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N minus X – <br/>to read is to learn, part 3
N minus X – to read is to learn, part 1
Thawing the ice of the Inca City
Making German cities a better place
When 8 times 7 is obviously 63
A kaleidoscope of aviation
To create is to change
Don’t be scared of Yeti or Frutiger
Pipe dreams on paper

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Divide and rule

by Amelie Znidaric

Divide and rule
Open Design has not yet conquered the world of design. But in the not too distant future it could be quite normal to share one’s intellectual property in an entirely new way.
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Phenomenology of viewing

by Sandra Hofmeister

Phenomenology of viewing
Once upon a time Karl Friedrich Schinkel was commissioned to reshape the urban design of central Berlin. And today countless buildings in Berlin and Potsdam bring him to mind, such as Alte Museum am Lustgarten. Photographer Gerrit Engels has documented them quite soberly.
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So where to put the car?

by Sandra Gottwald

So where to put the car?
Parking is by definition the temporary placing of vehicles on a space foreseen for this. In reality, however, the automobile does not get placed somewhere temporarily: they get driven temporarily. So where to put the rising number of vehicles not running? In car parks!
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Enjoying the material

by Meret Ernst

Enjoying the material
In their inhouse Matériothèque the designers at Atelier Oï play around with materials such as birdseed, paper, fabric, ropes and gelatin. The resulting products for Atelier Pfister, Bulgari, Swatch and other manufacturers are now on display in the monograph “Workshop Guide Atelier Oï”.
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Sharp as a needle

by Annette Tietenberg

Sharp as a needle
British photographer and author Alex MacNaughton goes out into the urban jungle and tracks down people marked by life and asks them to reveal their skin to him. They proudly present the images on their skin and tell him their stories too.
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The lecturers and their masterful buildings

by Ralf Wollheim

The lecturers and their masterful buildings
As an historical institution Bauhaus may be known across the globe yet its profile remains unusually vague all the same. No wonder. After all there were three different colleges, in three different locations with three different directors. A new travel book now attempts to draw a detailed map of the school’s checkered history.
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A house with a moustache or mutton chops?

by Petra Ringleb

A house with a moustache or mutton chops?
As is the case in many sectors, in architecture average just doesn't quite cut it. That said, there are plenty of everyday houses that can be considered "quite good". Now Oda Pälmke has taken a closer look at them.

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The townhouse as a palliative

by Heinrich Wefing

The townhouse as a palliative
The townhouse as a type is evidently very much in line with the times. And so it is hardly surprising that Hans Stimmann, once Municipal Building Director in Berlin, has brought out a book on it. The title intimates that the tome is intended to help planning, and it's a high-end volume of examples of specimen townhouses. Does the townhouse really have the muscle to counteract our inner cities emptying?
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Read me!

by Knuth Hornbogen

Read me!
There's no point beating about the bush – instruction manuals don't enjoy a good reputation. All the better that more and more products can be assembled using our intuition alone, iPhones no longer even come with a manual. So perhaps this is the opportune moment for a more extensive consideration of the instruction manual, a retrospective if you will. The book "Read Me!" by Jasmin Meerhoff offers a surprisingly entertaining insight into an otherwise ignored genre of the printed word.

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Fringe voice

by Nina Reetzke

Fringe voice
A desire to experiment and a focus on manual production methods are two things that are highly regarded by designers. Now, a scene has emerged beyond the pale of traditional publishing houses and conventional book production, one that produces and distributes more unusual printed matter. Running parallel to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the first edition of "First Issue – Self-Publishing Book Fair for Design and Art" offered an insight into the work of small independent publishing houses.
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Modernity via Katsura

by Horant Fassbinder

Modernity via Katsura
A great many Western artists, designers and architects have looked to Japan for inspiration for their works. Bruno Taut spent three and a half years in Japan and during that time wrote numerous treatises, which were recently published in German for the first time. The Katsura Imperial Villa, for instance, was in Taut's eyes the perfect expression of a refined form of Modernism that had been carefully thought through down to the very last detail.

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What comes after the age of plastic?

by Nora Sobich

What comes after the age of plastic?
Things are happening in the materials field. No less than a green revolution is on the agenda. Hardly surprising that there is currently a large number of books about material. One that can be particularly recommended is Sascha Peter's reference book "Material Revolution" about multi-functional and sustainable materials.

