November 27, 2014

Pointbarre / Nouvelle Administration

I have to share some work by the Montreal-based design collective Pointbarre. The design studio  joined up recently with La Mamzelle & Co. to launch the project Nouvelle Administration run by Catherine D'Amours, Éloïse Deschamps et Martin Poirier.





I like Catherine D'Amours' beautiful work for Le Quartanier (above), a publishing house in Montreal. In 2013 she designed a series of ten novellas published on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the house. Each cover has an illustration and a typographic stamp which refer to the content, all illustrations are limited to three colours and added by a simple sans-serif font.

To find out more click here and here.




(All images: pointbarre.com)



November 18, 2014

mini kuš!

Some weeks ago I wrote about a comic of the mini kuš! series: "Swimming Pool" by Anna Vaivare. Lately I found four more comics in our letterbox, all published by Latvian indie publisher kuš! this fall: "Mathematical Solutions for a Global Crisis" by Jesse Jacobs, "Collector" by Zane Zlemeša, "Remember This?" by Disa Wallander and "Little Hilma" by Jyrki Heikkinen. Follow the links to the illustrators' websites and blogs. And here it goes directly to the kuš! webshop full of great comics by artists from Latvia and all around the world. More about their many contributors here












November 11, 2014

David Sire / Thomas Baas: Plitsch, der Regenschirm-Mann

Another beautiful children's book in the series "Kleine Gestalten".  "Plitsch, der Regenschirm-Mann" has been launched in September and was originally published in French ("L'homme parapluie") by Editions Sarbacane. In January 2015 the English edition ("Plip, the Umbrella Man") will follow, published by Gestalten as well. The illustrator is Paris-based Thomas Baas who has worked on several children's books already, the author is David Sire who writes, makes music and is the inventor of the concert series "Bidulosophe".

This children's book is about a man, called Plip/Plitsch/Ploc, who decided to turn into an umbrella. Protected from the persistant rain he could live on his own without getting wet. But he felt lonely until he met a woman very similar to him. Now their umbrellas were in the way ... It's a very metaphoric book about self-defense, doubt, love and confidence. To emphasize the inner life of Plip Thomas Baas worked only with cool green tones, black and a warm red. The publisher recommends this book for children aged 3 to 8 years, I would say it's actually for people aged 3 to 80 years.

Take a look at "Kleine Hausgeister" as well.








November 02, 2014

Elisabeth Dunker: Fine Little Day

Never come home without a book. We were in Stockholm last week and I found my way to the House of Rym shop in Södermalm, where Elisabeth Dunker's first book is sold together with all the beautiful Rym products. The book contains no less than the same as the Fine Little Day blog: Elisabeth's beautiful and so unique collections, her wonderful summer house, images of her home and studio in Gothenburg, DIY projects as well as homes and work by other great artists and designers like Anna Backlund, Henning Trollback, Mogu Takahashi. The only thing I eventually miss is the brightness of her photos like I know it from her blog (and which I never reach with my own unprofessional photos). The images appear sometimes a bit greyish. I guess it's a printing issue. Nevertheless it's great to have the blog on paper.




There is so many courage und creativity in her designs and ideas. They are always a bit quirky and special like the handwriting in this book which likes wandering to the top right instead of being lined up. And I love it so much.

Maybe I wouldn't have started Fine Fine Books without knowing that there are people around appreciating the playful and naive, the patinated and intuitive things in the world. Even if you don't understand Swedish (I don't understand a word) this book is really good to have. You can order it online at the FLD shop. The book has been published by Natur & Kultur and created together with Klara Bothén.