We hope all our publications will enjoy a due success. Many are long sellers. Some are bestsellers on the international market. Of these we are especially proud.

  1. Signs for Peace
    Signs for Peace
    An Impossible Visual Encyclopedia

    Edited by Ruedi Baur and Vera Baur Kockot, Design2context

    Can one visualize peace? Are there signs, symbols, and images that present a positive image of peace as opposed to receiving their meanings in opposition to war? Over several years of research, the Design2context Institute has intensively examined the representation and representability of peace and has compiled a comprehensive collection of images. In order to include a number of historical, cultural, and political perspectives, the archival aspect is supplemented by workshops in crisis regions. The encyclopedia—which, as new sociopolitical situations continue to arise and call for new pictures, must inevitably remain incomplete—provides a broad overview of the iconography of peace, and is also intended to assist in gaining an understanding of the concept. This book represents a significant contribution to future discussions on the need and desire for peace in political and social life.

    Design: Megan Hall

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 600 pages, 1762 illustrations, paperback (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-243-9, English

    €40.00 / $55.00 / £35.00
  2. Encyclopedia of Flowers
    Gewinner 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012
    Encyclopedia of Flowers
    Flower Works by Makoto Azuma, photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki

    Edited by Kyoko Wada

    Encyclopedia of Flowers is a visual exploration of the breathtaking floral arrangements by Makoto Azuma—encounters of unusual, sometimes exotic plants that wouldn’t typically occur in nature. With his meticulously composed photographs,
    Shunsuke Shiinoki exposes the flowers’ tenuous existence, their fragile forms, continuous metamorphoses, and inevitable decay.

    In a contemporary manner, Encyclopedia of Flowers immerses the reader in a universe of extraordinary beauty while at the same time addressing dichotomies such as durability and vanity, artificiality and nature, hybrid culture and environmental change. This volume by the Japanese “haute-couture” florists includes an introduction by Makoto Azuma and an index identifying all of the more than 2,000 featured species with their binomial names.

    Design: Kenya Hara

    16.5 × 24.8 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 512 pages, 203 color illustrations, paperback in a transparent slipcase (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-313-9, English

    €58.00 / $85.00 / £50.00
  3. Torre David
    Gewinner 50 Books/50 Covers Competition 2012
    Torre David
    Informal Vertical Communities

    Edited by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zürich

    Photographs by Iwan Baan

    Torre David, a 45-story skyscraper in Caracas, has remained uncompleted since the Venezuelan economy collapsed in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home to more than 750 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous squat, that some
    have called a “vertical slum.”

    Urban-Think Tank, the authors of Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, spent a year studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-become home. Richly illustrated with photographs by Iwan Baan, the book documents the
    residents’ occupation of the tower and how, in the absence of formal infrastructure, they organize themselves to provide for daily needs, with a hair salon, a gym, grocery shops, and more. The authors of this thought-provoking work investigate informal vertical communities and the architecture that supports them and issue a call for action: to see in informal settlements a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of putting design in service to a more equitable and sustainable future.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9½ in, 416 pages, 406 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-298-9, English

    €45.00 / $60.00 / £38.00
  4. Imagining the House
    Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher 2012
    Wang Shu
    Imagining the House

    Buildings by Chinese architect Wang Shu—this year’s winner of the Pritzker Prize—feature clear and simple contemporary designs that make use of traditional methods and materials. The reuse of building materials is characteristic of his buildings.

    Shu’s design process always begins with an intense study of the location. The architect spends as long as possible on the site, absorbing its atmosphere. He then produces drafts in the form of hand-drawn sketches, creating them in relatively quick succession. Imagining the House follows this process in various buildings. Photographic documentation of the locations elucidate Shu’s on-site research. The reproductions of drawings in this book demonstrate how the designs change and become more concrete over the course of the process. The book provides unique insights into the work of an architect who has hitherto received little attention in Europe, thereby addressing a considerable omission in the publishing world.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    24 × 29.7 cm, 8 ¼ × 9 ½ in , 168 pages, 68 drawings, 15 photographs, paperback, Japanese binding (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-314-6, English