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Fill up here!

by Thomas Wagner

Fill up here!
They have been fueling automotive advancement for around 100 years now: gas stations. In Christof Vieweg's informative and richly illustrated book "Volltanken bitte!" we discover that the first gas station was a pharmacy, which brands were once sold, when certain architectural models emerged and what particularly attractive stations look like.
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Unfinished and yet complete

by Nina Reetzke

Unfinished and yet complete
"Misfit" is the title of the current monograph on Hella Jongerius. The publication not only illuminates the Dutch designer's oeuvre to date but also illustrates the available design options when the medium book is re-thought.
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A cobalt blue ship sails across the porcelain sea

by Nina Reetzke

A cobalt blue ship sails across the porcelain sea
Royal Tichelaar Makkum is one of the very oldest companies in the Netherlands. For some years now the family-owned company has been catching the eye with products created by such renowned designers as Hella Jongerius and Studio Makkink & Bey. A book has now appeared describing the porcelain manufactory.

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Handmade cyclosophy

by Knuth Hornbogen

Handmade cyclosophy
Spring is back and the bicycle season starts. Should you want to buy a new vehicle, why not a custom-built one? Then a glance in the book "Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle" is certainly worthwhile.

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Not just afterthoughts of the mainland

by Thomas Wagner

Not just afterthoughts of the mainland
Islands are special places. Places of the imagination and of longing. Paradise is an island, but so too is Hell maintains Judith Schalansky, who has created a wonderful "Atlas of Remote Islands", which presents fifty islands, "I never set foot on and never will".

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Insights into the thick of things

by Nancy Jehmlich

Insights into the thick of things
Astrid Korntheuer tells very special stories. Anyone viewing her subtly staged photographs will feel that fixed boundaries in space seem to dissolve and inner and outer views meld.

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Bjarke Ingels explains the world the way we like it

by Sandra Hofmeister

Bjarke Ingels explains the world the way we like it
The monograph "Yes is More" by Bjarke Ingels presents the history of architecture in comic form. Quite rightly the elaborately designed paperback won this year's prize for the best architects' monograph awarded by Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main.

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The end of something

by Andreas Ruby

The end of something
In his two-volume "Die Stadt im 20. Jahrhundert" (The City in the 20th Century), Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani summarizes topographical, historiographic and organizational aspects of urban planning with an impressive wealth of material, a monographic approach to key figures, and great earnestness.
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Credit where credit’s due

by Nina Reetzke

Credit where credit’s due
Weighing in at eight hundred pages in length, "The Story of Eames Furniture" indeed makes a promising impression. A variety of historical images showing Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Office itself as well as legendary products such as the Lounge Chair, are a feast for the reader's eyes. Unfortunately, however, in places the book's content appears to be strongly influenced by the authors' subjective perspective on design history.

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Palm leaves, aliens and lobsters on a lead

by Claus Richter

Palm leaves, aliens and lobsters on a lead
The catalog "Drawing Fashion" presents drawings of haute couture from 1910 to the present day. Drawings, watercolors and gouaches by illustrators including Georges Lepape, André Edourd Marty and René Bouché enchant readers with their outstanding beauty.
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American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress

by Adelheid Komenda

American Modernism Dressed up in a Cocktail Dress
We have recently seen the 100th anniversary of the birth of US architecture photographer Julius Shulman would have recently turned 100. With Richard Neutra as his patron, in the 1950s the self-taught photographer swiftly emerged as one of the most important architecture photographers in the United States. To this day, the narrative feel if his images is enthralling, evoking a world somewhere between reality and fiction.
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Finding out about the world of objects

by Silke Gehrmann-Becker

Finding out about the world of objects
With his book "Design-Atlas von 1850 bis heute" Enrico Morteo presents a broad range of desirable worldly objects, and on 200 double pages explains how they were made, the effect they have, and the background to them.
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Books, shelves sagging

by Thomas Wagner

Books, shelves sagging
However promising the read may seem to be, there are always more interesting books than time to read them. Meaning that the stack of books and with it your bad conscience grow and you end up staring failure in the face. The tool of last resort: Clear the stack before the Frankfurt Book Fair opens its doors again.

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Tea’s traces

by Claudia Beckmann

Tea’s traces
Antonia Henschel's new magazine is about tea, nothing but tea and bags. "Tea-total" that is, not "teetotal". Abstinence is certainly not on the agenda here.
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The pig and the racing car

by Thomas Wagner

The pig and the racing car
In the media age racing cars not only have to be fast, they also have to look fast and stand out on the racing track thanks to colors, lines, numbers and logos. In "Go Faster" Sven Voelker illustrates that this was not always so and shows what characterizes those models with particularly successful styling.
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Should the weather permit

by Marcel Krenz

Should the weather permit
The ski slope in blistering hot Dubai, the tropical theme pool in Bochum or a shopping experience in the air-conditioned shopping mall in Edmonton - artificial weather conditions and the exclusion of the forces of nature are today more than ever a task for architecture. The manual "-arium" approaches these challenges in an unusual way.

