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Dear Friends,

‘Haute couture’s chief scientist’, ‘sorceress of style’, ‘avant-garde technologist’ are just some of the terms the press have used to describe the extraordinary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. Having launched her eponymous label just over a decade ago, Iris van Herpen soon gained widespread attention for her futuristic, otherworldly creations. Whether developing 3D printed dresses, materials grown by the forces of magnetism, or clothes mimicking the different states of water: her collections frequently combine cutting-edge technologies with traditional craftsmanship, fusing artistry with sheer inventiveness. The results are, quite simply, spectacular.

Iris van Herpen’s designs are driven by her curiosity beyond fashion, drawing from disciplines like architecture, science, and technology. She has worked with numerous specialists and artists, created costumes for the Paris Opera, and exhibited her work at institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She developed dresses for Tilda Swinton, Solange, and Björk, while also conversing with scientists at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, on her constant quest to develop new materials. It is an open-ended approach of collaboration and experiment, of channeling different influences and disciplines into a vision that is wide open and singular all at the same time.

In a thrilling and expansive conversation with mono.kultur, Iris van Herpen talked about fashion as a form of art, the inspirations of lucid dreaming, and the exquisite sensation of skydiving.

The issue presents a small retrospective of a decade of Iris van Herpen’s designs with images by some of the luminaries of contemporary fashion photography, including Inez & Vinoodh, Juergen TellerEllen von Unwerth, and Nick Knight. And since everything is related, we let ourselves be inspired by Iris’ multi-dimensional design practice, manipulating the very paper the issue is printed on, with each page cut away to reveal slivers of what is lying underneath.

In short, mono.kultur #47 makes for inspired reading, if you don’t mind us saying so. Available as ever through our online store mono.konsum, or at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed.

Enjoy and all our best,


mono.kultur #47
“We’re living in the alchemist’s dream right now.”

Summer 2019 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 48 Pages / Pages trimmed to different sizes

Interview by Charmaine Li
Photography by Mathieu CesarRobert ClarkBryan Huynh; Inez & Vinoodhioulex; Nick KnightLuigi & Iango; Jean-Baptiste Mondino; Armin MorbachPetrovsky & RamoneWarren du Preez & Nick Thornton JonesRonald StoopsEmma SummertonSølve Sundsbø; Juergen Teller; Ellen von UnwerthDuy VoMichel Zoeter
Design by



In our distracted times, where we perform on multiple levels simultaneously but lack presence on all of them, a magazine like Partners makes perfect sense. Dedicated to real relationships in the real world, printed on real paper, Partners examines the ties that make up the fabric of our lives: our relations to family, friends, partners. Launched with a cover story on Juergen Teller and his son Ed, the just released second issue talks to AA Bronson and his partner, or New York film makers the Safdie Brothers. Coming from the former editors of hugely revered, now sadly defunct fashion bible HugePartners looks just as impeccable and reads beautifully on an intimate footing. ‘A magazine about how having a bond makes for much better outcome,’ they say, and who would want to argue with that.


Forthcoming very soon indeed: our new issue mono.kultur #47 entering the world of high-end fashion.


It’s the last two days you can dig into the Berlin takeover at Everpress, a charming sort-of-like Kickstarter start-up for T-shirts from London. The idea is based on a similar principle: you can upload any design you want to see printed on a T, rally your friends and the rest of the world into ordering one, and Everpress will take care of everything else. Sounds too easy to be true? See for yourself: Ongoing is the current Berlin takeover campaign with designs from more than 40 artists hand-picked by Everpress, ending this Sunday. And ending means ending, for good.


At the printers: mono.kultur #47, indeed.


At this point, just before we go to print with our new issue, we should hold our breath for a minute and consider our loyal and long-term printers at Druckerei Bunter Hund in Berlin (‘Bunter Hund’ being a common German expression translating to ‘coloured dog’, named after their infamously greyish dog). Bunter Hund printed 41 issues of mono.kultur over the last 12 years, and they were not afraid to take on any ludicrous idea we would come up with where other printers would just hang up on us – scented pages? printing in 3 Pantone colours? That’s the moment Roland Paulick and his team would roll up their sleeves and take a seat to figure out how we could actually do this at halfway reasonable cost. Sadly, after 24 years in business, Bunter Hund had to stop their printing press, as competition from Eastern Europe and online printers has become too fierce. So we say thank you for the music and goodbye, you will be missed.


So, ah, yes. Just in case you were wondering: mono.kultur #47 is indeed in the making.


Admittedly, this took us a while, but here are a few images of the beautiful evening we had at mono.klub #53 with Francis Kéré. Thank you so much for filling up the beautiful space at DAZ in Berlin despite the nasty weather, and thank you Francis for your incendiary talk.

Photographs by Leon Lenk


Dear Friends,

With his infectious sense of optimism, the architect Francis Kéré is a speaker in high demand, so we are particularly proud that he graciously accepted to join us for a talk to celebrate our current issue mono.kultur #46. In cooperation with the DAZ in Berlin Kreuzberg we are pleased to host an evening on the theme of ‘Building Community’, a topic that is deeply ingrained in Kéré’s practice.

Can architecture create a sense of community? Is architecture a social act? These are among the themes Francis Kéré will talk about in a presentation, followed by a moderated conversation between Kéré, our author Fiona Shipwright, and the creative director of the DAZ, Matthias Böttger. All this and more happening on Monday, March 11 at 19h, around a long shared Y-table at DAZ.

We look forward to seeing you there and all our best,


mono.klub #53
Francis Kéré

Celebrating mono.kultur #46
Talk and Moderated Conversation with Fiona Shipwright and Matthias Böttger
‘Building Community’

11.03.2019 / Monday / 19h

DAZ Deutsches Architektur Zentrum
Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg 6
10179 Berlin


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Goodbye Mark Hollis – one of the greatest musical talents of our time, who lived in total seclusion for the last 20 years after disbanding Talk Talk. We shall put our computers to rest and listen to Spirit of Eden at full blast right now.