November 29, 2011

Tas-ka, Jantien Baas and Hester Worst

Today I spotted a very nice shopping world with a very fine selection of special books and magazines. It's a webshop called Collectedbytas-ka, opened 2008 by Jantien Baas and Hester Worst. Follow Jantien and Hester on their blog or make some face-to-face shopping at the Prins Hendrikstraat 97, The Hague, where the Tas-ka shop is placed.

Tas-ka is a Dutch design company which sells its own collection as well as many products (fabrics, kitchen and living accessoires, stationery ...) by other designers from all over the world. 

ABC met Fiep and 123 met Fiep by Fiep Westendorp

Pop up book: In het bos van de luiaard (French: Dans la foret du paresseux, German: Das Faultier im Pop-up-Wald), by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud

Surrur, make your own Marimekko by designer Mari Savio and photographer Kati Rapia

(All images by Tas-ka, you can buy all books on their webshop)

November 28, 2011

Tomi Ungerer, apartamento, Heike Makatsch and Max Martin Schröder

I've found a nice little book in a pitiful state at the flea market. Here it is, the image is flattering. But lucky me, it is the first children's book by Tomi Ungerer. The American edition The Mellops go Flying was originally published in 1957.

Today Tomi Ungerer celebrates his eightieth birthday! Here he is in the marvelous magazin apartamento, issue 06.

And here are some more illustrations by him, first published in Das große Liederbuch. It's a Booklet of a CD released in 2009 by Diogenes with famous German children's songs vocalized by Heike Makatsch and arranged by her partner Max Martin Schröder aka derhundmarie. All Germans know Heike Makatsch and for those who don't know her by name: She played the dark-haired secretary Mia in Love Actually. To hear something from Max Schröder pleaaase click here!

November 25, 2011

Niggli Colour Calendar 2012 and Anne de Villèle

It's the seventh year with the legendary Colour Calendar mixed by Moritz Zwimpfer and published in Niggli Verlag. And 2012 you get one colour plus once again since 2008 - thanks to the leap year.

How to use the inspiring colour pages shows French Artist Anne de Villèle. 365 days with 365 drawings, have a look on her blog.

November 24, 2011

Hello Berlin Guide and Small Caps

I'm a fan of Sabrina Sundermann's work already for a while. She is a graphic designer who loves working with paper, letters and a letterpress machine. With Jana Muraitis aka Basteltüte she has illustrated the lovely Berlin Guide, published in Berlin Story Verlag. It's a pretty good idea to take a guidebook with a postcard in it, some space for notes and finds "on the road", tips for karaoke and many more. The English edition is now available hereOn Facebook are some nice photos of the book in action. And have a look at the other fine little paper goods by Small Caps. I like the envelopes a lot.

(Images: Sabrina Sundermann/Small Caps)

November 23, 2011

Doris Freigofas, Daniel Dolz, Golden Cosmos and Nobrow 6

Currently the Münchner Bücherschau takes place at the Munich Gasteig. It's not a big show, but always worth visiting and as you can imagine I've had a close look at "Die schönsten deutschen Bücher", selected by the Stiftung Buchkunst. The competition for best book design is being restructured by the way: For German books published between 1 November 2010 and 31 March 2012 the competition closes on 31 March 2012. 
This impressive screenprinted book „Von einem, der auszog das Fürchten zu lernen“ by Berlin based illustrator Doris Freigofas was rewarded with an honorary appreciation in the international competition "Best Book Design From All Over The World 2011". It's an adaption of the German fairy tale "The Youth Who Went Forth To Learn What Fear Was" by the Brothers Grimm and tells the story of a boy and his coming-of-age.

(Images: Doris Freigofas/Golden Cosmos)

Doris Freigofas works together with Daniel Dolz under the name Golden Cosmos. Look at their facebook page for current projects. Here is their contribution for Nobrow Magazine No 6

It's a double flip-cover issue and twice the size of their previous editions, with 60 pages of illustrations and 60 pages of comics to the theme of Doubles or Doppelgangers by many, many wonderful talented artists, among them Katja SpitzerSean LewisGwenola Carrere


November 22, 2011

Max Kruse and Horst Lemke

Hello everyone! This is the first book by famous German children's book author Max Kruse, who celebrated his ninetieth birthday on Saturday. Der Löwe ist los (Thienemann) was originally published in 1952. Kruse is a son of doll maker Käthe Kruse and sculptor Max KruseToday I took some snapshots of the charming illustrations by Horst Lemke, who illustrated books by Erich Kästner and Astrid Lindgren as well. More ingenious pen and ink drawings from the artist here

November 21, 2011

Frank Viva

Recently the New York Times has published their list of the Best 10 Illustrated Children's Books in 2011. Among them the great Along a Long Road (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), written and illustrated by Canadian illustrator and graphic designer Frank Viva. His striking illustrations have appeared in the New York Times and on the cover of the New Yorker. Frank Viva is also Creative Director at Viva & Co. and Co-founder at WhigbyHis second children's book is planned to be released in 2013. Keep your eyes on the TOON Books blog. Meanwhile enjoy some cycling!

(Images from Along a Long Road)

To buy a copy click here or here.

To buy a print click here.

(Images: Viva & Co. Inc. via

Rebound books

New year is not far off. How about a new wall calendar via  
12 months, 12 record covers bound together to flip to a new cover each month, including original illustrations by Cailan Burns

All stationary is handmade and recycled in Melbourne, Australia. Natalie and Ben Mason, who founded rebound books in 2005, reuse discarded hardcovers to fill them with 100% recycled paper. What a great idea! Here are some finds from their website. I like the French journals a lot.

(All images:

November 19, 2011

Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

Since I've seen this book on design*sponge some days ago, I've had a post-it on my screen remembering me to find out more about the author Colin Meloy and the illustrator Carson Ellis. They are married, that's in itself very nice. They live in Portland, Oregon, with their son Hank. Colin is the singer and songwriter for the DecemberistsListen here and here (this I like most). And here, surprising to me. Find out more about the book. 

Carson illustrated bestselling books like The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, get a copy herehere and here.
Of course she is the illustrator for the band as well.

These are from the albums The Hazards of Love and the early Castaways and Cutouts.