Wall Clock »Steutenhoff«

Reduced to the essential: a quarz clock movement, hands and the classical name plate. The clou: Twelve laser-cutted holes visualising the progress of time, giving this clock its timeless authentic appearance.

Made in Germany

Candleholder »Fakir«

Attention, Serious Art Theory!
Beds of nails have been used as meditation and healing techniques by Indian fakirs for hundreds of years. Why not rely on a tradition that old, right? 3 × 5 nails offer you an infinite possibility to arrange all kinds of different candle sizes.

Made in Germany

Support Independent Type—the New Culture of Type Specimens

Support Independent Type is a book about the new culture of type specimens, their impact on design and typographic culture at large. It’s a manifesto for independent type foundries showcasing their work in an effort to promote freshly designed fonts, and why we should support them. An exhibit of over 400 of today’s most adventurous typography labels and designers, showcasing their physical and digital type specimens! The carefully selected collection gives a glimpse into the adventurous shift of this creative industry.

The authors believe that “independent type design reflects culture in its ambition to build an exciting alternative to the monolithic corporate font giants. In that spirit, we put together a collection of the most trendsetting, forward-thinking and provocative type specimens produced in the last decade.”

A manifesto for independent type foundries and a visual firework!

fortytwomagazine #5—space

Where does the universe begin, where does it end? Imagining these dimensions is no easy task. However, the fortytwomagazine #5 tries to figure that out, because the universe does not only offer place for speculations about extraterrestrial life or romantic dreams with the view into the starlit sky. Even if it feels far away, it has a direct influence on our lives. As in every issue, they also illuminate ten different disciplines and thus ten perspectives.

Among other things, the magazine deals with the problem of space debris, the role of government space agencies and the question of what it is like to live some 400 kilometers above the earth and to master everyday life in the International Space Station ISS in the most confined space. The works of the artist Protey Temen form an exciting interplay with the interesting interviews.

For this fifth issue, the fortytwo-team has not only ventured into space in terms of content, but has also broken new ground here on Earth: fortytwomagazine is now distributed by Slanted Publishers, an internationally oriented publishing house based in Germany, which is also responsible for the issue’s new design.

The interview magazine for those who wonder!

Candleholder »Eigenholm«

Attention, Serious Art Theory!
A conceptual art piece that assumes a central importance and should follow two directions of different authenticating styles: fig. 1. A reminiscent of Plato’s allegory of the cave, fig. 2 a frozen extract of light cast in metal.

hinzkunst Candleholder
Made in Germany

Each product is especially handcrafted for you, so please allow 2-4 weeks for production.

Armin Hofmann—Reduction. Ethics. Didactics.

Lucerne-based Armin Hofmann (* 1920) is considered one of the most influential graphic designers in Switzerland. With his extensive graphic and educational work, he has contributed significantly to the international reputation of Swiss graphic design and influenced generations of graphic designers and teachers around the world.

On 29 June 2020 Armin Hofmann celebrated his 100th birthday with his family. On the occasion of this round anniversary, his son Matthias Hofmann, who is also a graphic designer, published the book “Armin Hofmann. Reduction. Ethics. Didactics.”

It provides a comprehensive overview of Armin Hofmann’s creative work, his professional ethical convictions and the didactic principles he developed. Thanks to the exclusive access to non-public original sources (his entire creative work, original manuscripts, unpublished texts, thought sketches and photographs), the book enables an authentic, deep and multifaceted immersion into the work of Armin Hofmann.

New insights into his intellectual world and professional attitude become possible. In addition to a professional examination of Hofmann’s work, a detailed personal biography and the most comprehensive compilation of his creative work to date (330 pictures), the book also contains original texts by Armin Hofmann on various aspects of his oeuvre.

Eight guest contributions by world-renowned graphic designers and typographers paint a personal picture of the person Armin Hofmann and illustrate the great international influence of his work. Guest contributions by the US-American graphic designer and trans-media artist April Greiman, the German typographer and graphic designer Wolfgang Weingart as well as the Indian type designer and designer Mahendra Patel among others.

Probably the most personal and comprehensive book about the life’s work of Armin Hofmann!

TEATRIP—a fascinating journey through the Middle Kingdom

For this book tea friends from the German-speaking countries waited long: TEATRIP is a fascinating journey by the realm of the center. It points the whole variety out of the Chinese tea culture in breath-robbing pictures and accompanying stories.

