Reading List.Recommended byAnja Neidhardt, form
For everyone who has no plans for the holidays yet or is looking for inspiration, together with designers and authors who participated in the issues of 2014, we have selected a series of recommendations.
Be it through my work for form, my studies in the Masters programme of Design Academy Eindhoven or through friends – in the last few weeks I received reading tips from various directions. I now use the end of the year as an opportunity to compose a new reading list that I will take into the New Year.
Richard Sennett: The Craftsman
With his publication “The Craftsman” Richard Sennett tries to answer the question why people work hard and take pride in what they do. Sennett describes, among others, the medieval workshops of goldsmiths and of musical instrument makers, and how masters and apprentices worked and lived together. He explores the development of skill and how theory and praxis go hand in hand. Furthermore he explains why he thinks that motivation counts for more than talent.
Riposte, Issue #3
Since I saw a talk by the founder of Riposte Danielle Pender at #qved 2014. Editorial Design Conference in Munich at the beginning of this year, I am a fan of the magazine. Unlike many “women’s magazines”, the topics covered in Riposte are not limited to fashion, beauty and celebrities. The cover slogan, “A Smart Magazine for Women”, states the intention quite clearly. Last November Issue number three has been published that I am now going to read over the holidays. Apart from the trainee astronaut Alyssa Carson and others, also Marije Vogelzang who describes herself as an “eating designer” is introduced. The editorial team has interviewed the women behind the laughs in the Simpsons Writers’ room, the singer Samantha Urbani and many more. This time the (back) cover features stylist Anna Trevelyan.
Georges Perec: Life – A User’s Manual
In the 1970s the French novelist and filmmaker Georges Perec created a microcosm: The storyline of his book “Life – A User’s Manual” (original: “La Vie mode d’emploi”) guides the reader through a Paris apartment block. Chapter by chapter, the narrative moves around the building and tells the stories of its inhabitants.
Orhan Pamuk: The Museum of Innocence
Orhan Pamuk’s “The Museum of Innocence” tells the story of the (unhappy) love affair of Kemal and Füsun. Kemal secretly collects Füsun’s personal objects and, after her death, decides to open a museum next to where she and her family had once been living. Fiction and reality come together when Kemal asks the author Orhan Pamuk to write a catalogue for the museum, and Pamuk starts his book. Actually the museum can also be visited in Istanbul: It was opened in 2012, four years after the release of the book (which, by the way, contains a ticket for the museum). One wall of the entrance hall is covered by 4,213 cigarette butts, each smoked by Füsun. The 83 museum’s cabinets correspond to the number of chapters. They show everyday objects like earrings, shoes, lipsticks, handkerchiefs, matchboxes, empty flacons, photographs and advertisement posters.
Tanizaki Jun’ichirō: In Praise of Shadows
“In Praise of Shadows” is an essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist Tanizaki Jun’ichirō. While describing various situations, it explores the use of space in buildings, but also the author’s idea of beauty.