Our publishing house makes no concessions to trends and fashion, except in cases where we subject them to a thoroughgoing analysis. We focus on researching complex subjects, interrogating process and method, documenting historic milestones, and occasionally facilitating insights into exemplary praxis. A long-term collaboration exists between the press and the Museum of Design Zürich and the Department of Design at the Zurich University of the Arts.
From June 2016
Neo-Prehistory – 100 VerbsNeo Prehistoria — 100 Verbi 新先史時代 — 100の動詞
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.
6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 290 pages, 160 images, softcover.
ISBN 978-3-03778-493-8€35.00 / $39.00 / £29.00
From June 2016
Konstantin Grcic Abbildungen / Figures
In devising a concept for the Abbildungen exhibition, Konstantin Grcic thought back to one of his earliest designs, an additional pedestal for a sculpture by Constantin Brancusi. This became the leitmotif of his staging of twenty-one selected objects. The exhibition is the underpinning for the conception of this publication, which turns its gaze on the media-framing of Grcic’s design objects. First researched in early magazines, company prospectuses, flyers and other print media, the selected pieces are presented here as reproductions of reproductions. The publication is accompanied by an in-depth analysis by Robin Schuldenfrei, Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, who, in presenting Konstantin Grcic’s oeuvre to the German-speaking world, examines it from a historical perspective for the first time. Finally, the staged gallery spaces at Kunsthalle Bielefeld are documented in photographs by Wolfgang Günzel, Offenbach. KONSTANTIN GRCIC (*1965) studied Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art in London and was assistant to Jasper Morrison. He founded his own design studio in 1991.
7 ¾ x 9 ½ in, 432 pages, 300 images, softcover.
ISBN 978-3-03778-505-8€40.00 / $45.00 / £30.00
From June 2016
Findings on Light
Edited by Hester Aardse and Astrid Alben
Based on the idea that creativity and curiosity are fundamental to both art and science, PARS presents their third work in their Findings on... series. It presents works centered around the topic of “ Light.”Every living organism needs light to live and survive — the body’s circa dian rhythms, neurological and biochemical processes, they all need light to function.
A collection of fascinating, and sometimes unbelievable, research, this book joins the series after “ Ice” and “Elasticity.”
20 x 27 cm, 7 ¾ x 10 ¾ in, 200 pages,
ISBN 978-3-03778-490-7€35.00 / $39.00 / £29.00
Shippable in May 2016
Das Andere (The Other)Ein Blatt zur Einführung abendländischer Kultur in Österreich
Edited by Beatriz ColominaIn 1903, Adolf Loos, one the sharpest and most influential architects and critics of the 20th century, edited the astonishing journal "Das Andere" (The Other), subtitled "A Journal for the introduction of Western Culture into Austria". The journal was entirely written by Loos who also did the graphic design and even the advertisements. Nothing was off limits, from fashion to masturbation. It is a kind of manual to modern life. Only two issues were published and it was never translated into English, yet it takes us directly to the heart of Loos’s polemical position. It is one of the most important documents of modernity, a radical and sometimes shocking statement. The publication was born out of Loos’s aversion to the hypocrisy and superficial aestheticization of life in Austria, which he saw embodied by the “Secession” movement and the “Wiener Werkstätte.” As a counterbalance, "Das Andere" showed Loos’s admiration for the fashion and culture of England and America. He scrutinizes every element of contemporary life with an acerbic wit. This facsimile edition allows today’s readers to discover Loos’s little magazine anew. Beatriz Colomina supplements the facsimile with an extensive critical introduction.
8 ¼ x 9 ½ in, 21 x 24 cm
softcover (facsimile) 2 x 16 pages, with commentary and transparent slipcase. 2016
ISBN 978-3-03778-481-5 Deutsch/English€35.00 / $28.00 / £25.00
Coinciding with the new edition of the bestseller Designing Design, Kenya Hara’s latest book, Exformation, searches for the beginning of design in the unknown.
For Kenya Hara, design begins with comprehension of the unknown. The concept of “exformation,” to which a chapter was already devoted in Designing Design, continues to preoccupy the Japanese designer. In contrast to “information,” “exformation” describes how little we really know and thus becomes the starting point for any type of design. Based on a range of projects stemming from Kenya Hara’s teaching at the Musashino Art University, the book describes what “exformation” can look like in design practice and how this concept alters our classic understanding of information design. Following the path embarked on in Designing Design (2007) and its successor, White (2010), Ex-formation continues to explore the void, absence, and indeterminacy in contemporary design
11,8 x 16 cm, 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ in, ca. 480 pages, ca. 500 pictures, Softcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-466-2, Englisch€30.00 / $35.00 / £22.00