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Ekta Sketchbooks Vol. I–III by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Ekta Sketchbooks Vol. I–III by Lundgren+Lindqvist, Sweden

Ekta Sketchbooks is a three volume book collection dedicated to the work of Ekta, the moniker of Swedish animator, sculptor, designer and illustrator Daniel Götesson (b. 1978). Limited to 300 copies and available from ll’Editions these present—through pages thickened by collages, drawings and layers of paint and tape—moments of creative relief, and represent the context for the endless experimentation that characterises Ekta’s process and output. What is particularly distinctive about Extra Sketchbooks is that many of the pages have the quality of original works. These reference the past, and offer glimpses into Ekta’s future output, and have been bound into three volumes with embossed and gold stamped covers, and united in a personalised fabric covered box, designed by Scandinavian studio Lundgren+Lindqvist.

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Superkül: Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold by Blok, Canada

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Architecture Book – Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold, a book designed by Blok celebrating the first ten years of Canadian architecture studio Superkül

Superkül is an Canadian architectural studio with a portfolio described as having an understated boldness, subtlety and spacial richness, and a process that intends to find the essence of each project and remain true to this throughout design and development. Superkül has won many awards and is considered one of Canada’s most progressive architecture firms.

To celebrate the studio’s first ten years Superkül worked with Toronto-based Blok on a book that would serve as both a collection of work but also as a tool to articulate the firm’s unique philosophy and design approach. This beame an exercise in discovery and a clarity of positioning which was then conveyed materially through subtle paper transitions, finishes and printing techniques.

This is a companion piece to BP&O’s review of Superkül’s visual identity, published earlier this year. With a desire to broaden the content on the site to include the design of books, and with the site’s favour for material thinking and the architectural, Rain, Gravity, Heat, Cold felt like an appropriate addition. This is an initial impression, based on the press release and images provided by Blok, if you would like to read BP&O’s hands on review, click here.

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Vestre Anniversary Book by Snøhetta, Norway

Opinion by Richard Baird

Folk+Form, a book designed by Snøhetta celebrating the legacy of Norwegian furniture manufacturer Vestre

Vestre is a Norwegian, family-owned and run, furniture design and manufacturing business celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Vestre’s extensive catalogue is characterised by an intersection between convivial colour detail, modern forms and long-lasting build. Snøhetta, who previously worked with Vestre on the development of a production facility in 2013, and the refurbishment of the company’s headquarters and showroom in 2017, continue to work with the business, this time on Folk+Form, an exhibition and two-volume book that intends to bring to life the Vestre family legacy.

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