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In front of and behind the curtain

by Thomas Wagner

In front of and behind the curtain
Textiles, and that includes high-tech membranes and foils, have been increasingly gaining significance in contemporary architecture. In "Textile Architecture" Sylvie Krüger presents the most important applications.
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The glance in the double mirror

by Thomas Wagner

The glance in the double mirror
Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004) is one of the 20th century's most famous fashion photographers and portrait makers. Schirmer/Mosel have now published a fascinating illustrated book entitled "Avedon Fashion", which presents a selection of fashion photographs from six decades.

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With our backs to the view

by Heinrich Wefing

With our backs to the view
Scheidegger & Spiess and Hochparterre are honoring this year's Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor with an illustrated book that shows more than we think we see.

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Sundown over the Stardust

by Claus Richter

Sundown over the Stardust
For the first time in 1972, "Learning from Las Vegas" took an unbiased look at an architectural genre, which consciously bought into ostentatious effects and symbols, so it's hardly surprising that overly serious architects still turn up their noses when they hear the name. Now a beautifully presented illustrated book has been created, which allows the reader to take a look into the photo archives, which form the basis for this book by Venturi and Scott Brown.

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Stories of the harlequin and his colorful, child-like dream world

by Sandra Hofmeister

Stories of the harlequin and his colorful, child-like dream world
Jaime Hayon's new monograph in Gestalten Verlag

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No fear of the men in black

by Thomas Wagner

No fear of the men in black
Once upon a time they wore suits, white or striped shirts, and bow ties. Today architects, and not just them prefer black. Why? You don't know? A small but amusing book offers insights into how the champions of the discipline turn out - even if they avoid black.
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Around the world in 554 pages

by Claudia Beckmann

Around the world in 554 pages
Fly or flee – it might be both at once: Antonia Henschel's 'Flight' takes us with her on her trip round the world. A diary in pictures, which tells of places, people and things. And teaches us to see.

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The Magic Three

by Nancy Jehmlich

The Magic Three
Three basic shapes: circle, triangle, square. An investigation in three volumes. Published by the Italian designer Bruno Munari. A book review.

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The friendly Modern Age - a book review

by Thomas Wagner

The friendly Modern Age - a book review
More than a company history: “Projekt Vitra 1957-2007” - "Projekt Vitra" is the self-representation of a successful company. And yet the book, with its intelligent essays, with its products arranged like families for a wedding photo, with historical and contemporary pictures and documents, is more than a corporate history.

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Miura in New York

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Miura in New York
New standards in product photography: the book about Konstantin Grcics stool Miura with photographs by Florian Böhm.
N minus X – </br>to read is to learn, part 4
N minus X – <br/>to read is to learn, part 2
Incompleted: Frankfurt at a glance
Stillness in the real world
Divine sense of detail
On the banks of the river
Britain can make it
Floral formations
Agro-art
Patterns and precious metals
Le Corbusier’s furniture and interiors
Pottery in white matt
Oh, if only we could walk through ebony peacock gates and enter florally decorated, elegant high-rise palaces
Where everything centers on being youthful today what is our attitude to Art Nouveau? Is it as young and new as the name claims and as Adorno admonished nothing but “puberty declared as a permanent state”? Has it become a dream world far removed from our box culture? Or is it making a cinematic return?
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Witnesses to violence

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Moving in higher spheres

by Nina Reetzke

Moving in higher spheres
She was born and grew up near-by, and then studied architecture. So who else could be better suited than Jolanthe Kugler to write an architectural guide to the Goetheanum hill. She manages to offer a systematic overview of the 170-odd houses in the Anthroposophical Colony, but in the process neglects to give greater depth to the specifics of the individual buildings.
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Furniture as veritable “machines for thinking”

by Claudia Mareis

Furniture as veritable “machines for thinking”
Typically furniture is only examined as regards concept, function and design – seldom do you find in-depth media-theoretical considerations. The book “Möbel als Medien” (Furniture as media), featuring contributions by authors including Marshall McLuhan, Vilém Flusser and Mark Kingwell, offers a broad perspective.

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Fortune-hunting in the earth

by Markus Frenzl

Fortune-hunting in the earth
In the wake of the enthusiasm for cooking, or so many trend gurus have long been prophesying, it's now the garden's day. But it's not just the trend-conscious urbanites who are discovering allotment gardens anew, and not just guerilla gardening and self-supply that are blossoming again – the garden promises veritably paradisiacal states.

