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The Weather Diaries

Thanks to their intensive research process, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer also reveal how both up-and-coming and well-known Nordic designers work, what inspires them, and what effect their origins have on their identities and their design. The Weather Diaries is supplemented by essays that examine Nordic fashion design in terms of its sustainability and cultural heritage, as well as insightful interviews and a look at how the book was made.


Gestalten Books

Die Landschaftsbilder von Prokudin-Gorski reichen von mittelalterlichen Kirchen und Klöstern des alten Russlands bis zu Eisenbahnlinien und Fabriken der damals jungen russischen Industrie. Eines seiner ersten und bekanntesten Porträts zeigt den Schriftsteller Leo Tolstoi. Besonders eindrucksvoll ist aber die Bandbreite der porträtierten Persönlichkeiten: vom Tagelöhner zum Großgrundbesitzer, vom Fährmann bis zum orientalischen Emir, von der jüdischen Familie zum stolzen Donkosaken. 

Traditional Couture

Traditional clothing is essentially haute couture. Made with high quality fabrics and elaborate workmanship, it embodies cultural heritage and style. Encompassing a surprising variety of garments, it represents premium handcraft, an awareness of tradition, a sense of belonging, and an affinity to one’s homeland. At the same time, folkloric clothing is inspiring some of today and tomorrow’s most ambitious and radical fashion designers.

The Great Wide Open

As the rhythm of our hectic urban lives continues to speed up, we are increasingly compelled to leave it all behind and escape far into the quiet depths of nature. In great contrast with the claustrophobic metropolitan environments most of us live in, the photographs featured in The Great Wide Open depict wondrous sites that will take you on a visual journey through faraway lands from Canada to Lesotho, as seen by those who have climbed that mountain and surfed that wave.


There is a continual exchange between the fields of visual culture and art. Techniques, concepts, and motifs inspire each other, and the fields where they intersect are in constant flux. In the tradition of Salvador Dalí, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol, today’s young artists are just as influenced by the old masters as they are by popular culture. They are inquisitively exploring and expanding the possibilities for visual forms of expression.

Berlin Wonderland

Als 1989 die Mauer fällt, entdecken Künstler, Punks, Anarchos, Hausbesetzer, Visionäre und Spinner das Niemandsland, die nun nahezu gesetzlose Zone inmitten Berlins. Es entstanden Clubs, Bars, Technopartys, Galerien, Aufstände, Ausstellungen – das Tacheles und der Schokoladen. All dies wurde zum Magnet für junge Leute aus der ganzen Welt. Zwischen bröckelnden Altbaufassaden wurden Freiräume gelebt, entwickelte sich ungezügelte Kreativität und ein neues Lebensgefühl.


Gestalten Books

When, in 1909, the color photography pioneer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii began his journey to capture all of Russia in color images on behalf of the czar, the scope and importance of his undertaking were clear. Since 1905 he had planned to systematically document the empire with the color photography technique he had developed in order to give all Russians, particularly schoolchildren, a deeper connection to their country. He petitioned Nicholas II long enough that the czar finally provided him with a specially equipped railroad-car darkroom and the necessary travel permits.


Gestalten Books

Heavy metal is a phenomenon. Although this musical genre is still ridiculed by many, it is currently more popular and successful around the world than at its supposed peak in the 1980s.

Today, so-called metalheads can be found worldwide. No matter who they are or where they come from, they are united by heavy metal across borders, generations, genders, religions, and social classes.