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Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle
The publication presents the designs of six internationally renowned bicycle builders whose embrace of the tradition of working in metal brings striking innovation to their craft. Through their manipulation of steel, aluminum and titanium, the builders of Bespoke produce racing bicycles that speed champion athletes to victory, mountain and cyclocross bicycles built to negotiate vertiginous terrain, urban bicycles that stylishly convey commuters, and randonneur bicycles elegantly stripped down for epic journeys. Candid portraits including builder’s inspirations, working methods and bicycles, lavishly photographed in great detail, highlight this exhibition at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. Bespoke offers a rich and intimate view of objects that sit squarely at the intersection of art, design, craft and performance.
With contributions by Michael Maharam and Sacha White (Vanilla Bicycles)
Photographs by D. James Dee
Includes bicycles by the following builders: Mike Flanigan (A.N.T), Jeff Jones, Dario Pegoretti, Richard Sachs, J. Peter Weigle
24 x 16.5 cm, 9 ½ x 6 ½ in, 128 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, softcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-204-0, e4 Foreword
10 The Soul of an Old Machine: A Conversation
18 Sacha White
46 Jeff Jones
58 Dario Pegoretti
74 Peter Weigle
90 Mike Flanigan
104 Richard Sachs
Your Chance Encounter
The acclaimed Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson developed a sequence of spatial experiments for his Your Chance Encounter exhibition in the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. His piece challenges visitors to move around and get their bearings, and stimulates them to see the museum as a public space for addressing art and reality critically.
The installations were developed especially for the exhibition. They are arranged in a tight context with the spatial structure of the museum and extend the concept of architecture by the Japanese architecture practice SANAA. Olafur Eliasson does not work only in the museum galleries, but also in the corridors in between and the adjacent courtyards, thus linking the indoor and outdoor areas closely and examining this museum’s unique qualities.
The artist’s book was created in close co-operation with Olafur Eliasson’s studio. Its elaborate design with an extensive pictorial section offers a comprehensive record of the exhibition and an important analysis of this successful artist’s work. An essay by art historian Eve Blau interprets the exhibition in relation to its surroundings and contrasts the experimental approaches of Olafur Eliasson and SANAA, while curator Hiromi Kurosawa introduces the history and context of the museum in Kanazawa.
With texts by Eve Blau, Hiromi Kursawa
24 x 20 cm, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in, 216 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, hardcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-211-8, e/jap.
Metahaven Uncorporate Identity
Edited by Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden, Vinca Kruk) with Marina Vishmidt
Bridging between design, geopolitics, architecture, and branding, Metahaven's Uncorporate Identity defies easy categorization as a monograph. The book is organized as a sequence of five chapters, dealing with data havens and statehood, post-communist architecture, visual legacies of the war on terror, tourist brands and border control, and social networks restructuring soft power, branding and governance internationally. With each chapter comprised of case studies, notes and essays, it explores visual identity in a networked and multi-polar world.
Uncorporate Identity is conceived and edited by Metahaven (Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk) with Marina Vishmidt, and has contributions by Boris Groys, David Singh Grewal, Vladimir Kolossov, Keller Easterling, Dieter Lesage, China Miéville, Chantal Mouffe, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Bruno Besana, Michael Taussig, Regula Stämpfli, Mihnea Mircan, Florian Schneider, Marina Vishmidt, and others.
