Zwölf Taschen für Pro qm: Åbäke

November 2011

Åbäke ist ein vierköpfiges Designkollektiv aus London. Die Gruppe zitiert mit ihrem Entwurf das Buch "Steal This Book" von Abbie Hoffman, das 1971 erstmals erschien und Ratschläge zur Rebellion gegen Regierungsautoritäten und Konzerne gab. Neben dem ironischen Titel ist die eigentliche Ironie des Buches, dass es sich tatsächlich zum Bestseller entwickelte.

Åbäke is a 4-person design collective from London. With their bag design, the group references Abbie Hoffmann's "Steal This Book", a book that was first printed in 1971 and offered advice on rebelling against government authority and corporations. Alongside the ironic title is the irony that the book developed into a bestseller

> Zur Übersicht der zwölf Taschen für Pro qm

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Zwölf Taschen für Pro qm

Pro qm wurde vor zwölf Jahren im Juli 1999 eröffnet. Aus diesem Anlass haben internationale DesignerInnen und KünstlerInnen zwölf unterschiedliche Stofftaschen gestaltet, die ab November 2011 monatlich erscheinen und nur in der Buchhandlung erhältlich sind, solange der Vorrat reicht. Die Taschen ersetzen als Sonderedition temporär die üblichen Taschen, die von Pro qm seit Jahren in verschiedenen Farbkombinationen verteilt wurden und die von ITF Berlin/Hamburg gestaltet sind.

Anfang 2012 wird eine Sonderedition mit allen 12 Jubiläumstaschen erhältlich sein.


Pro qm was opened twelve years ago, in July 1999. To celebrate this milestone, we have asked internationally renowned designers and artists to design twelve different cloth bags. Starting November 2011, a new bag will appear each month, exclusively available in the bookshop, for as long as supplies last. The anniversary bags will temporarily replace the bags designed by ITF Berlin/Hamburg, which have been produced in various color combinations over the past years.

At the beginning of 2012, a special edition of all 12 Anniversary bags will be available.


Mit/with Åbäke, Bernadette Corporation, Gui Bonsiepe und Matthias Görlich, Laurenz Brunner, Zak Kyes, Metahaven, Dexter Sinister, HIT mit Egija Inzule und Tobias Kaspar, Judith Hopf, Project Projects, Manuel Raeder und Bless, Vier5

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Cities for People, Not for Profit

Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City

Relevante Bücher: 
N. Brenner, P. Marcuse, M. Mayer (Hg.)
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N. Brenner, P. Marcuse, M. Mayer (Hg.)
Routledge, 2011, 9780415601788
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This issue of GRAPHIC covers best book competitions that judge the “beauty” of the contending books. A total of eight competitions or events are included: national competitions (from the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Sweden as well as the best-known one, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books) that reflect the book culture of their respective countries; Best Book Design From All Over the World held in Germany, which is the most representative international competition; Walter Tiemann Prize which is a unique competition focusing on typography; and Beautiful Books in Korea, which was held for the first time to select Korean books with good design.

As the titles suggest, the purpose of these competitions is to select the most beautiful books from each country. This means we can look at current trends in book design by examining them, which is the starting point of this issue. We hope the biggest benefit is that it provides a comprehensive overview of the criteria of a “beautiful” book sought by each competition.

The key sentence that penetrates the theme of this issue should be “What does a beautiful book mean to you?”, which is the question we presented to every interviewee. Of course, the intention was not to get the best answer but to collect various ideas on the qualities of a “beautiful book” from this ambiguous question. This question is also directed at ourselves and our readers, with the goal of prompting renewed reflection on book design by reading the answers and asking ourselves the same question at the same time.

Every text (such as interviews or comments from juries and designers) is, in fact, linked to this question. While the interviews with the organizers of the competition explain the unique cultural background of selecting “beautiful books,” the jury’s commentaries provide aesthetic justifications for it by summarizing why a particular book is beautiful. The comments from the designers strenuously reflect current trends, which equate the design process to book design itself.

It was only with the generous cooperation from the organizers and jurors of the competitions and the designers that this issue of GRAPHIC could be published. We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to every contributor.
Price: 20 Euro

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