Little Big Books

4 December 2012

Some books shouldn’t be cataloged as children’s books. This is the case of Little Big Books, some sort of compilation with some of the best contemporary children book illustrators… but what some editors don’t understand is that usually it appeals elders just as much (they are the purchase decision makers after all).

Little Big Books side (image via Gestalten)
Little Big Books side (image via Gestalten)

Gestalten’s latest jewel is willing to vindicate the picture book as a “key element of the cultural fabric of any society”. They are way too right. Upon some of our recent interviews with generation Y artists we repeatedly ask the artists about their point of view on the younger hyper-connected generations who didn’t know what it was like before the Internet. Will they ever appreciate what an illustration book is without coming back to the home screen?

And the thing is that books like LBB are still very appealing to everyone.

LBB is a book about books, about children’s books, their makers, authors, writers… and their readers. “LBB includes interviews with experts about the educational aspects, make-up, and psychology of children’s picture books as well as the significance of children’s book awards and practical advice on publishing rights and licensing”.

LittleBigBooks Page 2 (image via Gestalten)
Little Big Books Page 2 (image via Gestalten)

Certainly not your average children illustration book… and that’s translated within the price (39€), but you’ll have to admit that a compilation of such captivating artists is not that usual either. More info & illustrations this way.

LittleBigBooks Page 1 (image via Gestalten)
LBB Page 1 (image via Gestalten)
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Easy as Pie

31 May 2012

One of our quickies for East-Berliners next week. The well-known graffiti collective KLUB7 have grown up, a decade after their explosion the 5 guys and 1 girl have covered so many walls, designed so many posters, outwear, books, mags… (even companies like Google or Mercedes have asked for their services) that one-another exhibition for their genuine styles in Germany can’t harm anyone can it?

KLUB7 artwork for LEVI’S – WORKSHOP 2011  Berlin
KLUB7 artwork for LEVI’S – WORKSHOP 2011 Berlin

Easy as Pie” will be their first major exhibition of this year (they’re always showing their latest works & collaborations several times a year in Germany, when not a travel book…. it’s a street art mag) in the well-known Gestalten art space.

Their “urban pop” will be invading the central Berlin gallery to demonstrate the audacity, versatility and expertise this group have developed with chalk art… something they internalized long-ago as a good way to respond to the increasingly unfriendly urban environments packed with CCTVs and harsh local laws.

3 weeks of ephemeral creation starting next Thursday. In your smartphone agendas from today please. More info this way.

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