Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Manifattura is a digital publication based in New York and Milan, run by Fredrik Gruber, Milena Zuccarelli, Beatriz Lamarca and Cristoffer Övergaard.
The magazine features and works with artists and makers in various fields through collaborative projects and interviews, aiming to inspire others by creating and discovering beautiful work of different formats and origins.
Check out their website: www.manifattura.co
Rob Alderson, former Editor-in-Chief of It is nice that, now columnist for Magculture, run by Jeremy Leslie, ponders about indies and awards.
Dear Rob and dear Jeremy,
As independent publishers, here is what we think: No matter how hoary the relationship between creativity and awards are, we know very well that winning plaques is not a proof for creative effectiveness. Yet, any voice given to an independent magazine is a voice/sign in the right direction. It will be educating those who still need education and to learn about the importance of an independent medium, namely brands, advertisers and investors. And besides the independent market can be cleaned and diversified as well; an award could be a good tool.
Read full Rob Alderson’s article here.
The 43rd edition of the Pirelli Calendar was created by one of the most celebrated American photographers and portraitists, Annie Leibovitz, who shot the work last July in her New York studio. Leibovitz is also the creator of the 2000 Pirelli Calendar, which featured choreographer Mark Morris’s dancers. The 2000 pictures were the first set of nudes of her career.
Unlike previous Pirelli Calendars this time the focus is not on beauty and physiclity but more on intelligent, powerful and beautiful minds embodied by authentic talents.
The 2016 Pirelli Calendar features 13 women of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment: actress Yao Chen, the first Chinese UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador; Russian top model Natalia Vodianova, founder of the charity Naked Heart Russia; producer Kathleen Kennedy, the Chairperson of Lucasfilm and one of the most influential figures in Hollywood; art collector and patroness Agnes Gund (with her granddaughter Sadie Rain Hope-Gund), President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; tennis player Serena Williams, number one in the world; opinion leader, critic and writer Fran Lebowitz; the President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson, who supports charity projects in Chicago; film director Ava DuVernay, whose films include Selma, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; blogger Tavi Gevinson, founder of Style Rookie and online magazine Rookie; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat; artist, musician and performer Yoko Ono; singer Patti Smith, one of the top rock stars of all time; and the actress and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer.
The women are of different ages and backgrounds and have different kinds of careers. As was the case with the first few Calendars of the Sixties and, more recently, in Peter Lindbergh’s 2002 Calendar, or Patrick Demarchelier’s 2008 and Steve McCurry’s 2013 Calendars, there are no nudes.
Yet another store?
“Yes. After a decade in luxury branding and niche publishing we found ourselves propelled into creating our own retail store.
Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication.”
Founder and Creative Director of Qompendium
Qompendium Print Publication is a selective journey through the multiverse of subjects from the fields of philosophy, art, culture and science. It is produced in Germany and is a demonstration of premium print culture at its finest in utilizing various paper qualities, numerous custom colours and finishing techniques. Qompendium is a well-curated, timeless, book-like read for the disillusioned rational yet aesthetically intrigued fountainhead, who is at all times in search of fertile thinking ground — a benchmark for content and production in the magazine environment.
Qompendium Work Shop?
Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication. It is created to nurture our readership with an open and ongoing space to encounter cutting-edge and historically relevant products, ideas and individual talents. By opening our own multibrand shopping experience we aim to eliminate the existing hierarchy between global luxury brands and new emerging artists. Qompendium Work Shop operates both offline and online, with worldwide shipping and satellite locations.
Qompendium collaborates with museums, galleries, art collectives, individual artists and independent publishers on a global scale and exhibits their publications and work of art. Qompendium features selected collaborators and art explorations all hand-picked to meet the criteria of quality, innovation and craftsmanship. Qompendium Work Shop satellites are hosted by diverse partners in important hubs around the world.
Product and Price Range?