17 x 24 cm, 6¾ x 9½ in, 608 pages, 400 illustrations, softcover (2010)
ISBN 978-3-03778-169-2, e"Uncorporate Identity questions the purpose and value of design in a neurotic and treacherous era of geopolitical instability." Alice Rawsthorn, International Herald Tribune
"An eye-opening and provocative book." Icon
"A sustained and multivalent investigation into the relationship between design and power, often using visual and design tactics themselves as the form of interrogation. (...) In an appropriately inside-out manner, Metahaven echo Wally Olins definition of corporate identity – 'strategy made visible' – but with an entirely opposite intent." Sam Jacob, Mute
"There hasn't been anything quite this ambitious from a design team since Bruce Mau hit his stride...Uncorporate Identity collects the critical design projects Metahaven has undertaken to date and amplifies them with new material." Rick Poynor, Creative Review
"After decades of corporate identity being reduced to logos, Metahaven has undertaken a larger project to explore identity in politics and culture, online and across borders. This expansive monograph is its own project – the transformation of a design practice into a research laboratory and think tank. An important book." Design Observer
"An important status report for design in the contemporary context (…) Metahaven’s book will be a strong contender for either the sexiest thing in your library carrel or the smartest thing in your beach bag." Alan Smart, Abitare
"One of the most innovative design studios in Europe." Süddeutsche Zeitung
"One of the most radical groups of designers in Europe (…) Metahaven use a research-based, speculative 'meta-design' practice to rethink the structural parameters and channels through which emerging organizational models and political paradigms inadvertently stumble upon a form of communication." Kaleidoscope
"manic and spell-binding"... "the visual forms that emerge in this speculation are fairly astounding: passports printed with cuneiform, bar codes that extrude into architectural space, postage stamps of mirrors and satellites, a national flag composed only of a field of gray, a monopoly board game that imagines the Parisian banlieues." Design Issues
Edited by Snøhetta
Snøhetta is a leading team of architects with offices in Oslo and New York. This first-ever publication to document their work presents the most important projects of these architects, who have been active internationally for fifteen years. These projects include the Library of Alexandria (2002), the New Opera House in Oslo (2008), and the Gateway Project in Ras Al-Khaimah, Dubai (2011), and the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion. Snøhetta’s works and projects revolve around a collaboration and interchange between various disciplines. Each of their projects is freshly observed and discussed according to the fundamental aspects of site, landscape, and context, in order to enable solutions to be discovered and developed. In this interweaving of disciplines Snøhetta involves locally and internationally renowned artists in the development of their projects. Working together with artists early on is also an expression of the curiosity and creative openness on the part of this internationally successful office, which is respected for its progressive working conidtions.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
22 × 28 cm, 8 ¾ x 11 in, 304 pages, 570 illustrations, hardcover (2009)
ISBN 978-3-03778-147-0, eForeword
Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
Other projects: cut in the ground/roof as a landscape
Sandvika Cultural Center
Other projects: box-like structure/ framing the landscape:
Karmøy Fishing Museum
Petter Dass Museum
Other projects: public spaces and buildings
National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavillion
Thure Erik Lund
Lillehammer Art Museum
Other projects: smooths forms and structures
Ras Al Khaimah Gateway project
Points of Origin
Ingerid H. Almaas
King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture
Tubaloon – Kongsberg Jazz Festival Band Shelter
Appendix«Das Bildmaterial wird in frischem schnörkellosen Layout präsentiert, die Fotos dokumentieren, mit welcher Sensibilität Snøhetta in ihren Bauten auf die Landschaft reagieren.»
«Die Gestaltung, die Foto- und Druckqualität, das hohe Niveau der Texte wie natürlich auch das der Arbeiten, von denen die meisten gar nicht oder lediglich irgendwo in Fachzeitschriften versteckt publiziert werden, machen diese erste Monografie zu einem hervorragenden Einstieg in ein komplexes wie zugleich singuläres Werk.»
in: dbz, Deutsche Bau Zeitschrift (D), 07/2009
The GulfResearch on Cities and Growth on the Arabian Peninsula
This accordion-fold booklet contains a series of analytical views of the Arabian coast of the Persian Gulf by AMO-OMA and colleagues from the American University of Sharjah, UAE. In a “futurized present,” these views seek to depict the current and unprecedented state of the region, which invites one to contemplate the design of a new version of urbanism. Like a pristine and untouched canvas, the sand and sea of the Persian Gulf coast constitute NEW a tabula rasa, waiting to receive the imprint of new identities. The West is guilty of a double negligence vis-à-vis this land of possibilities—something that actually has its origins in the West is not being taken seriously, and as a result we are unable to seize upon a burgeoning global phenomenon. This accordion-fold booklet is published to coincide with the 1 0th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
7.5 × 24 x 247.5 cm, numerous illustrations, softcover (2006)
ISBN 978-3-03778-088-6, e
Yad VashemMoshe Safdie – The Architecture of Memory
175 meters long, the museum bores lika a triangular beam through the Har Hazikaro, or Mount of Rememberance. It juts out from the hillside at either end, allowing visitors to enter and look out. This spectacular architecture is the setting for a lavish and impressive exhibition commemorating the Holocaust. The structure is the culmination of Moshe Safdie's work in Israel. The architect, a student of Louis Kahn who began his career with the sensational residential complex Habitat at the 1967 Montreal World's Fair, maintains offices in Boston, Toronto, and Jerusalem.
The museum, its architecture, and its series of interior spaces with their carefully designed exhibition facilities are documented in an indepth photo essay and are illustrated with texes and plans.
