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Motto was started by Alexis Zavialoff around 2007, and initiated as a distribution company for Switzerland, specializing in magazines and fanzines, a service which hardly existed before on the Swiss territory.

The number of available publications kept growing and it now comprises more than 35000 titles, the catalogue being constantly updated. After establishing collaborations with major international distributors, the interest in books and smaller self-published items came naturally and it now constitutes a major part of Motto’s focus.

Motto distributes more than 150 publishers to a more than a 100 locations worldwide.

In December 2008 Motto opened its first permanent bookstore, in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The store is a natural progression from the traveling temporary bookshops that Motto has organized since 2007, first in Switzerland and then internationally. The temporary locations include Vilnius, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Moscow, Vancouver, Stuttgart, Athens, Seoul, Tokyo, Paris, Helsinki, Tbilissi, Kyiv, Prishtina, San Francisco, Istanbul, (…)

A particularity of Motto is to offer the possibility of finding back issues of selected magazines, and also a wide selection of artists’ publications, including more experimental projects in sometimes very small print runs.

The location, an old frame factory in a Kreuzberg courtyard, strongly influences the spirit of the project. The space, a single room of 90 m², is furnished in old dark wood. Shelves and glass showcases allow a rotating display of selected publications. A long table and chairs in the middle of the space allow friendly browsing.

Motto Berlin regularly functions as a space for book and magazine presentations, as well as special evenings dedicated to different discussions around publishing about art, graphic design, photography, typography and related matters. The publications displayed complete an intense programme of exhibitions, screenings, talks and presentations.

Legal addresses:

Motto Books SA
c/o Constantin Suisse SA
Rue du Jeu-de-l’Arc 15
VAT-No.: CHE260636757TVA

(any advertising and samples going to this address will not be forwarded)

Motto Berlin
Alexis Zavialoff
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
U1 Schlesisches Tor
Ph: +49 (0)30 48816407

VAT: DE265778142

Any reproduction of contents, materials or images from Motto’s website and archive is prohibited without written permission from Motto’s staff.

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