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Édouard-Henri Avril


Édouard-Henri Avril (21 May 1849 – 28 July 1928) was a French painter and commercial artist. Under the pseudonym Paul Avril, he was an illustrator of erotic literature.

Born in Algiers, Avril studied art in various Paris salons. From 1874 to 1878 he was at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Having been commissioned to illustrate Théophile Gautier's novel Fortunio, he adopted the pseudonym Paul Avril. His reputation was soon established and he received many commissions to illustrate both major authors and the so-called "galante literature" of the day, a form of erotica. These books were typically sold in small editions on a subscription basis, organised by collectors.

Avril illustrated such works as Gustave Flaubert's Salammbô, Gautier's Le Roi Caundale, John Cleland's Fanny Hill, Jean Baptiste Louvet de Couvray's Adventures of the Chevalier de Faublas, Mario Uchard's Mon Oncle Barbassou (scenes in a harem), Jules Michelet's The Madam, Hector France's Musk, Hashish and Blood, the writings of Pietro Aretino, and the anonymous lesbian novel Gamiani. His major work was designs for De Figuris Veneris: A Manual of Classical Erotica by the German scholar Friedrich Karl Forberg.

Avril died at Le Raincy in 1928.



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People and Parties

Fun Fun Fun in Munich
Friday, 30.01.2015

Founded in 1996 by Dirk Bauer and Michael Pahl, Fun Factory is today´s largest manufacturer of high quality, aesthetic adult toys not made in China but proudly „Made in Germany“ with Hanseatic engineering and high quality assembly line. The founders are very well aware of their impact on the market yet still down to Earth when it comes to market shares. „We made our student hobby project which was born out of a frenzy of creativity to our daily jobs and are still passionate about it. I have not encountered one boring day while sitting and thinking of how to make our products unique and reliable“, so Mr. Pahl who is the mastermind engineer behind the company’s technology library.

When it comes to success the founders scout themselves collaborators in the realm of design: Mr. Karim Rashid well known for his designs including the Garbo waste can, the Oh Chair for Umbra, a concept store for Giorgio Armani, manhole covers for the sewers of New York, perfume bottles for Kenzo, bobble water for Bobble, watches and tableware for Alessi, lighting for Artemide and products for Veuve Clicquot now was assigned to create the new Fun Factory flagship store in Munich.

Qompendium was invited to witness the opening night of Fun Factory’s new store in Munich at the Viktualienmarkt. Have a glimpse with us and don’t miss Mr. Pink, a toy especially designed by Karim Rashid.

And stay tuned, since we are intrigued to pay Fun Factory a visit in their headquarters in Bremen, a port city in the North of Germany very soon…

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Rectal Dilator
Friday, 30.01.2015

Frank E. Young was a man with a vision, and that vision involved things being inserted up other people’s rectums. Developed in 1892 but not marketed until the turn of the century, his ‘Rectal Dilator’ was a terrifying 4 1/2-inches of pain designed to go where the stars never shine. Billed as a cure for piles, the devices were hawked to doctors and even advertised in respected journals.

People might well have gone on believing they were medical devices too, were it not for the ridiculously suggestive instruction manual included with each order. For 40 years these Victorian butt plugs were sold across the United States, before falling foul of the 1938 Federal Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which banned them for “false advertising”.

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The world's oldest known dildo is a siltstone 20-centimeter phallus from the Upper Palaeolithic period 30,000 years ago that was found in Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm, Germany. Noteworthy to add that only fire, weapons, clothing and beads have been around for a little bit longer.  Not very surprising that archaeologists find anciet love toys all the time. Today, the German copmany Fun Factory delivers high end technology for all tastes, genre and of course female pleasure.


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Playboy, Penthouse and Lui


Playboy, which at one time sold almost six million copies a month in the United States, now sells about a million, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Penthouse, which sold nearly five million copies, sells about 100,000. The biggest of the newer magazines, a venerable French publication called Lui, has sold as many as 350,000 in France.

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Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates stateless societies often defined as self-governed voluntary institutions, but that several authors have defined as more specific institutions based on non-hierarchical free associations. Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, or harmful. While anti-statism is central, anarchism entails opposing authority or hierarchical organisation in the conduct of human relations, including, but not limited to, the state system.


Alan Turing


Alan Mathison Turing, 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954, was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, pioneering computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner.

He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.