– Understand the differences & characteristics of China’s most famous tea cultivation areas.
– Learn exciting details about the cultivation, processing and preparation of China’s six major tea varieties: Oolong, white, green, yellow, black, and Pu-Erh tea.
– Learn to read the taste pictures of China’s best tea varieties correctly.

The naked truth behind China’s tea culture: China keeps the best varieties for itself! Only little is known in this country about the Chinese tea growing areas and the variety of flavors of the countless tea varieties.

Christian Beck is author of the book TEATRIP. He has been trading with the best teas from China, Taiwan and Japan for over ten years. On his annual tea trips, he has become acquainted with the top tea growing areas and top players in Chinese tea culture.

Stefan Braun, one of the best food photographers in Germany, accompanied Christian for several weeks on his travels throughout China.

In the book TEATRIP, the authors tell the stories from over ten years of tea shopping in China. The book takes you on a fascinating journey, which you can experience first hand thanks to sensational photos.

The authors present unique humans and show on the basis first-class pictures like cultivation, processing, and tea benefit in China really lived.

In the focus of the book are handmade teas from small family businesses from ecological and wild tea gardens. Their journey roams the most important cultivation areas from Zhejiang over Fujian, Taiwan, Guangdong, and into China’s deep south, to Yunnan into the world of Pu-Erh tea.

Cover motif: Freshly picked Assamica tea leaves on the Ailao Shan in Yunnan
Back cover: Master Wu tasting a Wuyishan Oolong tea

Wall Clock »Tevemann«

Attention, Serious Art Theory!
Time is right for utopia, a stage like a phase, but a spatial one, ready to investigate the radical dystopia of twelve hours in a day. Shape and control shift the interpretation towards new components in exchange with each other and in dialogue with time.
Twelve hours make up twelve corners. The hinzkunst Wall Clock “Tevemann” is simple but smart, in the shape of a Dodecagon.

The Great Escape–Photographs of Seafaring Life 1950-1970

A life on the high seas has always promised freedom and adventure. Like no other profession, seafaring provided the chance to explore remote regions of the world and offered an incomparable experience removed from everyday routines. Especially in the 1950s, young men followed the lure of distant shores–far away from Germany where many towns still lay in ruins after the Second World War’s nights of bombing.

As evidence of their international travels, the sailors brought home all sorts of unusual souvenirs in addition to countless photos. Owing to affordable compact cameras, they could capture the places they had visited in both snapshots and carefully composed pictures. People were mesmerized by “exotic” countries such as Japan, Egypt, or Brazil and by the modern metropolises of Western industrial nations with their breathtaking skyscrapers, fast cars, and easy girls.

The photographers not only focused on stunning natural spectacles and picturesque sights, but also on the many hardships of their daily life. Tropical heat and extreme sub-zero temperatures, piracy and shipwreck, a poor diet, and tropical diseases were just a few of the dangers they were exposed to.

This book unites more than 170 pictures from the 1950s to 1970s which offer an unprecedented insight into a fascinating and almost forgotten universe.


Silence is the Sound of Fear

In March 2014, Vladimir Putin signed an agreement that declared Crimea to be a part of the Russian Federation. The annexation of the peninsula was preceded by a controversial referendum, and neither the referendum nor the annexation have so far been recognized by the international community. The events are still shaping Ukrainian politics and the country’s relations to Russia. Over the last six years, the Donbass region has been torn apart by a war stoked by Russia, which so far has left more than 10,000 people dead.

Crimea’s economy has also taken a severe hit since the annexation. Tourism, its main source of revenue, has all but disappeared, and the fact that the peninsula is cut off from the Ukrainian mainland frequently causes supply shortages. The sanctions imposed against Russia and the crackdown on freedom of expression and the free press have dramatically changed people’s way of life. In particular, the Crimean Tartars, a Muslim minority who had called for a boycott of the referendum in 2014, suffer intimidation and reprisals at the hands of the Russian authorities.

The photographer Moritz Küstner spent five years, from 2015-2019, documenting the changes affecting Crimea and the lives of the Crimean Tartars. In “Silence is the Sound of Fear” Küstner has created a dense narrative interweaving texts and photos that tell stories about individual lives, displacement, hope, resistance, and new beginnings.