With contributions by Moshe Safdie, Joan Ockman, Avner Shalev, Elie Wiesel
Design: Integral Lars Müller
24 x 30 cm, 160 pages, 80 illustrations, hardcover (2006)
ISBN 978-3-03778-070-1, e
Pour Le CorbusierRené Burri, June 1962
In 1962 the young photographer René Burri, on the staff of the renowned photo agency MAGNUM, and known for his reportage and portraits, presented the architect, Le Corbusier, with a fold-out book, made with his own hands, containing photographs dating back to 1953, that he had taken of the architect in various situations.
This very personal gift is now a highly prized original owned by the Corbusier Foundation in Paris. The photographs it contains show Corbusier at the height of his creativity—in conversation, alone in his studio, at the construction site. They also convey the unmistakable atmosphere of his designs. This scrupulous facsimile reproduction comes with a text by René Burri and commentaries by the Corbusier connoisseur and editor Arthur Rüegg.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24.5 cm, 84 pages, 33 illustrations, hardcover, leporello (2006)
ISBN 978-3-03778-080-0, e/g/f
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WayshowingA guide to Environmental Signage Principles & Practices
This book by acclaimed graphic designer and author Per Mollerup looks for a more precise visual language for what sign designers actually do, which is to show the way. Unfortunately, as Mollerup points out, many designers never master the art of wayshowing themselves. For “wayshowing” relates to “wayfinding” as writing relates to reading and as talking relates to hearing: the purpose of “wayshowing” is to facilitate “wayfinding.” Mollerup examines international sign systems and architectural landmarks in detail with his trademark candour and good humour.
17 x 32 cm, 336 pages, 450 illustrations, hardcover (2005)
ISBN 978-3-03778-055-8, ePRINCIPLES
Wayfinding and wayshowing
Names and numbers
Mise en scène
Signage for the visually
Minimalism vs redundancy
Cases in point
Edited by Christian Eggenberger and Lars Müller
Published in collaboration with Swiss Televison (SRG SSR idée suisse).
With essays by Peter Pfrunder und Michail Shishkin
Switzerland has world-class photographers in Robert Frank, Werner Bischof and René Burri. Photosuisse is now taking a look at contemporary Swiss photography, which enjoys an international reputation with names like Thomas Flechtner, Annelies Strba, Balthasar Burkhard, Luc Chessex and Georg Gerster. Photosuisse is a “musée imaginaire” of current Swiss photography, putting forward some quite different viewpoints between the covers of a book. However diverse the positions presented might be, they share the specific precision of the photographic eye. Photosuisse sees itself as a photographic reader. It provides detailed information about 28 viewpoints, and an essay investigates whether there is a specifically Swiss way of shooting the world. The book is accompanied by two DVDs with film portraits of the 28 artists. These were produced by Swiss Television (SRG SSR idée suisse) as the book’s editor.
With contributions by Manuel Bauer, Stefania Beretta, Balthasar Burkhard Olaf Breuning, Luc Chessex, Olivier Christinat, Christian Coigny, Hans Danuser, Nicolas Faure, Alberto Flammer, Thomas Flechtner, Katrin Freisager, Georg Gerster, Michael v. Graffenried, Monique Jacot, Alain de Kalbermatten, Peter Knapp, Urs Lüthi, Gian Paolo Minelli, Minkoff/Olesen, Jean Mohr, Reto Rigassi, Luciano Rigolini, Gaudenz Signorell, Annelies ˇStrba, Beat Streuli, Alberto Venzago, Christian Vogt
16.5 x 24 cm, 432 pages, 250 photographs, softcover
Book with 2 DVDs (28 films) in a box
ISBN 978-3-03778-036-7, g/e/f/i
Felice VariniPoint of view
With a text by Fabiola Lopez
Felice Varini has been exploring architectural space with his painting for over twenty years. His sensitive interventions have fascinated observers all over the world, as his work makes seeing into a real experience. Varini takes enclosed spaces or the urban environment and arranges lines in them whose formal organization is not clear at first glance. Then, all of a sudden, a figure is revealed to the viewer at a single point, the “point of view”. If viewers leave the invisible co-ordinates of the point of view, the ostensible order is broken again.