    €50.00 / $65.00 / £45.00
    – Sanhe House, Nanjing, China, 2003–
    – Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China (second phase), 2004–2007
    – Ningbo History Museum, Ningbo, China, 2003–2008
    – Expo 2010 Shanghai, Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion, Shanghai, China, 2009–2010
    – Tiles Hill: new reception center for the Xiangshan Campus, Hangzhou, China, 2010–
    – Tea House at Linyin Buddhist Temple, Hangzhou, China (still in design process), 2009–
    – Buddhist Institute Library of Hangzhou,
    Hangzhou, China, 2011–
  5. For Climate's Sake!
    For Climate's Sake!
    A Visual Reader of Climate Change

    Edited by René Schwarzenbach, Christian Rentsch, Klaus Lanz, and Lars Müller, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich

    For Climate’s Sake! sets itself the goal of conveying the knowledge revealed by current climate research in a manner that is both concise and appealing. It differs from other books on climate change principally in the way it is conceived as a visual reader that deliberately uses the effectiveness and power of the image to present the theme in a graphic way. Extensive series of images with large photographs and informative diagrams accompany well-researched essays on and around the themes of climate history, research and policy and thus offer an in-depth examination.

    The book provides insights into the history of the earth’s climate and reveals the factors that are responsible for climate change. It poses questions and provides answers: why is the earth becoming warmer? What are the consequences we must reckon with? What can we do against this? Who determines the future? As both a volume of illustrations and a reader For Climate’s Sake! Is directed at all those who want to equip themselves with knowledge and understanding to confront what is probably our planet’s most pressing problem.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 576 pages, 307 illustrations, hardcover (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-245-3, English
    ISBN 978-3-03778-244-6, German

    English,
    €45.00 / $65.00 / £40.00

    German,
    €45.00 / $65.00 / £40.00

    Climate History: Between Fireball and Ice Desert
    Climate System: Why the World is Getting Warmer
    Climate Consequences: Risks and "Residual Risks"
    Pathways in to the Future: Reality and Vision
    Global Climate Politics: Between Power and Powerlessness
  6. Five North American Architects
    Five North American Architects
    An Anthology by Kenneth Frampton

    In cooperation with Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

    Five North American Architects brings together five architectural practices that, while all distinct, share a particular sensibility for the impact of craftsmanship and climate on the generation of form, as well as a concern for the expressive tactility of material and the effect of light on the articulation of structure.

    Designed with a passion for detail, the book offers an indepth survey of recent work by Steven Holl (New York), Rick Joy (Tucson), John and Patricia Patkau (Vancouver), Stanley Saitowitz (San Francisco), and Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe (Toronto).

    The regional specificity of the work is considered against a larger North American context, allowing one to assess the practice of its architecture today.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, approx. 160 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, paperback (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-256-9, English

    €38.00 / $50.00 / £35.00
  7. Steven Holl – Scale
    Steven Holl
    Steven Holl – Scale
    An Architect's Sketch Book

    Edited by Lars Müller

    Following Written in Water (2002), this is the second publication devoted to Steven Holl’s legendary watercolors. Four hundred watercolors represent the creative process of this renowned and influential American architect and reveal his highly personal method developed over many years, containing preliminary ideas and sketches of all major projects.

    Holl is known for his sculptural architecture and his virtuosic use of light, and watercolors are the ideal means to visualize these characteristic aspects of his work. At a time of rapidly changing technology in the service of architectural design, these watercolors become spectacular examples of a low-tech method. The results are invariably original works of art. The water colors are juxtaposed with photographs of the built architecture and emphasize the crucial aspect of scale.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16,8 x 12,6 cm, 6 ½ x 5 in, 480 pages, 400 illustrations, hardcover (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-251-4, English

    €40.00 / $55.00 / £38.00
  8. Gigon/Guyer Architects
    Gigon/Guyer Architects
    Works & Projects 2001–2011

    Since it was set up in 1989 the office of Gigon/Guyer architects has conceived an impressive series of projects. The most important designs arried out include museums, housing projects, and office buildings. The recently completed Prime Tower and its annex buildings on the Maag site in Zürich have been internationally acclaimed.