A photographic essay about the life of the Crimean Tartars.
Images showing war, displacement, resistance, and new beginnings.
With a report by Diana Laarz

Spring! Der Traum vom erfolgreichen eigenen Atelier – und der sichere Weg dorthin

Guide to independence!
In their studies and the first years of their careers, creative people learn a lot about crafts and techniques, they develop their style, discover their talent. What hardly comes up is the economic aspect of the creative life. They live for their ideas, but how they make a living from them remains a book with seven seals.
As an employed designer you get a more or less transparent salary, more or less insight into the figures. Rather less. And because numbers remind you of math, you also shy away from them. So you stay, change agencies, are more or less satisfied–but you’re afraid of the big leap into self-employment. It’s too dangerous. Too risky.
This book changes that!

Martina Flor has dared to do it. She enjoys the freedom to decide for herself which jobs she wants to take and which she doesn’t. When she works and what. She is her own boss and she likes to be that. She teaches and networks, travels and gives lectures. And she can make a living out of it. Even more: Every day she proves that children and career are not mutually exclusive if you plan and live your independence solidly. She knows about the stumbling blocks and pitfalls in the everyday life of freelancers. And she tells you how to avoid them or how to master them. She knows the advantages of a self-determined life. And she knows how to secure your independence in the long run.

Martina Flor has the gift of sharing her experience and knowledge in such a way that her energy and zest for life are contagious. Just like you, she loves what she does. Only she does it in her own rhythm. Sets her own priorities. And she describes all this with such infectious enthusiasm that you will want to follow her lead. At the same time, she gives you the tools that will make you a successful entrepreneur. Because you are nothing else than a freelancer. And that sounds very appealing, doesn’t it?
You can dream of your own studio for the rest of your life–or you can take advantage of the times when everything changes anyway–and jump!

You are already self-employed, but things are not going well at the moment? Even then you can benefit from Martina Flor’s experience. She speaks openly about pricing and proposal preparation, about limiting and extending usage rights, about financial management and time planning and all those things that sound dry but ultimately decide whether you are satisfied with your creative routine or not. Seldom do founders speak so openly about their experiences; often money and reputation are considered company secrets. Not so with Martina Flor. She shares her knowledge generously. And at a retail price that is no obstacle, especially as it is tax deductible.

Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out”

Issue No. 2 of the Forward Magazine “The Odd One Out” of the Forward Festival 2019

The motto of the fifth anniversary of Forward Festival was dedicated to all creatives who can
not be forced into social norms. “At the Forward Festival, we want to encourage them to celebrate
their otherness,” explains Othmar Handl the background to the campaign.

Including interviews with Mirko Borsche, Eike König, Max Siedentopf, Anthony Burrill and much more!

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – A2 Wall Calendar 2021

For everyone who doesn’t have that much wall space: here is the smaller version of our classic wall calendar in half size!
One year, one page: lots of space for dates and appointments, trips and travels, birthdays, and whatever else is on the plan.
This calendar is a 3-color offset: neon coral for the weekends. Black is the base color for the weekdays, and pure gold for the fine details. It is printed on light grey Kaskad 160g paper, a beautiful and unique choice.
Talking about the details: this calendar features calendar weeks, nationwide public holidays as well as the federal state public holidays and school holidays, and other details such as when to set the clock one hour ahead or late for summer and wintertime, and phases of the moon.

The calendar “Neon Coral Black Gold” comes packed in a neat black sturdy roll.


Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung

Critical design is a form of design research in which the designer has a fundamentally critical attitude towards society as well as with regards to his or her own discipline. The resulting design objects are supposed to stimulate reflection and create a critical awareness, but also corresponding changes in current social practices are intended. Critical design is able to solve social problems instead of just aestheticizing or reflecting on them. That this critical attitude is necessary is shown by the designer Susan Karrais on the basis of information graphics in their function of general knowledge transfer. Information is omnipresent, so information graphics are an indispensable instrument to process the flood of data in the contemporary “knowledge society.” The previously often unpopular task among designers has become a real trend in recent years. However, this only rarely led to a real qualitative improvement. Besides the still mostly missing theoretical reference framework, the conventional approach to simplification is the main criticism.

“Now, please follow me – Eine kritische Designforschung” (Eng. Now, please follow me – A critical design research) equally pursues the questions of orientation in the complexity of the world and its representability. In terms of critical design, the goal is not to find solutions but the identification of problems.

Secret Societies

Through the rise and fall of the first US Mafia bosses, this book examines the early development of the Sicilian-American criminal network, illustrated with over 175 period photographs, contemporary articles and documents. Much is popularized of the Mafia in film, literature, music, and urban legend. Some stories are inspired by and respectful of the facts, but many are presented through a creative lens distorting how organized crime began. References are often made to criminal activity in the infamous Prohibition Era, but few stories cover the preceding years, until now.