This publication brings all the major works together, along with an essay by the art historian Fabiola Lopez, who explains Varini’s approach
and places it in art-historical terms.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 × 24 cm, 300 pages, 300 illustrations, hardcover (2004)
ISBN 978-3-03778-011-4, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-023-7, fFr.400.00
Stadt und ArchitekturEin Geflecht aus Geschichte, Erinnerung, Theorie und Praxis
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 256 pages, 180 illustrations, hardcover (2003)
ISBN 978-3-03778-020-6, g
Edited by Lars Müller
In Thomas Flechtner’s photographs, snow becomes a metaphor for timelessness, stillness, peace, distance, and loneliness. Both civilization and the untouched countryside succumb to the gentle weight of this element. These images make the viewer long for silence and transparency.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
29 x 37 cm, 9 x 11¾ in, 160 pages, 100 illustrations, hardcover (2002)
ISBN 978-3-907078-65-5, eThomas Flechtner is a nomad, wanderer and walker, in fact, a loner. He captures pure beauty on quasi-solipsistic quests for booty: ice-crystals of photography, poems from water and air.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
This Way - That Wayprints + posters exhibitions + environments
Keith Godard (b. 1940) is one of the most unusual personalities on the graphic design scene. His New York practice deals mainly with exhibition design. His posters also create sensations on a regular basis. All his work shares a striking degree of cheerfulness in form and colour, and a sense of humour that gives a hint of Godard's British origins. Despite this, the designer is committed to function and reduced graphics. He trusts the power of the idea. This small-format book is conceived as something that will inspire desigers wit courage.
"Godard's own sense of humor and respect for the public infuse each of his designs with a freshness and style that is lively and endearing." Edwin Schlossberg
11 x 11,5 cm, 128 pages, 110 illustrations, paperback (2001)
ISBN 978-3-907078-63-1, e
TMTrademarks designed by Chermayeff & Geismar Inc.
Hundreds of outstanding trademarks have been created by one design firm, Chermayeff & Geismar Inc., New York. Their logos and identity programs for high-profile corporations such as Mobil, Time Warner, Viacom, and Xerox, and for preeminent institutions such as the New York Public Library, Alvin Ailey Dance, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum of Modern Art, are instantly recognizable hallmarks of design. TM collects over 200 trademarks created over the 40-year history of the firm, which is led by Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, and Steff Geissbuhler. The variety and vitality of their works is reflexed in this visually rich book, which serves an inspiration for designers as well as a reference to the best in trademark design.
With a preface by Stefan Sagmeister
21.5 x 22 cm, 288 pages, 350 illustrations, hardcover (2001)
ISBN 978-3-907078-31-0, e
Habit – HabitatChrista de Carouge
Edited by Werner Blaser and Lars Müller
“Clothing as housing, the shell in which we live and breathe.” That is the credo of the cosmopolitan fashion designer, Christa de Carouge, who has roots in both Geneva and Zurich. Just as no-one changes their home without good reason, Carouge’s timeless creations are designed to last. The materials are of the finest quality, the color is almost always black, occasionally red or white. Silk is her preferred fabric, even for heavy-duty garments. Subtle folds and throws enclose the wearer’s form. No buttons, no hooks. The simplicity of the forms, the precious fabrics, and the life-style and life-sense that go with these are much desired today. And overwhelmingly successful. The architecture expert, Werner Blaser, goes into the background that applies here, and with a sideways glance at Mies van der Rohe’s leaning toward reduction and the sensitive material collages of Le Corbusier, he explores the way in which Christa de Carouge’s philosophy meets a particular need of people today, whose clothes must have identity, and combine comfort with aesthetics. The designer herself finds her own equilibrium and inspiration in travel.
24 x 26 cm, 216 pages, 180 illustrations, hardcover (2000)
ISBN 978-3-907078-16-7, g
TypographyMy Way to Typography
Since the 1970s Wolfgang Weingart has exerted a decisive influence on the international development of typography. In the late 1960s he instilled creativity and a desire for experimentation into the ossified Swiss typographical industry and reflected this renewal in his own work. Countless designers have been inspired by his teaching at the Basle School of Design and by his lectures. In Typography Weingart gives an unusual and frank narrative of his early life and development as a designer. For the first time he gives a comprehensive survey of his works over the past forty years, most of which are unknown.
22,5 x 27,5 cm, 8¾ x 10¾ in, 520 pages, 450 illustrations, hardcover (2000)
ISBN 978-3-907044-86-5, e/g«Kein lautes Buch, doch ein gewaltiges Buch, das in unprätenziösem schwarzweiss daherkommt und sich ganz auf Form, Fläche und Komposition konzentriert.»
The animals have come to be photographed for a beauty contest.
Markus Jakob tells the tale of these illustrious rendezvous. The protagonist of the story is the timid donkey. In Balthasar Burkard’s portraits all the animals are equally beautiful.
“Click” is the first in a series of artist’s books for children.
