December 29, 2011

Folder d-c-fix

One more from the 60s.

December 21, 2011

Adler Typewriters

A lovely brochure from the past and a nice gift. The slogan says Joy That Remains. 

Take a look at grain edit today. They have started their annual Holiday Giveaway Bash. 

December 18, 2011

Nuno Magazine: Star Gazing and Holiday Mini Edition 2011

Here are some spreads from the fabulous Star Gazing issue. Nuno Magazine is an DIY e-magazine, created by Elizabeth Abernathy-Graham, Rachel Abernathy Braff and Royce Graham. It's packed with creative projects using recycled materials, "82+ ad-free pages of eco-friendly craft and needlework projects inspired by walk on a fall evening". 
Take a look at their free holiday mini edition 2011 as well, there you will find ideas for green gift wrapping, handmade cards, recycled material garlands and much more. 
With all the tempting gift guides for Christmas all around me, today I'm really pleased to browse an ad-free magazine which does not encourage to buy a product.

(All images: Nuno Magazine)

December 16, 2011

Terhi Ekebom: Sweet Home

Here is the winner of this year's Napa Flipbook Competition: Terhi Ekebom! "The winning flipbook charmed the jury with its simple and imaginative storyline and a skilled, smooth movement. Sweet home is both traditional and fresh with a positive touch." You can pick up a copy at the Napa Bookstore. More wonderful flipbooks you will find here. And if you want to see more by Terhi from Finland, please visit her website (made in hurry ;).

Note: Napa Books will send a flipbook gift with every order until today December 16th. So have a quick look!

(Images: Napa Books)

December 14, 2011

Fairy Tales by TASCHEN

This is my favourite of their current program27 Brothers Grimm fairy tales, based on the final 1857 edition: Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood ... It's so beautifully illustrated and so interesting to read with a foreword on the Grimms' legacy, brief introductions to every tale, and extended artists' biographies. Each fairy tale has its "own" artist, including some of the most famous illustrators from the 1820s to the 1950s, among them Kay Nielsen, Gustav Süs, Walter Crane, Arthur Rackham

Little Red Riding Hood (Rotkäppchen), illustrated by Divica Landrová, Czech Republic, 1959
I really love Landrová's silhouettes. She puts the cutouts for Little Red Riding Hood against grey-white structured background as it is known from the early cartoons.
Do you know the silhouette films by Lotte Reiniger? Here is a wonderful You Tube one explaining her technique. (She is such a cute lady.)

The book also contains gorgeous silhouettes by Dora Polster, who illustrated the Brother Grimm fairy tales in 1911 (100 years ago!).
Sleeping Beauty (Dornröschen), illustrated by Herbert Leupin, Swiss, 1948
Look here also!

The Star Coins (Sterntaler), illustrated by Viktor P. Mohn, Germany, 1882

December 10, 2011

Koloman Moser via 50watts

A worth seeing picture book by influential Austrian artist Koloman MoserFound this via Will Schofield's great website 50watts. It was (a gift?) for the niece of Ditha (Mautner von Markhof) from the year 1904. Moser was a founding member of the Wiener Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte.

December 08, 2011

Herb Lester Guides

"Old bookshops and new coffee shops, park benches and dive bars, hat shops and haberdashers: this is the world according to Herb Lester." Herb Lester Associates create maps and guides to great cities (London, Paris, Berlin ...) in collaboration with excellent illustrators and designers among them Michael NewhouseLord Dunsby aka Steven Millington, Ed Nacional, and Jim Datz. I like the Untamed London idea a lot! A guide designed and illustrated by Jez Burrows "to finding green among the grey". 

(All images: Herb Lester Associates)

December 07, 2011

Camilla Engman: The Morran Book Project

Camilla Engman's latest project: one book dedicated to Morran, her little dog, who passed away just before the book release. The delightful books (there is a smaller and a bigger one) contain 75 or 236 illustrations from artists all over the world. The profits from the books go to the WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals)! Please read more about the project at Camilla's blog. And here is the link to the online store.

(Image: Camilla Engman)

December 06, 2011

CUT Magazine

I'm very lucky to hold the new CUT Magazine in my hands. The trendsetting, so lovingly designed DIY magazine was brought to life in 2009 by Lucie Schmid and Marta Olesniewicz, joined by Anja Kellner a short time later, under the aegis of Horst Moser at the house of independent Medien-Design here in Munich. It is packed with very, very creative Do-it-yourself tips, features about newcomer designers, new shops, a city guide (in No 6 it's Hamburg) and in the middle you'll find removable pattern sheets.

You can pick up a copy on the CUT website or with a little bit of luck at well-assorted newsagents in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Watch out for their points of sale

December 05, 2011

Edition Paumes: The Newest Books

You don't already know them all? Here are the latest lovely books edited and published by édition Paumes: Finland Children's Rooms, Kawaii Stores Paris (kawaii = cute), Finland Apartments and the newest Kawaii Stores Stockholm.
The small family run publisher works in close contact with artists and designers in Europe, as it says on their website. And it's good to know, that "the creative link which has been formed between Tokyo and Europe is just at its beginning ...". So we can expect even more. 
All books are packed with inspiring pictures, the text is in Japanese. You can pick up a copy directly via If you have a hard time with the Japanese site, I saw them at Fine Little Day, Fräulein Herz and Collected by Tas-ka.  

Early enough for Christmas: The newest Kawaii Stores Stockholm will be released in mid-December. Another inspiring shopping trip on book pages.

(All images: Hisashi Tokuyoshi)

December 02, 2011

Zdenek Miler and Krtek

Little Krtek (Der kleine Maulwurf, The Mole) drawn by Czech animator and illustrator Zdenek Miler, who died on Wednesday. 

December 01, 2011

Joelle Jolivet, Jean-Luc Fromental and some penguins

Look, what I've found for my 4 year old son (and for me;) for Christmas: 10 small penguins. This pop up book is illustrated by Joelle Jolivet and written by Jean-Luc Fromental. It's published in Germany by Carlsen. And originally in France by HéliumI will post more about the wonderful Helium books, there are so many. Jolivet/Fromental are the creators of Oups as well, which was nominated for the Jugendliteraturpreis 2011.
Please visit Joelle Jolivets website. It's one of the most beautifully designed sites and shows her love to lino-cutting.

And if you want even more penguins, this book will make you happy:

AND the newest: 10 p'tits pingouins autour du monde is out now in France. With her penguins Joelle Jolivet is currently off for a book tour. For details visit her blog!