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For the foodie with a heart

by Nina Müller

For the foodie with a heart
More creative. More sustainable. “Delicate” – a book about food that shows just how this fundamental human necessity can become a sensory delight, a political statement or even a crazy performance. As surprising as it is critical, this book presents a variety of projects demonstrating current developments in international culinary culture: at times alluring, at others sensual, and then there are some that are just plain disgusting.
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Design classics as child’s play

by Nina Reetzke

Design classics as child’s play
There are all kinds of things we can say about design that interest not only adults, but children too. "Farbe, Form, Orangensaft" is one of the first children's books on the icons of our daily lives.
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The secret beyond the demilitarized zone

by Sandra Hofmeister

The secret beyond the demilitarized zone
The "Pyongyang Architecture Guide" by Philipp Meuser classifies the design of North Korea's capital as a systematic cabinet of curiosities and also explains the history of the city.
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Death of a Palace

by Mathias Remmele

Death of a Palace
The Palast der Republik in Berlin may no longer exist, but documentation of its demolition does. Christian von Steffelin captured the stages of its destruction on camera. His photos can now be appraised in a commendable illustrated book.

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Islands made of old bottles and floating mosques

by Brita Köhler

Islands made of old bottles and floating mosques
Ship-like modules for housing, recreation and provision go far beyond the common conceptions of a house-boat idyll. In their book “Float”, Dutchmen Koen Olthuis and David Keuning present the potential for floating buildings.

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Clip, stamp, fold

by Horant Fassbinder

Clip, stamp, fold
Architects, designers and artists in the 1960s and 1970s just loved communicating their idea of architecture in "little magazines". While there are often immense differences between the periodicals in terms of content and graphics, they all express a wish for radical rejuvenation. "Clip Stamp Fold" is a book that gives a good overall impression of this glittering chapter in the history of architecture.

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Living with “Eastern Modernism”

by Sandra Hofmeister

Living with “Eastern Modernism”
Roman Bezjak has been photographing the architecture of "Eastern Modernism" since 2005. His images do not so much serve documentary purposes, but rather convey what he has seen in relation to everyday life – while maintaining a certain distance. A new photo book presents a selection of these snapshots depicting an uncertain future.
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Merely boredom become chair?

by Knuth Hornbogen

Merely boredom become chair?
The Monobloc chair is considered the epitome of mass furniture. For long treated derogatorily, recently a series of designers have focused firmly on it. The publication on „220°C Virus Monobloc" sheds light on all facets of this realignment.

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The opening of a once forbidden city

by Dirk Meyhöfer

The opening of a once forbidden city
Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani’s master plan foresees having the Novartis Campus building realized by various architects. The book series “Novartis Campus” documents the buildings in the large-scale Basle project that are now already standing.

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When it is empty the house always faces the same direction

by Nancy Jehmlich

When it is empty the house always faces the same direction
"Il Girasole" - the sunflower, is a revolving house built in the 1930s not far from Verona. Now a sensitive short film has been devoted to this extraordinary piece of architecture and its special atmosphere.
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The catwalk of life

by Nina Reetzke

The catwalk of life
Armed with a camera and a laptop, fashion nerds collect inspiring impressions for their Blogs on the street, report on fashion events or simply place themselves in the limelight. Simone Werle's book "Style Diaries" portrays 40 fashion bloggers from all over the world.
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A dark place on the deer’s stomach

by Thomas Wagner

A dark place on the deer’s stomach
Design - what is it? Industrially refashioned craftsmanship? Something that is second to none in dominating the present day and as such has become "total"? And just why does brand mean a dark spot on a deer's stomach? Sweet and nutritious delights from the pre-Christmas chest of books.
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Airship with youth in a white suit

by Thomas Wagner

Airship with youth in a white suit
A contemporary panorama made up only of portraits of artists is what Angelika Platen has created over the past decades. A book with a selection of her black-and-white images shows just how subtly the photographer is able to balance proximity and distance.

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Too much design? Or simply the wrong one?

by Thomas Edelmann

Too much design? Or simply the wrong one?
With his book "Total design" Mateo Kries, Chief Curator and future director at Vitra Design Museum in Weil/Rhine, has critically assessed the new and supposedly exaggerated role of design.

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Thinking about life’s elasticity

by Nora Sobich

Thinking about life’s elasticity
Whether a silk stocking, a small pig on a trampoline or the human brain, artists and scientists have made any number of contributions on elasticity to the anthology "Findings on Elasticity" . The outcome is a conglomeration that lets the reader share in a creative thought-finding process.
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Just stay calm

by Kathrin Luz

Just stay calm
It is not easy to portray design as a process. The book "Design is a nervous thing", which features the "Satellite"projects by the Stuttgarter Akademie der Bildenden Künste makes a stab at it - combining text and images. Sadly, it fails to achieve the right balance.