Lifestyle, Fashion, Gadgets

Pantone announces Color of the Year 2015
Friday, 05.12.2014

The Color of the Year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries – including films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For 15 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

    PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
    PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
    PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
    PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
    PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
    PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
    PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
    PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
    PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
    PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
    PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
    PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
    PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
    PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
    PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)


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Art, Design, Artefacts

Man Ray
Tuesday, 04.11.2014

Sotheby’s is honoured to announce the sale of nearly 400 works by Dada and Surrealist icon Man Ray on November 15 in Paris. The auction will be the largest and most important sale of works by the ground-breaking artist in nearly 20 years.
The collection, property of the Man Ray Trust, includes works in all media: Photographs, Paintings, Drawings, Objects, Jewellery, Chess and Film. This will be the very last opportunity to acquire works by Man Ray coming from the studio of the artist and the artist’s estate.
At the core of the sale is a group of over 250 vintage photographs ranging from portraiture and fashion photography, including solarisation and gauze effects, to Surrealist compositions and iconic Man Ray photographs such as Magnolia Flower (1926), Starfish (1928), Ostrich Egg (1944) and Mathematical Object (1934).


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For With In


Live type, data-awareness, animation and user interaction are just a few of the reasons why the web browser has become a satisfying place to generate graphic design — both experienced in and outside the browser. This collection of formal experiments and conversations explore the role of the browser as another possible tool for designers. The website and print-on-demand pocket-sized book are made from the same content, the book treated as one size within a multi-width design logic. The book prioritizes reading and documentation, the website is easy to access and friendly on all devices (until it breaks).

Interviews and projects by: Evan Brooks, Lukas WinklerPrins, Philippe Cao, Catherine Schmidt, Christina Rees, Christina Webb, Kelly Walters, Michael McDermott, Ojus Doshi, Daniel Giuditta, John Caserta

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The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.



Claude Frédéric Bastiat, 30 June 1801 – 24 December 1850, was a French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly. He was notable for developing the important economic concept of opportunity cost, and for penning the influential Parable of the Broken Window. His ideas have gone on to provide a foundational basis for libertarian and the Austrian schools of thought.



How is a genius different from a really smart person?


Nautilus brings together Richard Hunter, Jack Williams, LaRae Bakerink, Bikram Rana and John Sheehan all exceptional intelligent individuals who have scored above the 98th percentile on a IQ test to discuss about the difference between a genius to that of a smart person.

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Give Mouse a Brain


Mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning, according to a new study. Don't expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, "uplifted" animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about the evolution of human speech and language.

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The Ingenious Axel Hoedt
Monday, 20.10.2014

It is an infinite pleasure to have our Q&A answered by the ingenious Mr. Axel Hoedt – a citizen of Freiburg im Breisgau as being born there in 1966. He studied photo design at the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and since 1999 he made the decision to live and work in London. Needless to say that he has been awarded a multitude of top notch awards in the field of photography. His work is meticulously choreographed yet the viewer would not be able to grasp the setting at first sight; there is always a thin line between a portrait and a documentary, between art and reality, between the surreal and the fiction.

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Ten elementary rules for a student wanting to commercially establish his fanzine:


1. The goal of a fanzine shouldn’t be commercial.
2. Have your own ideas.
3. Get an excellent team.
4. Produce a first issue without compromises.
5. Promote the first issue.
6. Gain credibility within your target group.
7. Produce a second issue.
8. Again: own ideas – no compromises – promote it – gain more credibility.
9. Develop your distribution network.
10. Become a reference in your field, but stay humble.

By Mike Koedinger, Publisher at Maison Moderne

Friedrich Nietzsche


Philosophically, Nietzsche is a mystic and an irrationalist. His metaphysics consists of a somewhat “Byronic” and mystically “malevolent” universe; his epistemology subordinates reason to “will,” or feeling or instinct or blood or innate virtues of character.

Introduction to the Fountainhead
The Objectivist, March 1968, 6.


Byronic Hero


The Byronic hero is a variant of the Romantic hero as a type of character, named after the English Romantic poet Lord Byron.

Both Byron's life and writings have been considered in different ways to exemplify the type. The Byronic hero first appears in Byron's semi-autobiographical epic narrative poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812–1818), and was described by the historian and critic Lord Macaulay as "a man proud, moody, cynical, with defiance on his brow, and misery in his heart, a scorner of his kind, implacable in revenge, yet capable of deep and strong affection".