    The monograph provides a sharply focused insight into how Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer understand architecture. The various concepts as well as the different constructions, materials, forms and colors that they employ in their projects are presented in an exhaustive documentation of their work that uses numerous photographs, plans and short texts. The three essays as well as a discussion between Patrick Gmür, Martin Steinmann and the architects offer in-depth reflection and contextualization.

    With essays by Gerhard Mack, Arthur Rüegg and Philip Ursprung

    Design: Gigon/Guyer with Integral Lars Müller

    16,5 x 24 cm, 6½ x 9½ in, approx. 552 pages, approx. 800 illustrations, hardcover (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-276-7, Englisch
    ISBN 978-3-03778-257-6, German

    English,
    €58.00 / $85.00 / £55.00

    German,
    €58.00 / $85.00 / £55.00

  9. What Anchors a House in Itself
    What Anchors a House in Itself
    Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler

    The Zürich architects Fuhrimann Hächler take on the most diverse building commissions. The present volume is devoted in particular to private residences, most of them realized for clients who are at home in the architectural and art scenes. These homes captivate by virtue of the clarity and simplicity of their constructive materials, their economically effective construction, and their haptic, sensual surfaces and flowing spatial transitions. Outstanding examples of their architecture include the Haus Presenhuber in Vnà (2007), the Haus Müller Gritsch in Lenzburg (2007) and their own residence in Zurich (2003).

    The text contributions take the reader beyond the featured residences while situating these within the overall oeuvres of the architects.

    With contributions by Hubertus Adam, Kurt W. Forster, Gianni Jetzer, Marie Theres Stauffer and the architects

    Photographs by Valentin Jeck

    Design: norm

    18,6 x 24,8 cm, 7 ¼ x 9 ¾ in, 216 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, hardcover (2010)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-240-8, e
    ISBN 978-3-03778-224-8, g

    English,
    €40.00 / $55.00 / £35.00

    German,
    €40.00 / $55.00 / £35.00

    2/170 Architects’ and Artists’ House on the Üetliberg
    34/180 Holiday House on the Rigi
    68/188 Müller Gritsch House
    102/196 Cemetery Building Erlenbach
    22/176 Riesbach Harbor Pavilion
    50/184 House in Central Switzerland
    84/192 Presenhuber House
    “It is easy to get caught up in the mesmerizing images of this book.”
    ArchDaily
  10. White
    Kenya Hara
    White

    “White” is not a book about colors. It is rather Kenya Haras attempt to explore the essence of “White”, which he sees as being closely related to the origin of Japanese aesthetics – symbolizing simplicity and subtlety. The central concepts discussed by Kenya Hara in this publication are emptiness and the absolute void. Kenya Hara also sees his work as a designer as a form of communication. Good communication has the distinction of being able to listen to each other, rather than to press one’s opinion onto the opponent. Kenya Hara compares this form of communication with an “empty container”. In visual communication, there are equally signals whose signification is limited, as well as signals or symbols such as the cross or the red circle on the Japanese flag, which – like an “empty container” – permit every signification and do not limit imagination. Not alone the fact that the Japanese character for white forms a radical of the character for emptiness has prompted him the closely associate the color white with emptiness.

    13.5 x 19,5 cm, 5¼ x 7¾ in, 64 pages, 4 illustrations, hardcover (2010)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-183-8, e
    ISBN 978-3-03778-182-1, g

    English,
    €25.00 / $30.00 / £20.00

    German,
    €25.00 / $30.00 / £20.00
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    Kenya Hara