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Back when Chandigarh was being built

by Sandra Hofmeister

Back when Chandigarh was being built
Ernst Scheidegger's photos of the Indian city of Chandigarh document the reality of a utopia being built. More than 50 years later and previously unpublished, the photos are now appearing for the first time in an illustrated book.
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Whetting the Appetite for Minimalist Spaces

by Markus Frenzl

Whetting the Appetite for Minimalist Spaces
Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen links combines shapes and perfect detailing in his designs with a great eel for materials. And is thus in the very best elegant Modernist company. The monograph of his "Complete Works" for the first time comprehensively presents his projects of the last two decades.
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The drapes and the Porsche

by Thomas Wagner

The drapes and the Porsche
Anyone who expects to find a book about cars between the covers of "The Porsche Book" will be wrong. The focus here is instead on the stagings by photo designer Frank M. Orel. The cars tend to play only a secondary role.
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Lots of colorful building blocks

by Werner Lippert

Lots of colorful building blocks
Recently published, the "Container Atlas" provides evidence that a new age of container architecture has dawned. It follows the trend towards temporary buildings trend and is a kind of pop-up architecture that no longer lays claim to historical longevity.
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Jotted down on paper

by Sandra Hofmeister

Jotted down on paper
Ideas, sketches, creative processes: The exhibition "The Hand of the Designer" at Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan presents drawings by designers and architects and demonstrates the importance of hand sketches in the digital age.

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Yesterday’s Talents are the Talents of Tomorrow

by Claudia Beckmann

Yesterday’s Talents are the Talents of Tomorrow
Our society seems to be an unparalleled generator of talents. Seldom in history has so much effort been devoted to talent scouting and, what is more, been rewarded. Ever new compilations are published for us.

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Design debate to the power of three

by Kathrin Luz

Design debate to the power of three
A valuable, collectable design object is resplendent on every page. The Zurich Museum of Design presents its collection in a practical, almost square but good book.

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The Language of Things

by Nora Sobich

The Language of Things
In the book "The Language of Things" the director of the Design Museum in London writes about his future vision of a world drowning in things and a society that produces these things.

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Sergeant Pepper’s Longing for the Fur Cup

by Thomas Wagner

Sergeant Pepper’s Longing for the Fur Cup
Don't think graphic designers would be content with giving surfaces an appealing design. They too feel the urge to break out into the freedom of 3D. What happens when they do so can be marveled at in the book ‘Drei D - Grafische Räume.'

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Live like a German Chancellor

by Markus Frenzl

Live like a German Chancellor
Sep Ruf's international breakthrough came with the German Pavilion at the 1958 World Exhibition in Brussels, co-designed jointly by the architect and Egon Eiermann. For a long time, Ruf's fame was confined to the professional world. Now, a major publication of his work has been published to celebrate the centenary of his birth.

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Letters, patterns and demontage

by Sandra Hofmeister

Letters, patterns and demontage
The first monograph by Jürgen Mayer H. was published in the autumn. The cover probably already announced a new decorative style - natural numerals in the print colours CMYK reproduced over and over again, which when decoded from a distance turns out to be the Mensa Moltke student dining hall, the work, which made him famous. On the inside of the book, the game of figures and patterns goes on, on a page which separates practice from theory.

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Designers don't drink from paper cups

by Markus Frenzl

Designers don't drink from paper cups
Achille Castiglioni, Andrea Branzi, Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Richard Sapper talk in these short "Design Interviews", which are now out on DVD, about their paths to what was still, at that time, a new discipline, about their own development and careers, about their search for design solutions, which, for the most part, still owed greater allegiance to society than to industry.

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Every presentation must have its dignity

by Thomas Wagner

Every presentation must have its dignity
“Something to put something on”. This is the name of the new book by Lawrence Weiner. It aims to be nothing but a “question structure.” For the artist, who fills walls as well as manhole covers with wonderful sentences, does something to start something off. “That is the lovely thing about a book,” says Weiner, “it does not force anything on you, it only presents something. If it is useful, people will pass it on to others.”

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Ludovica + Roberto Palomba: The New Bath World

by Daniel von Bernstorff

Ludovica + Roberto Palomba: The New Bath World
A book has been published just in time for the Milan Furniture Fair - on the oeuvre of Ludovica + Roberto Palomba.