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Dear Friends,
we’re not quite sure what happened with that last year, and if anybody has seen it, please let us know. In the meantime, we are proud to return from our involuntary hiatus with a splendid new issue – mono.kultur #40, no less – with the wonderful British ceramicist, artist and writer Edmund de Waal.
Edmund [...]


Stores need to be more than stores these days to compete with the global ease of online shopping, resulting in ubiquitous ‘concept stores’ trying to establish a social space, to varying success. Enter Sunspel, the British heritage brand excelling in the perfect t-shirt, who open their new store in Berlin with an exhibition by romantic [...]


Who knows how long those lovely little pieces of graphic design called stamps are still going to be around for, so to preserve their legacy for the future, creative director Blair Thomson has started a wonderful Instagram account called Graphilately showcasing the weird and the wonderful from the world of stamp design. Read more over [...]


A week into the new year, and our annual mono.kalender has arrived from the printers – to be sent as a complimentary new year’s greeting along with every order through mono.konsum, as long as stocks last. Happy New Year!


La Muralla Roja – The Red Wall – is an apartment building by Ricardo Bofill constructed in 1973 on the Mediterranean coast near Alicante in Spain, and in vicinity of La Manzanera, an equally odd if aesthetically quite different Bofill landmark building. La Muralla Roja reads like an intellectual exercise gone havoc: drawing inspiration from [...]


For those who have been keeping up, you might remember Tilda Swinton’s the 8½  Foundation, mentioned in her now sold out interview with mono.kultur. Named after the eponymous Fellini film, the Scotland-based foundation was inspired by the musings of  her then eight-and-a-half years old son and dedicates itself to gifting free benchmark films to children at [...]

The Secret Lives of Mr. Smith and Ms. Tapner

Before you’re heading off tonight, two things, two secrets: Mr. Stan Smith stole a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge banks (for a reason), and Ms. Rosie Tapner ain’t no up-and-coming model, but a runner and rider and racer and drinker of copious cups of tea. Now you know.


The sweet Frankie Magazine led me to the works of Sarah Dennis, the creator of these beautiful paper cut stories in traditional scherenschnitte and collage. Among many intricate dreamlike works, she has made a new take on a certain children’s book.

Hidden Moms

I thought Radiohead’s new app could do the trick, I thought looking at images of the late Leonard Knight’s (rip) Salvation Mountain could do it, and I also tried Shoshi Games for longer periods of time, and yet this book keeps popping up in my mind: Under the title The Hidden Mother, Linda Fregni Nagler [...]


Anyone who has ever spent a Sunday afternoon in Brixton will not dispute the fact that black hairdressers are artists. But if you think that’s exaggerating a little, check out Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere’s archive of nearly 1000 impressive hairstyles, no less, as a monument to hairy creativity. Sadly, Ojeikere passed away last weekend.
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