big ideas’ coping with materials including extreme waste material like shit and dust, through fully illustrated case studies and testimonies from global industry experts. Enticing and provocative at times, Radical Matter looks beyond the culture of material consumerism onto a future where design and ecology are integrated. Buy...