25 x 35 cm, 42 pages, 22 illustrations, spiral binding (1999)
ISBN 978-3-907044-57-5, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-907044-56-8, f
ISBN 978-3-907044-37-7, g
Since completing the thermal bath in Vals/ Graubünden (1996) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Bregenz/Austria, Peter Zumthor has become one of the most renowned architects in Europe. His buildings and projects inspire enthusiasm with their peerless exactitude, their poetry and a radical, independent aesthetics and vocabulary of forms. This publication is the first complete survey of Peter Zumthor’s euvre. The book presents his eight buildings (1986–1997), with a photo essay by Hélène Binet.
The descriptive commentaries were written by Peter Zumthor himself.
24 x 30 cm, 320 pages, 164 duotone illustrations, 40 color illustrations, 120 plans and drafts, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-907044-58-4, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-907044-42-8, dFr.2,400.00
Paradoxe Raumanordnungen, fiktive Architekturen, suggestive Räume. Bernard Voïtas Fotografien sind Arbeiten eines Plastikers, der den dreidimensionalen Raum und seine zweidimensionale Darstellung untersucht. Seine Konstruktionen sind (scheinbare) Trugbilder. Sie fordern mit Humor und fröhlicher Ironie zur Entschlüsselung auf. Die Publikation zeichnet die Entwicklung des Künstlers nach und dokumentiert die Werkzyklen seit 1987 vollständig.
Mit Texten von Laurent Adert («Der Raum und der Ort») und Daniel Kurjaković («Der Schatten war ohne Bewegung»).
21 x 27,5 cm, 120 pages, 58 illustrations, hardcover (1997)
ISBN 978-3-907044-38-4, e/g/f
Chairman - Rolf Fehlbaum
Edited by Tibor Kalman
"Chairman" is the poetic and humorous portrait of an exceptional entrepreneur. With Vitra, makers of chairs and office furniture, Rolf Fehlbaum sets new standards, in the world of business and in the promotion of architecture and design. Tibor Kalman's pictorial essay tells the story from the invention of the chair and the innovative designs of Charles and Ray Eames to the impressive success story of Vitra, initiated and pursued with inspired perseverance by Rolf Fehlbaum.
Published by the German Design Council on the occasion of the Federal Award for Design Leadership, presented in 1997 to Rolf Fehlbaum.
12,5 x 15,3 cm, 4¾ x 7'', 592 pages, 650 illustrations, hardcover (1997)
ISBN 978-3-907044-46-9, e
Annelies Štrba — Shades of Time
Edited by Lars Müller
Annelies Štrba has taken the lead in recent European photography. Her photography materializes the art of perception. Pictures of her home and family keep a highly idiosyncratic record of memories, which startles outsiders with its universality: intimate domesticity, house, kitchen, sleeping children. Her composition in this publication of 290 photographs confronts the intimacy of private life not only with places of catastrophe and horror, like Kobe, Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Auschwitz, but also with melancholy, mysterious landscapes and impressionistic pictures pf pure beauty. In her essay, "Five Approaches to A.Š." Ilma Rakusa has found adequate expression for this exceptional oeuvre.
"... her pictures embody the gaze from inside out. The beholder must practice this perspective vice versa in order to apprehend the deeper meaning of these seemingly banal slices of life. The seductive pull between sensuality and intellect requires constant reassessment of one's own view of things." Neue Zürcher Zeitung
16,5 x 24 cm, 344 pages, 290 illustrations, hardcover (1997)
ISBN 978-3-907044-35-3, g/e
Published by Fotomuseum Winterthur
There is a conspicuously strong tradition among Swiss artists and photographers to examine, explore, probe, celebrate and experiment with images. Initially this payful approach to discovery and invention was pursued largely in the medium of the drawing and, from the 70s, in photography as well. In this publication, research sheds its serious demeanor in order to enjoy the opulence and wit of earnest play.
With an essay by Urs Stahel.
24 x 30 cm, 96 pages, 90 illustrations, hardcover (1996)
ISBN 978-3-907044-04-9, g
StereoThe 3-D image as a phenomenon of perception
Herausgegeben von Hans Knuchel
"Be glad that you are able to understand what you have observed. Savor your omnipotence over a cup of coffee. But above all: stick to the rules of the game. Play!" An irresistible book that starts off with a real pair of 3-D stereos-copic glasses built into the cover. Stereos is an interactive three-dimensional delight that includes thirty amazing 3-D images. Each invites the eye to explore a fantastic, dizzying geometric playground of perception. This is a genuinly fun art book — an ideal gift.
14 x 24 cm, 80 pages, 30 stereo pictures, 3-D glasses, hardcover (1990)
ISBN 978-3-906700-31-1, e/d/f