CATALOGUE OF STREET FURNITURE. Natasha Krymskaya, Daniil Chikaev

Posted in architecture, books, design on January 5th, 2023
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Pocket-sized street furniture catalogue expresses love for scraps of wood, tattered oilcloth, pieces of organolith and other derelict materials. This furniture is super-nature layer dissolved in our cities. Collection of furniture is protected from the modern habits of fast consumption and meets the highest aesthetic standards. It is free of superficial, fashionable tendencies. Through its simplicity and logic, it reflects the honesty and authenticity of the materials from which it is made.

Numbered, third edition of 50
2022

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Intuitions. Naço, Marcelo Joulia. Rupture & Imbernon; Éditions Empire

Posted in architecture, books, design on January 2nd, 2023
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Creating, traveling, drawing, and building: such is the DNA of the exuberant architect and designer Marcelo Joulia. Driven from his home country of Argentina by the 1976 military coup, this personal trauma gave him the strength to be a great builder. For thirty years, his agency Naço —‘intuition’ in the Guarani language—has been the laboratory of a global and inventive architecture, aiming to decompartmentalise genres and trades, and mixing knowledge, arts, and professional backgrounds together. Belonging to no specific school, and fiercely attached to his independence and freedom, he has imagined a unique creative space in which expertise and rigor both flourish within the domains of luxury, urban mobility, and major architecture. As an insatiable adventurer, he is able to take an interest in anything —large-scale buildings, design, furniture, bicycles, boats— while not denying himself anything. His passion revolves around teamwork and bringing talents together to conceive of new worlds. As an epicurean, a generous person passionate about art and gastronomy, Marcelo Joulia creates places in his image: unique, welcoming, and always dynamic.

This book showcases the vision of a man and an agency that has surrounded itself with the best and strived to bring to life a demanding and iconoclastic architecture, and carry it forth into the future.

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Who Can Afford To Be Critical? Alfonso Matos (Ed.). Set Margins’

Posted in critique, design, graphic design, Theory, writing on December 20th, 2022
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‘Critical Designers’ produced by an increasing number of design schools are prompted to address social, political and environmental issues through their practices. Yet, who can afford to continue such effort after graduation?

In a dynamic style holding multiple voices, “Who Can Afford To Be Critical?” discusses the limits that affordability, class and labour impose upon the educational promise of holding a ‘critical’ practice. Why do we tend to ignore the material and socioeconomic constraints that bind us as designers, claiming instead that we can be powerful agents of change? In fact, where does our agency lie?

Instead of focusing on the dream of ethical work under capitalism, could we, instead, focus first on designers’ own working conditions, targeting them as one immediate site for collective action? And can we engage politically with the world not necessarily as designers, but as workers, as activists, as citizens?

With contributions by Silvio Lorusso, J. Dakota Brown, Marianela D’Aprile, Evening Class, Somnath Batt, Danielle Aubert, Jack Henrie Fisher, Alan Smart, Greg Mihalko and DAE students 2021/2022.

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Coll.#01. Martin Vácha, Daniel Quisek, Andrea Vacovská (Eds.). Displaay Type Foundry

Posted in books, design, graphic design, typography on December 14th, 2022
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Coll.#01 is the first comprehensive catalogue of Displaay’s current typeface collection. It is a guide to twenty typeface families as well as an insight into upcoming typefaces and custom projects. For bookworms, it can serve as a tour guide through the labyrinth of wikipedia topics that occupy our minds. Available with three different coloured edges, red, green and blue.

Displaay is an independent type foundry established in 2014 and based in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Radical Pedagogies. Beatriz Colomina, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister (Eds.) The MIT Press

Posted in architecture, art, books, design, pedagogy, research on October 7th, 2022
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Experiments in architectural education in the post–World War II era that challenged and transformed architectural discourse and practice.

In the decades after World War II, new forms of learning transformed architectural education. These radical experiments sought to upend disciplinary foundations and conventional assumptions about the nature of architecture as much as they challenged modernist and colonial norms, decentered building, imagined new roles for the architect, and envisioned participatory forms of practice. Although many of the experimental programs were subsequently abandoned, terminated, or assimilated, they nevertheless helped shape and in some sense define architectural discourse and practice. This book explores and documents these radical pedagogies and efforts to defy architecture’s status quo.