    Kenya HARA, Graphic Designer
    Born in 1958. Graphic designer Kenya Hara served as the director of the Tokyo Fiber exhibition. He specializes in designing not objects but facts or events, such as identifications and communications. He produced the exhibition “RE-DESIGN_Daily Products of the 21st Century” in 2000, and through it he showed that the most marvelous sources of design were to be found in the context of daily life. In 2002, he became a member of the advisory board of MUJI and also took over as art director. In 2004, he produced the exhibition “HAPTIC_Awakening the Senses”. With this exhibition he demonstrated that within the contemporary context of design, in which designers tend to find their motivations spurred on by high technology, in fact vast resources for creation lay dormant in the human senses. He has directed work related to national events, such as the programs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Nagano Olympics, and the official posters of the Aichi Expo 2005. Based in Tokyo, he has been seeking future communication resources he finds within Japanese culture and technology. His book Designing Design has been translated into several Asian languages, and in 2007 he largely rewrote it for translation into English, for publication by Lars Müller Publishers, Switzerland. At present he is the representative of Nippon Design Center Inc. and Professor of Musashino Art University.

    “This meditation on the complexity of simple things is wonderfully clear and inviting to read and transports you miles away from the sometimes overwhelmingly fast, multilayered, complicated reality of working life as a designer.”
    Grafik Library, A Guide to Essential Reading, autumn 2009

    “Today, we seem to be experiencing a rationalisation
    of the senses. The art of refinement
    has been half-forgotten, and attentiveness to
    detail, absorption, and slow engagement are
    neglected. In his captivatingly light text on the
    concept of “white,” Kenya Hara counters this
    tendency. His personal journey through concepts,
    objects, and practices such as emptiness,
    paper, and the Japanese tea ceremony
    not only opens up a field of heightened nuance
    and refinement. By melding everyday observations
    with reflections on Japanese aesthetics
    and sensitivity, he also amplifies the need to
    critically revise our understanding of the senses.
    This important little book thus challenges
    the simplifications that inform much presentday
    thought concerning what can be felt,
    experienced, and emotionally negotiated.”
    Olafur Eliasson on 'White'
  11. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
    One of the Top 50 Sustainability Books
    R. Buckminster Fuller
    Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

    Edited by Jaime Snyder Reprint, Original 1969

    One of Fuller’s most popular works, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, is a brilliant synthesis of his world view. In this very accessible volume, Fuller investigates the great challenges facing humanity. How will humanity survive? How does automation influence individualization? How can we utilize our resources more effectively to realize our potential to end poverty in this generation? He questions the concept of specialization, calls for a design revolution of innovation, and offers advice on how to guide “spaceship earth” toward a sustainable future.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    12 x 18 cm, 4¾ x 7 in, 152 pages, softcover (2008)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-126-5, e
    ISBN 978-3-03778-188-3, f

    English,
    €15.00 / $20.00 / £15.00

    French,
    €15.00 / $20.00 / £15.00

  12. The Face of Human Rights
    The Face of Human Rights

    Edited by Walter Kälin, Lars Müller and Judith Wyttenbach

    “All men are born free and have an equal right to freedom,” states the UN Convention on Human Rights. Almost all nations have signed treaties to this effect, and yet reality looks rather different: everywhere people are tortured and executed, children starve to death and women are raped. And yet the work of the countless human rights actives all over the world is worth while. Proceedings can be instituted against states that fail to meet requirements, as human rights are internationally enshrined. One of humanities essential tasks is to implement them. This visual reader wants to make a contribution. The Face of Human Rights attempts to present all aspects of human rights visually and make them tangible. 720 pages demand that readers address the issues. Over 500 photographs show human rights infringements world-wide and the tireless struggle to implement and preserve those rights. The extensive selection of text explores the background and creates a dense network of links. 

    With contributions by Slavenka Drakulic´, Carlos Fuentes, Ryszard Kapus´cin´ski, Alexander Kluge, Sima Samar, Susan Sontag, Wole Soyinka and Margrit Sprecher

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 720 pages, 500 illustrations, hardcover (2008), softcover (german, second edition 2008)

    ISBN 978-3-30778-017-6, e (hardcover)
    ISBN 978-3-03778-114-2, g (softcover)

    English,
    €45.00 / $60.00 / £45.00

    German,
    €30.00 / $50.00 / £30.00

    “... excellently designed cover... one of the best-designed non-design books of recent years.”
    Grafik