Qompendium Work Shop sells products from 1 Euro to 5.000 Euros. We offer an array of meticulously hand-picked printed matter, limited edition collectibles, taxidermies, writing devices, leather goods, high fashion, contemporary pop and fashion culture, ephemera, fine art, antiques and vintage, furniture, photography, accessories, candles, kid’s wear, bubble gums — seemlessly abandoning boundaries between luxury brands and one-off newcomers.
Shop here: http://qompendium.com/workshop/
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.
25 x 19,5 cm
480 color photography
PLC foil blocking
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
Biographer Jad Adams sheds light on the controversial, provocative and often odd sexual practices of the "Father of the Nation" in his new book.
Garagisme is another magazine about a passion also shared by the Qompendium crew namely car culture.
The publishers of Garagisme in their own words: Garagisme questions our relationship with individual motorized transport by bringing together different points of view and practices such as contemporary artists, photographers, architects, urban planners and others.
The program includes photo series, profiles of innovative start-ups, portraits and interviews of artists, essays and fiction.
It is published in English and French and distributed internationally.
Garagisme takes a novel look at the object car as it goes through this period of challenge and change.
More young guns. More fun.
"Familiar is a half-dreamt paper devoted to visual storytelling. Familiar is this site. Familiar is what we make while we're alone, together. Our staff is split between strongholds in Portland and Brooklyn, but we're unified in our purpose. We explore the world without leaving our desks, then we document our discoveries. Sure, we're a sweaty cult of creative professionals, but we don't drink the Kool-Aid."
We cherish their clean and simple asthetics.
The publisher Romke Hoogwaerts togerther with her contributing interviewers Aaron Hunt, Veronica Rafael,
Juan Chao, Suzie Zak, Jess Castillo and guests has created a rather intriguing art magazine we already love even without have seen the content. Judged by the cover it is a must have.
Inkjet printed on recycled paper and bound at our apartment in Long Island City, Queens NY.
158 pages and bound with slip cover coming in a dition of 100
More pictiures here.
Aristotle’s Complete Master-Piece, a 17th century sex manual banned for over two centuries, has sold above estimate at Lyon & Turnbull.
First published in 1684, the book was intended as a guide for young couples to sex, conception, pregnancy and birth, as well as containing a few warnings against engaging in sinful activities.
Much of the advice was largely based on superstition. The book suggests that if parents were sinning whilst conceiving a child, the baby was likely to be born a monster, malformed or covered in fur. This notion was typical of the era, when portents and prodigies, witches and evil were rife in English culture.
The book includes a number of graphic illustrations. It was banned for its content in the 18th century, considered taboo and distasteful. Printers avoided including their names in the book for fear of prosecution.
Yet the work maintained a secretive popularity, selling extremely well under the counter to curious readers.
Book specialist at Lyon & Turnbull Simon Vickers stated: ‘Drawing from the works of Nicholas Culpepper and Albertus Magnus, with a good dose of old wife's tale, there were more editions of this work published in the 18th century than any other medical text’.
The anonymous writers attributed the work to Aristotle, possibly as a marketing ploy.
The copy of the book offered at the auction was the 1760s ‘Improved’ version. It was expected to sell for £300-£400, but heated bidding pushed it up to a hammer price of £550 at Lyon & Turnbull’s January 16 Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs sale.
Vandasye is run by two multi-disciplinary creatives Georg Schnitzer and Peter Umgeher, both originating from Austria, Vienna.
Their collection of furniture "Our New Apartment" produced using laser-sintered plastic and off-the-shelf wood is their newest news but this beautifully set magalogue is one of their latest print projects designed by their own design buero: Londonwien.
As descried in their print work the "Apartment" series is an ongoing collection of furniture, lighting and accessories centered around utility, the evolution of domestic behavior and a contemporary formal vocabulary.