The experiments include the adaptation of Bauhaus pedagogy as a means of “unlearning” under the conditions of decolonization in Africa; a movement to design for “every body,” including the disabled, by architecture students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley; the founding of a support network for women interested in the built environment, regardless of their academic backgrounds; and a design studio in the USSR that offered an alternative to the widespread functionalist approach in Soviet design. Viewed through their dissolution and afterlife as well as through their founding stories, these projects from the last century raise provocative questions about architecture’s role in the new century.

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La Grida Loca. Maximage. ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design)

Posted in books, design, graphic design on July 31st, 2022
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A tool for students and professional designers.

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Zeitschrift #24: Acid

Posted in art, magazines, photography, writing on November 28th, 2013
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ACID #24

Featuring: Kerstin Cmelka, Megan Francis Sullivan & Sabine Reitmaier, Gavin Morrison & Scott Myles, William Morris, Jan Tschichold, Herbert Beyer, Quinn Latimer, Jennifer West, Brian Holmes and Magda Tothova and many more.

Plus, free Flexi Disc: Eva-Tone Soundsheet Modulator 2013, by Florian Hecker.

Price: €4.00

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Dear Herb. ECAL.

Posted in design, distribution, history, magazines, photography, typography on November 23rd, 2013
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Dear Herb. ECAL.

In October 2012, a group of 10 students from the Master Art Direction course at ECAL travelled to New York for a one week workshop at the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. This publication is the result of interviews and photographic interpretations of the heritage of Herb Lubalin, with a specific focus on and around Eros Magazine.

Price: €12.00

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Mockup x 36. Pierre Fantys, François Rappo. ECAL.

Posted in books, design, photography on November 23rd, 2013
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Mockup x 36. Pierre Fantys, François Rappo. ECAL.

This book published by ECAL brings together editorial projects and images produced by students under the leadership of Pierre Fantys and François Rappo, in charge of the ECAL Art Direction Master from 2009 to 2012, as well as students from the editorial design course by the Visual Communication Department (Bachelor Photography, Media & Interaction Design, Graphic Design) and by the Master Art Direction). All the works included and the publication itself represent that last phase of the R&D project in Multimodal Publishing supported by the HES-SO strategic fund (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland).

Softcover, 1500 pages.
Language: French/English

Price: €35.00

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Matter Magazine #1. A Modern Journal For Men That Matter. Digital Good Times.

Posted in art, design, distribution, fashion, magazines, men on December 14th, 2011
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Matter Magazine #1. A Modern Journal For Men That Matter. Digital Good Times.

Matter is a new biannual publication that records the ways in which new and developing technology affects culture, lifestyle, fashion, and the arts.

Created by the studio behind the acclaimed arts and culture magazine Kilimanjaro, Matter shares the former’s curatorial approach to design and content. Designed to appeal to a consumer eager to tap into an ever-changing and increasingly sophisticated world, with particular regard to the twin disciplines of high-end design and culture, its inaugural issue is covered by the iconic trip-hop artist Tricky, who talks exclusively to Matter about music, imperfection, and reinvention.

Matter’s unique selling point is the fact that it is the first art and style publication to examine these subjects through the lens of modern technology; in doing so, it brings together the creative and the rational in a way which is rarely seen in the realms of printed matter.

First issue includes: Dieter Rams, Ole Scheeren, Matthew Collings, Pierre Huyghe & William Gibson. / Google’s Creative Director of Data Arts, Aaron Koblin, on digital art. / Iconic fashion designer Rick Owens presents an Anthology Of Colour. / Editor Jennifer Higgie on twenty years of Frieze magazine. / Art & The Automobile, featuring the American artists Richard Prince and Erwin Wurm. / Tate Exhibitions Curator Tanya Barson on the Lyon Biennale. / Celebrated conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, shot by NY underground photographer Ari Marcopolous. / Photographer – and former director of Dior Homme – Hedi Slimane’s best images of women.

D € 10

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