    “The editors have fulfilled their task outstandingly. With their encyclopaedic knowledge they have presented human rights more powerfully than ever before.”
    Der Bund
  13. Designing Design
    Out of stock
    Kenya Hara
    Designing Design

    3rd edition, 2011

    Representing a new generation of designers in Japan, Kenya Hara (born 1958) pays tribute to his mentors, using long overlooked Japanese icons and images in much of his work. In Designing Design, he impresses upon the reader the importance of “emptiness” in both the visual and philosophical traditions of Japan, and its application to design, made visible by means of numerous examples from his own work: Hara for instance designed the opening and closing ceremony programs for the Nagano Winter Olympic games 1998. In 2001, he enrolled as a board member for the Japanese label MUJI and has considerably moulded the identity of this successful corporation as communication and design advisor ever since. Kenya Hara, alongside Naoto Fukasawa one of the leading design personalities in Japan, has also called attention to himself with exhibitions such as Re-Design: the Daily products of the 21st Century of 2000.

    16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ , 472 pages, 389 illustrations, hardcover (2007)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-105-0, e

    €55.00 / $55.00 / £50.00
    Kenya Hara

    Kenya HARA, Graphic Designer
    Born in 1958. Graphic designer Kenya Hara served as the director of the Tokyo Fiber exhibition. He specializes in designing not objects but facts or events, such as identifications and communications. He produced the exhibition “RE-DESIGN_Daily Products of the 21st Century” in 2000, and through it he showed that the most marvelous sources of design were to be found in the context of daily life. In 2002, he became a member of the advisory board of MUJI and also took over as art director. In 2004, he produced the exhibition “HAPTIC_Awakening the Senses”. With this exhibition he demonstrated that within the contemporary context of design, in which designers tend to find their motivations spurred on by high technology, in fact vast resources for creation lay dormant in the human senses. He has directed work related to national events, such as the programs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Nagano Olympics, and the official posters of the Aichi Expo 2005. Based in Tokyo, he has been seeking future communication resources he finds within Japanese culture and technology. His book Designing Design has been translated into several Asian languages, and in 2007 he largely rewrote it for translation into English, for publication by Lars Müller Publishers, Switzerland. At present he is the representative of Nippon Design Center Inc. and Professor of Musashino Art University.

    “ ... every page lovingly crafted. (...) It is a perfect balance of style and content, action and non-action.”
    Eye Magazine

    “It is a book to contemplate.”
    Artichoke

    “All the gorgeous designs presented within... none is more gorgeous than the book itself.”
    square.MAGAZINE
  14. Helvetica
    Lars Müller
    Helvetica
    Homage to a Typeface

    In 1957, Swiss typographer Max Miedinger came up with “Haas Grotesk”. Renamed Helvetica after 1960, this typeface went on to become one of the world’s most used typefaces ever. It embodies the myth of Sachlichkeit, propagated at the time by Swiss Typography. This book sings the praises of this shift-worker and solo entertainer of typefaces, of its forgotten creator and all those who have contributed to its unparalleled international march of triumph over the past forty years. The designs gathered together here in honour of Helvetica have been created by superb designers and anonymous amateurs from all over the world. They present a unique panoply of this icon of modern design. Superb applications are juxtaposed with an anonymous collection of ugly, ingenious, charming, and hair-raising samples of its use. Helvetica is not only the preferred typeface of leading professionals, it is also an all-time favourite among the multitude of codes and signals and commands that enliven urban life.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    12 × 16 cm, 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ in, 256 pages, 400 illustrations, softcover (2005)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-046-6, e

    €19.00 / $25.00 / £15.00
    Lars Müller

    Lars Müller (1955) founded his studio for visual communication and design 1982 in Baden, Switzerland. Since 1983 he has been a publisher with an international focus in the fields of architecture, design, art, photography, and society. He has taught on a regular basis, most recently at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Lars Müller is a Member of Alliance Graphique Internationale AGI.

    “Helvetica is the perfume of the city.”
    Lars Müller

    “A declaration of love of a particular kind in
    a small but elegant format. No design library
    should be without it.”
    Novum