Month: April 2013

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Pro QM magazine shop, Berlin

Pro QM on Almstadtstraße, just off Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz, is the perfect art bookshop- packed with every conceivable book covering art, architecture, design history, technology, graphics, branding and fashion. Its housed in a 1920s block and was designed by ifau und Jesko Fezer- their first completed project in Berlin. Wide steps invite booklovers to sit and peruse the magazine collection, while bright pink ladders break up the small space. It’s a bookshop where you can feel the owner’s passion for readable materials- you’re invited with open arms into the space, to take your time, and browse the collection as if it was your own library. Images: Pro QM

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Interbau Apartment House, Berlin by Oscar Niemeyer

Off the beaten tourist track, nestled in the Hansa district of the leafy Tiergarten in Berlin, is a modernist housing dream. This section of the war-ravaged city was selected in the 1950s as the site of the International Building Exhibition to showcase ‘the city of tomorrow’. Over 50 architects from across the world were invited to come up with designs to rival the restored districts of east Berlin. The brief was for loose structures and a gradual transition to the adjacent Tiergarten, instead of the closed block urban planning of the pre-war era. The final masterplan was developed under Otto Bartning, with 36 individual buildings designed by architects including Oscar Niemeyer, Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Schneider-Esleben and Max Taut- the greatest supporters of the modernist movement. The buildings also include a church by Willy Kreuer, a theatre, library and kindergarten, and an Academy of Arts building by Werner Duttmann. This housing block is by Brazilian architects Oscar Niemeyer and Soares Filho. The eight storey building rests on concrete V-shaped pillars, with a …

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Q&A with… Dan Rowden of Magpile

This is the second guest post by Olivier Legris. Olivier is a French planner working at an English advertising agency. Over to him… Who said digital will kill the magazine business? Started as an Excel spreadsheet and on its way to become the Wikipedia for magazines, the website Magpile is the ultimate digital supporter for an industry that even the most optimistic publishers couldn’t have dreamt of. studiothreetwofive interviewed Magpile’s creator Dan Rowden to find out a little bit more about the project. Hello Dan, first of all can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? My name is Dan, I’m a 26 year-old web developer. I’m originally from Cambridge and I graduated from Helsiniki 3 years ago where I studied media engineering, which includes a lot of web stuff, radio, animation and digital printing. I’m now living in Saudi Arabia, where I’m a User Experience Designer for a new Science and Technology university. So how did you catch the “fever of magazines”? When I was a teenager, I was a subscriber of Mountain Biking UK, I was really into …

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Travel: Berlin

I’ve just come back from a trip to Berlin- my first trip to the city. I loved that the city was brimming with a creative and cultural buzz, with museums, exhibitions, and art galleries, trendy coffee shops to refuel, edgy graffiti and grungy flea markets to explore. See below for my pick of things to see and do.      SEE: Akademie der Kunste Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin Situated on the site of the International Interbau Exhibition of 1957- which saw over 44 famous architects design a small community of homes, a church, cinema, cultural centre, and library- is an art gallery designed by Werner Duttmann. When we visited there was an exhibition curated by Matthias Sauerbruch of architecture practice Sauerbruch Hutton, showing architecture models of well-known buildings such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris.    Neues Museum, Bodestraße 1-3, Museum Island It was the building’s clever restoration by David Chipperfield which brought us to this museum, and not its Egyptian collection. Costing over €200 million the renovation highlights Friedrich August Stuler’s original design, while adding more modern pre-cast …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I’m off to Berlin for the weekend, so expect a few posts after my return next week. In the meantime here’s my pick of things to do in London. STOP What: Monocle cafe Where: Chiltern Street, London When: Until May 20 The long-awaited Monocle cafe has finally opened in London, just around the corner from the magazine’s HQ and Monocle shop. Check out the interior, with mugs from Hasami, furniture from Truck of Osaka, lamps from Manufactum, and sample coffee from Allpress on Redchurch St and Japanese pastries by Masayuki Hara of Lanka. LOOK What: Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2013 Where: Somerset House, London When: Until April 28 The UK’s original contemporary graphic arts festival is back for an 11-day celebration of graphic art, design and illustration.  In addition to showcasing and selling original artworks and limited-edition prints from the industry’s elite and emerging talent, each day the festival is running an  eclectic mix of quirky family workshops, lively evening events and creative forums. LISTEN What: Record Store Day Where: Across the UK When: April 20 Record Store …

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National Geographic’s new Tumblr

National Geographic is celebrating its 125th anniversary by sharing some extraordinary images from its archives on a new Tumblr site called Found. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public- they range from black and white photos of the 1900s to early colour images of the 1930s and star all sorts of nationalities, moments from the past, animals and curiosities. National Geographic said: “We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.” 

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Architects take on Fashion: Regent Street Windows Project 2013

The RIBA has asked six architects to design six unique installations for a selection of shop windows in Regent Street, London. The Regents Street Windows Project started as part of the London Festival of Architecture, and is now in its fourth year as a stand-alone annual event pairing architects with fashion brands to create innovative window displays. London-based Neon has teamed up with Topshop, naganJohnson architects with Esprit, Carl Turner Architects with Jack Spade, Gensler is paired with the Ferrari Store, Mamou-Mani with Karen Millen and AY Architects with Moss Bros. The designs include a giant beach in Esprit, a wheel of mannequins at Topshop and the recreation of a New York street in Jack Spade’s window. The designs will be on display from April 15 to May 6. Neon said: “The Topshop Colour Wheel is a reinterpretation of the traditional window mannequin. Its bold, spinning mechanism showcases different outfits over the course of the day, whilst simultaneously allowing the full colour range of the season to be viewed in a surreal dance above customer’s heads.” …

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Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

STOP What: Pae White: Too much night, again Where: South London Gallery When: Until May 12 Los Angeles-based artist Pae White has created an installation in which vast quantities of coloured yarn span and criss-cross the room to create supergraphics spelling out words that can only be deciphered by navigating the space. LOOK What: Rachel Whiteread: Detached Where: Gagosian Gallery, London When: Until May 25 This exhibition of new sculpture by Rachel Whiteread features a cast of the empty interior of a garden shed in concrete and steel. The large scale sculptures render negative space into a physical form, and record every nuance of the physical object, such as the bolts or the grain of the wood shown in the image above. LISTEN What: The Place Beyond the Pines Where: Cinemas across London When: From April 11 Derek Cianfrance’s much-anticipated follow-up to Blue Valentine stars the hotly popular Ryan Gosling. The film follows Luke (Gosling) as he tries to support his family and depicts the impact of his struggles on his son. It also stars Eva Mendes (Gosling’s current squeeze) …