Similar to the centuries-old printing process leading back to Johannes Gutenberg, pop-up books, or movable books and “toy” books as they were once called, also experienced quite a similar evolution. Having begun with volvelles, lift-the-flap harlequinades, and pull-the-tab creations such as those engineered by Lothar Meggendorfer, pop-up books slowly metamorphosed into the embodiments we’re familiar with today.
With a tongue rolling name as exuberant as Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, one’s persona can only be matched in exuberance – especially if your parents happened to inform you that you’re in fact a reincarnation of a brother deceased 9 months prior. The haughty surrealist painter was an unswerving eccentric to the undying bemusement of admirers and critics, often seen with his pet ocelot trolling the streets in a cape and cane ––though his mustache may well have been his most flamboyant feature yet. In the book Dali’s Mustache, photographer Philippe Halsman captures all its eccentric physiognomies which run the gamut of fencing swords, rhinoceros horns, rococo curlicues paint brushes and flowering pots.
The monography is also stocked with a congeries of tongue-in-cheek Q&A’s with corresponding pictures. One question asks Dalí why he paints and is followed with a picture of his mustache reincarnated into a dollar sign with paint brushes to complete the symbol. Quite befitting as Andre Breton nicknamed him "Avida Dollars," which is an anagram for Salvador Dalí and also a phonetic rendition of the French term “avide à dollars” (greedy for dollars). Dali loved the nickname though and used it enthusiastically. Once quoted saying: “every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí,” how can it be otherwise?
Mustaches have long been attributed to power, masculinity and authority. In India, not having a mustache was considered juvenile and unmanly. It went as far as being set as a requirement for certain class of regiment, especially for the British army and during Peter the Great’s reign and the Napoleonic epoch. Command No. 1,695 of the King’s Regulations required that “the hair of the head will be kept short. The chin and the under lip will be shaved, but not the upper lip. Whiskers if worn will be of moderate length.” Detached from the political field though, many notable men of history such as Diego Velasquez, Nietzsche, Einstein and Charlie Chaplin have also sported a mustachioed countenance, though supremely legendary, just because… that is what they are in their own right. There’s even a World Beard and Moustache Championship to honor the most prominent of manly whiskers. Mustaches are ranked on 6 sub-categories including the Natural, Hungarian, Dalí, English Moustache, Imperial and Freestyle trimmings. Other types include the Fu Manchu, Handlebar, Horseshoe, Chevron, Toothbrush and Walrus.
The Stanley Kubrick archive nestled away at the University of Arts London vaults is one of the finest archealogical troves of cinematographic insignia in its class. By maintaining a high degree of control in his film making process, Kubrick was able to retain material generated by his pioneering techniques, research and production work: arguably making the collection one of the most complete examples of film making practice world wide. Researchers at the Archives and Special Collections Center can find out about a range of subjects including filmmaking techniques, photography, screenwriting and film marketing.
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, film director and composer best known for his work during the silent film era.
Check this great website by Christoffer Sörensen, www.thepursuitofhappyness.se
Once upon a time the moon was but a ladder’s step away from a boat anchored at sea. Calvino’s Distance of the Moon, one of the short stories in the brilliant Cosmicomics compendium, is an ode to an intergalactic Pangaea until the moon begins to drift away and the lunar bliss is no more.
RCA Secret 2011 celebrated its Eighteenth Birthday as a unique exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized art, made by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus current postgraduate students at the Royal College of Art.
The postcards are displayed anonymously and are signed on the reverse, so that the artist remains a secret until after the cards are purchased and their signature is revealed.
Over 1,000 artists donated their original art to RCA Secret 2011, including Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare and John Baldessari, designers Kenneth Grange, Margaret Calvert and James Dyson, fashion designers Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey and film maker Mike Leigh, as well as up-and-coming students and graduates from the Royal College of Art.
RCA Secret 2011 has now closed. Go to view postcards to see all of the works and find out which artists made them. The Sale was held on 26 November 2011 to raise money for the RCA's Fine Art Student Award Fund.
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel (born August 14, 1947), better known as Danielle Steel, is an American romantic novelist and author of mainstream dramas.
Best known for drama and romance novels, Steel has sold more than 800 million copies of her books (as of 2005) worldwide and is the eighth best selling writer of all time, and is currently the bestselling author alive. Her novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 390 consecutive weeks and 22 have been adapted for television. One is Jewels, the story of the survival of a woman and her children in World War II Europe, and the family's eventual rebirth as one of the greatest jewelry houses in Europe. Columbia Pictures was the first movie studio to offer for one of her novels, purchasing the rights to The Ghost in 1998. Steel also reached an agreement with New Line Home Entertainment in 2005 to sell the film rights to 30 of her novels for DVDs.
The Internet is a vast universe full of stars and starlettes and here is yet another discovery: Tourist Magazine from United Kingdom.
Tourist magazine is about art, music, some kind of fashion, literature and culture.
Profile Zine, a fanzine, on an d about design with Alex Zamora, Beni Bischof, Camilla Candida Donzella, Freek Lomme, Himaa, Jason Gregory, Jules Kim, Kimberly Lloyd, Misaki Kawai, Nakako Hayashi, Philipp Schaerer, Rachel de Joode, Tereza Zelenkova, Marina Alessio, Pablo León de la Barra, Pascal Alexander, Alejandro Sticotti
Editors: Emilio Marín, Diego Córdova
Art Direction: Diego Córdova
Editor at Large: Cristobal Palma
Following the success of its first foray into newspapers in 2010, the second edition of Monocle’s summer newspaper, Monocle Mediterraneo, hits newsstands on Thursday 28 July.With distribution in eight new markets including Australia, South Africa and South America, the super-sized broadsheet will target even more holidaying readers from around the globe.
On newsstands for eight weeks, Monocle Mediterraneo is designed to be the perfect companion for days in the sun, featuring a solar-powered mix of essays, reportage and interviews.
Highlights of Monocle Mediterraneo:
—A uniquely upbeat report on Athens, identifying locals who’ve seen the positive in the crisis and are determined to
bring about a grassroots renaissance.
—A series of essays from Monocle’s gathering of writers, historians and politicians, with topics ranging from the
benefits of a tan by Robert Bound, to ‘The New Doctrine’, by former UN deputy Secretary General, Mark Malloch
—Moscow on Med explores how the Cypriot capital’s short flight times, USSR educated elite and relaxed tax laws
are making Nicosia a favourite Muscovite hangout.
—And our Expo follows the Italian tax police, the Guardia di Finanza, as they go on patrol, hunting mafia smugglers,
tax dodgers and the odd cigarette thief in the bay.
The best beach houses from around the globe, the hottest recipes for summer feasts, the latest on fashion from
Florence, and Monocle’s guide to the perfect festival are also packed into the 68-page read.
Monocle Mediterraneo features a new set of advertisers such as Gucci, Fiat and Mondomarine, alongside existing
partners including Rolex, BMW, Samsung and BlackBerry.The newspaper is 41 per cent up on revenue compared to
the 2010 edition. Monocle Mediterraneo is another example of Monocle’s commitment to delivering high-quality
journalism across a host of channels.
More images will be posted soon - we are waiting for our copy to arrive. Our copy came today! And we love Monocle even more. Check out the pictures here.
The story revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a failing salesman, who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness. Through a series of tragic soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, we discover how his quest for the American Dream kept him blind to the people who truly loved him. A thrilling work of deep and revealing beauty that remains one of the most profound classic dramas of the American theater.
Medium with its first issue is published and edited by artist Shirana Shahbazi from Tehran, writer Tirdad Zolghadr from San Francisco and designer Manuel Krebs. The booklet of 64 pages is designed by Norm, the Swiss duo we met in Sofia, during Sofia Design Week.
