October 25, 2014

Per H. Hansen: Finn Juhl and His House

Every time I see one of the many pictures of Finn Juhl's house I wish to move in. The most beautiful of them are compiled in this book together with a fine collection of drawings and watercolours, many of published for the first time.

"Finn Juhl and His House" focuses on the designer's house of course but also on Juhl's first experimental furniture in the 1930s through the Golden Age in the 1940s and 1950s to today. The text is by Per H. Hansen, a renowned expert in Scandinavian furniture design. Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen, who purchased the house together with all its precious contents of furniture, design and visual arts, wrote the afterword and selected the numerous photographs. To my liking there could have been even more interior shots of the house. But that's maybe because I can't get enough of them.

 Per H. Hansen: Finn Juhl and His House, 228 pp, 183 ills., €35.00, Hatje Cantz 2014, ISBN 978-3-7757-3797-5


Thanks to the book I know who's on the portrait above the famous Poet Sofa in the living room (above). It's Finn Juhl's partner, the music publisher Hanne Wilhelm Hansen whom Juhl lived with for almost 30 years, painted by Vilhelm Lundstrom.

Finn Juhl's beautiful watercolours: 

The Danish designer and architect built the house in 1941/42 in the north of Copenhagen. He lived there until his death in 1989. It sits adjacent to the art museum Ordrupgaard which received the house in 2007 as a generous gift by Birgit Lyngbye Pedersen and opened its doors for the public just one year later. I've never been there unfortunately: ordrupgaard.dk/en/finn-juhls-house. Instead of travelling to Denmark you could also visit a replica of Juhl's house in Takayama, Japan... or enjoy this book like I do. Get your copy here!


October 13, 2014

Inês Fonsesca Santos / Marta Madureira: A Palavra Perdida

This is my most favourite mailbox find last week and another children's book published in Portugal (they really know how to make beautiful books in this country). "A Palavra Perdida" (The Lost Word) is written by journalist/writer Inês Fonseca Santos and illustrated by graphic designer/illustrator Marta Madureira. It has been published by Arranha-Céus last month. "A Palavra Perdida" is about a boy called Manuel who lost a word. With the help of his friends and cousins he finds words who come from the heart and stay there (as far as I understand the text with the help of google translator...).

The poetry books by Inês Fonseca Santos have been published by abysmo. They are all beautifully illustrated. So take a look here and here.

Marta Madureira is one of the owners of the bookstore Papa Livros in Porto and together with Adélia Carvalho founder of the publishing house Tcharan.