Another week, another lot of Things. This week we have the latest issue of Monika (a publication I realise I know very little about), two stunning books from Gestalten, a mailer for a new graphic T-shirt range taking inspiration from the capital and 10 Penneth, a great piece of print you might recognise from last week.
I have to be honest, I don’t really understand Monika, as stated on their ‘Monika is an arts journal that does away with bylines. As respite from the exhaustive branding of conventional media, contributors adopt a disguise that enables them to experiment with new material or style, to bypass expectation and to play. By placing the quality of her content over the marketability of her contributors, Monika invites readers to decode identities, unravel mysteries and embrace the unfamiliar’. So essentially you don’t know who’s done what, don’t let that put you off though as the content reads well and it looks fantastic.
Urban Interventions. Personal Projects in Public Places
Editors R. Klanten and M. Huebner. Published by Gestalten
The first of two books we’re reviewing from Gestalten this week, Urban Interventions showcases the personal projects from public places (the clue’s in the title). You’ll recognise many of the projects that are featured from various blogs and websites but what Gestalten do so consistently well is surprise you with projects you won’t have seen before. Another 250+ page triumph highly recommended.
Nice promotional piece from A.D London, the 12 inch record sleeve houses information on the concept T-shirt collection that takes inspiration from historical events that have shaped London into the city it is today. Launching on 14 June we’ll be keeping an eye out…
www.a-d-london.com (site under construction)
Arcadia. Cross-Country Style, Architecture and Design
Editors R. Klanten, S. Ehmann and L. Feireiss. Published by Gestalten
It’s books like this that make me think we should feature more architecture on the blog, it also makes me think I should move house. Page after page of stunning contemporary alpine and backcountry architecture and interior design.
10 Penneth Created by Craig Oldham
Pointed in the direction of 10 Penneth by Ben Terrett last week we were lucky enough to get our hands on one this week and it really is a treat. Not just great sentiments (Ideas are whores has to be a favourite), there’s intelligent, digestible commentary to accompany them.
- Activism, raving and vintage cookbooks – highlights from Nicer Tuesdays June
- Patrick Savile’s dreamy designs draw from 70s airbrush art, Roger Dean and Turing patterns
- Illustrator Nathan Cowdry depicts an unusual dialogue between two strangers in his new comic, Shiner
- Our round-up of this year’s UK grad show identities and show designs
- Nathalie du Pasquier opens first solo show in UK for almost 25 years
- Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy