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SELJAK

Seljak Brand makes recycled wool blankets using offcuts from the factory floor of Australia’s oldest mill in Tasmania. The blankets are 70% recycled Australian merino wool and a 30% blend of polyester and recycled alpaca, mohair and cotton – cosy enough for indoors and durable enough for outdoors. For every ten blankets sold, Seljak Brand donates one to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Victoria.

TOOLS OF PRINTING

A small discovery at the printers’ today: the utterly beautiful micrometre measure, used to determine the thickness of paper.

MONO.KULTUR #41 / SOUNDBITE 02

In the capable hands of our printers now: mono.kultur #41.

DESIGN DETAILS: MONO.KULTUR #40 EDMUND DE WAAL

We’re about to go to print with our forthcoming summer issue, but that should not stop us from saying a few more words about the ideas that went into the design of our still current, still beautiful issue mono.kultur #40 with British ceramicist and artist Edmund de Waal.

De Waal is a potter, and anyone familiar with his work will know a little about the extraordinary amount of attention that goes into every detail of his objects – intellectually and physically. While keeping a seemingly simple appearance, the closer you come to his work, the more complex and intriguing it becomes.

Similarly, our issue is a play on texture and finishing that is directly inspired by the tactility of porcellain, before and after glazing, by using a smooth matt coated paper that is coated with a super glossy varnish on every other spread – setting off the words against the accompanying images with a subtle touch of the fingertips.

Visually, the issue is an exercise in restraint and elegant modernism – our house font Akkurat all the way through in the same cut and weight – as proposed by the lovely team at Danish design studio Designbolaget, who are not afraid of following the maxime ‘less is more’ all the way to the end. Needless to say, it allows for plenty of white space to breathe, as it should when you have an interview titled W is for White.

LIVING ARCHIVE OF ELECTRONICA

Dimitri Hegemann, image courtesy of Die Zeit


The brainchild of Dimitri Hegemann, the Living Archive of Electronica is slated to open this September in Berlin’s Kraftwerk. The museum documents the history and present  of techno music, with the BBC Archive and Red Gallery (London) contributing to curation and programming. Outside of Berlin, the unaffiliated Museum of Modern Electronic Music (MOMEN) will open in 2017 in Frankfurt.

MONDAY MUSIC: JAMIE XX

A new video for Jamie XX’s lovely track Gosh off last year’s In Colour, directed by none other than Romain Gavras in top form…

MONO.KULTUR #41 / SOUNDBITE 01

We have some catching up to do: just as things are slowly calming down around our current issue with Edmund de Waal, we are already finishing up our summer issue with…

CANINE COUTURE

Do-it-yourself design for your household friends. Follow the blueprints by Architecture for Dogs to construct unique objects that pay homage to different breeds and the subtleties of the canine life and form.

GLAZED EYES

For your consideration, Cabinet Books’ Notes on Glaze: 18 Photographic Investigations by poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum.

Notes on Glaze collects Koestebaum’s “Legends” columns for Cabinet. From 2010-2015, he wrote captions for photographs selected by the magazine’s editors, provided he was not acquainted with the image beforehand.

What results resembles a sophisticated Pictionary, in which the caption describe less the actual photographs than Koestenbaum’s projections unto them.

THE FLOATING PIERS

For three weeks, you can walk across water on bright orange ribbons to the island San Paolo on Lake Iseo in Italy, in the latest project by Christo (and the first he realised since the death of his partner Jeanne Claude). Sounds great to us: ‘Those who experience The Floating Piers will feel like they are walking on water – or perhaps the back of a whale. The light and water will transform the bright yellow fabric to shades of red and gold throughout the sixteen days.’