This booklet has intrigued us by its simple narrative style, its photoraphy and subtle typography. A good buy for your magzine/zine/booklet collection. Thank you Nieves for sending us a copy.
We adore stationery sets and here comes a collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box.
In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived.
Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive.
Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra.
Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.
Born in the most radical creative, institutional and commercial Independence, mutant books emerge, grow and reproduce all around the Earth. One night each year, they leave their underground kingdoms and they conquer the streets of Madrid with their amazing superpowers: paper, staples, photocopies, pictures and an artistic will that is immune to the viruses of mainstream culture.
27th April 2011 in Madrid
LA NOCHE DE LOS LIBROS MUTANTES
II Self-Publishing Fair
Get inspired – the current cover story in Form features an array of international designers writing and illustrating about their sources and understanding of inspiration: From Martin Lorenz and Chris Rehberger, Kimberly Lloyd and Hanna Nilsson, Alex Trochut, Sven Voelker, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Jerszy Seymour and many others.
Florian Göttke's book is quite an interesting compilation on the destruction of iconic yet politically not accepted art pieces in totalitarian regimes. Hundreds of press and amateur photographs of the toppling of statues of Saddam Hussein were collected by Florian Göttke from the internet and Göttke used his digital archive to create the iconographic project named Toppled.
Florian Göttke's book is published by Post Editions, an independent publisher dedicated to the task of initiating, producing and distributing special books on contemporary art, architecture and photography. It is superbly produced – a must-have and a book that enters the Qompendium Hall of Fame and fullfills the criteria of great content, solid design and good German production.
A lot of screen companies only make their fonts look good for particular size, but then they totally change their character when they get bigger or smaller.
Erik Spiekermann, 1947 German Typographer and Designer
A lot of screen companies only make their fonts look good for particular size, but then they totally change their character when they get bigger or smaller. Erik Spiekermann, 1947 German Typographer and Designer
Quotation from the Ridiculous Typography Rules by BIS Publishers. More insight here.
Anneloes van Gaalen's fifth book in the Ridiculous Design Rules series by BIS Publishers is about rules in typography – a special joy for graphic designers and those interested in working with copy.
Panatom Gallery releases limited edition print publications and this time for a surrealist art lover: Steffen Ullmann. This young artist from Mecklenburg collects ephemora from junkyards, flea markets, attics, turkish basars and other places to assemblage surreal collages of a their very own kind. His inspiration comes from music and he is also a passionate composer.
"We appreciate good looking blokes, pretty boys and handsome men, fantastic men. Personality goes a long way, but sometimes it is just a million dollar smile." Check out this blog here.
"The border between different artistic media is meant to disappear to reveal interstices loaded with creativity." This publication is one of them – a collection of photography and screenshots conceptualized and elaborated around what links to sound and sonic elements to visuals. The curators have questioned themselves on how to capture sound in a photography but not necessarily showing musicians, bands or gigs. "Can we hear with our eyes? Is noise inevitably associated to movement and silence to inactivity? A book by JSBJ – Aurelien Arbet, Jérémie Egry and Nicolas Poillot.
Have you bought your own brain-food for the holidays already? No, wait! Get your wallet because this book is a definite “must” next to your bed, if not for the uncounted color plates then for the great interviews and essays on the subject of super-scale typography, illustration and graphics that appear on buildings, public spaces, construction site hoardings, the reception areas of advertising agencies, hotels, clubs and cultural venues. And who else could compile such a book any better than designer Tony Brook of Spin and Adrian Shaughnessy? With an educated eye for typography and love for details Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy have brought together a vast collection starting from the 1960s to present day along-side some influential names of the industry giving insight on the business of “supergraphics”. A superbook! Again well produced and exceptionally designed. Just one tiny little rant: Since the publisher has decided to print on an uncoated paper the color profiles could have been worked on. We appreciate the use of uncoated paper qualities and watch the production techniques very closely.