Books, Magazines, Fanzines

Thames & Hudson: Collector’s Edition
Tuesday, 30.09.2014

Collector’s Edition is an original and exciting visual survey which brings together 180 examples of innovative graphic and product design created for special collector’s, limited or deluxe editions. From limited-edition magazines with multiple cover options to lavish vinyl box sets supplied with a wealth of extras, Collector’s Edition is the first publication to showcase the new wave of lovingly produced objects being created for the music, book and magazine industries.

288 pages
25 x 19,5 cm
480 color photography
PLC foil blocking

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S. T. Eliot


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.


It is through mathematics that we can hold not one but an infinity of infinities in the palm of our hand, for all of eternity.


Ashutosh Jogalekar is a chemist interested in the history and philosophy of science. He considers science to be a seamless and all-encompassing part of the human experience.


In my Beginning is my End.


Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and one of the twentieth century's major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. However he emigrated to England in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39.

Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930) and Four Quartets (1945).

He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.


John Bannister Goodenough


John Bannister Goodenough (born of U. S. parents in Jena, Germany, 25 July 1922) is an American professor and prominent solid-state physicist. He is currently a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Texas at Austin. He is widely credited for the identification and development of the Li-ion rechargeable battery as well as for developing the Goodenough-Kanamori rules for determining the sign of the magnetic superexchange in materials.

Books, Magazines, Fanzines

The Secrets of Alchemy


A work that edifies and entertains in equal measure. Principe's book clarifies alchemical history and practice while acknowledging the powerful imaginative legacy of this cohort of mysterious robed men tending fires beneath strangely shaped apparatuses in an ever-elusive path to create gold. Principe supplies a smart, passionate, and compelling portrait that draws on a wide range of sources.
— Richard Byrne

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

One Million Years
Sunday, 28.09.2014

Modern life takes place in systems –in social systems, economic systems, value systems, communication systems, judicial systems, systems of thought, health systems, training systems, transport systems, scientific systems, systems of living, educational systems, production systems, and many more.

Contributing artists: Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, Thomas Demand, Andrea Fraser, Katharina Fritsch, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Henrik Olesen, Falke Pisano, Martha Rosler, Jan J. Schoonhoven, Andreas Slominski, Simon Starling, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, and Heimo Zobernig

One Million Years - System und Symptom
Exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst
October 11, 2014, to April 6, 2015
Curator: Søren Grammel

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Designjunction, 4th Edition
Friday, 22.08.2014

designjunction has firmly established itself as the leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival and Salone del Mobile, Milan. Known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge design within an expertly curated space. In 2013, designjunction featured more than 150 world-class international
brands set against the industrial backdrop of a 1960’s Sorting Office in the heart of central London.

The five day exhibition attracted more than 21,000 visitors through the door, expanding to seven times the size of its original format in 2011. In April 2014 designjunction launched the fourth edition of EDIT by designjunction, Milan, a curated offering of the flagship London show. Transforming a historic 18th century building in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the show attracted over 10,000 visitors over five days.

Qompendium is giving away entry tickets to the 4th designjunction. First come first serve. Hurry. Deadline: 15th September 2014

How to participate?
Send us an email: mail(at)qompendium(dot)com

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Kimono for a Modern Age
Sunday, 13.07.2014

A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.

The Pavilion for Japanese Art
July 5, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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Friday, 27.06.2014

Photographers, Stars
and Artists
June 27–October 12, 2014

Press preview:
Thursday, June 26, 11am


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Art, Design, Artefacts

Bruno Munari
Friday, 13.06.2014

Bruno Munari (October 24, 1907, Milan – September 30, 1998, Milan) was an Italian artist, designer, and inventor who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design) in modernism, futurism, and concrete art, and in non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, didactic method, movement, tactile learning, kinesthetic learning, and creativity.

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Banksy on Auction
Thursday, 12.06.2014

Two new Banksy works purchased during his 2013 ‘residency’ in New York – for just apiece – will feature in Bonhams next sale of Contemporary Art on July 2nd in London for a price which reflects their true value.

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Conferences, Exhibitions, Fairs

Distillations is a refusal.


Hassan Rahim, born 1987 in Los Angeles, is a mixed media artist and art director living in Philadelphia. Distillations is Rahim's second solo exhibition at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery; Rahim has previously exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.

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