Secret Societies presents a graphic history of true crime. It examines the origins story of the American Mafia through the rise and fall of the first boss of bosses Giuseppe Morello and his powerful brother-in-law Ignazio Lupo. This is a time before the Castellammarese War—a period of bloody power struggles for control of the Italian-American Mafia that took place in New York City between 1930 and 1931. The important period preceding the war is considered murky and lacking historic documentation. This meticulously illustrated volume of Secret Societies shines a light on this fascinating time of American history and organized crime. It does so through research from primary sources, richly illuminating the period of the 1890s–1920s using photos, documents, contemporary articles and illustrations. Starting with a look at the “Black Hand” phenomenon and its relationship to organized crime.

The book also examines the story of the “Barrel Murder” in which Giuseppe Morello, the first boss-of-bosses of the US Mafia, was arrested following a brutal murder in the heart of New York’s “Little Italy.” Soon followed by the tragic story of NYPD officer Joseph Petrosino who became a pioneer in the fight against black handers and Mafiosi alike. In 1909, while on a secret mission, Petrosino became the only NYPD officer to be killed while on foreign soil after he was assassinated in Palermo. In this important stage of history, the hierarchies of crime families were established and reinforced.

This is the American Mafia origins story.

The author and graphic artist Jon Black founded gangrule.com in 2002 to study and present the emergence of organized crime in New York through 1900–1920, leading up to the well documented Prohibition Era. Tom Hunt edits and publishes the journal, “Informer: The History of American Crime and Law Enforcement,” the Writers of Wrongs blog of crime historians (writersofwrongs.com) and the American Mafia history website (mafiahistory.us).


“Marginalia” draws our attention to the overlooked elements that coexist in carefully designed books. Removing the text and images from a selection of art books designed by Anja Lutz in close collaboration with the individual artists reveals the nondescript details: the margins, the edges, the backgrounds, the spaces between the lines …

Each book is unique in its choice of format, material, layout, composition, and rhythm. The selected pages underwent a process of transformation in which Lutz dissected them with surgical precision, layer by layer, removing their vital parts and revealing their skeletons–the actual support of the content. The results are filigree grids, fragments of images, and traces of the layout that form intricately layered compositions of voids, exposing the hidden relationships between the pages.
“Marginalia” is an investigation into the anatomy of books–the physical object, its materiality, and inner structure. It is an attempt at mediating the emptiness. The quiet and yet eloquent remaining spaces seem to have their own language–that of an abstract visual poetry of books.

“Marginalia” is a personal interpretation of the books designed by Anja Lutz with and for the following artists: Kader Attia, Sonia Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Christine Hill, Hannah Höch, Hella Jongerius, Loriot, J. Mayer H., Laercio Redondo, Julian Rosefeldt, Lawrence Weiner amongst many more.
For more information about “Marginalia” please visit the Marginalia facebook page.


DON’T SAY IT. SPRAY IT. – The fight of critical artists for communication.

A photographic journey of designer Judika Zerrer through the streets of Kairo during the Arabic Spring.
If art is the daughter of liberty, then what does streetart mean in a country like egypt, where a dissident thought can be life-threatening? Since the Arabic Spring the walls in the cities of egypt noticeably become wall newspapers of the revolution. On site collected photographies, facts and impressions tell the historical origin of the revolutional graffiti. During interviews acitivists and artists get a chance to speak, who (with the intention to enlighten the people) temporarily circumvent the media-censorship; following the principle: Don’t say it. Spray it.

zweitausend&einundzwanzig – Slim Calendar 2021

Perfect next to the door frame, as a kitchen calendar, and wherever you have little room but need plenty of space for calendar entries: the rikiki Slim Calendar 2021.
The 12-page wall calendar is a practical companion throughout the year – with calendar weeks, national holidays, and holidays in individual federal states. There are also the moon phases and the clock change dates, plus one or the other meteorological subtleties.
The calendar is high-quality offset printed with spot colors: neon coral for the weekends, black as the primary color for the days of the week, and gold as the accent color for the fine entries. It was printed on light gray cascade in 160g, a fine, colored paper.

Leafy House Plants

The cultivation of house plants does not always prove to be easy. With many plants there are special peculiarities that should be considered.

In 1899, the German botanist Udo Dammer wrote down his knowledge of the ins and outs of different houseplants and published the book ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’ with 46 detailed plant illustrations.

120 years later, Benjamin Wurster accidentally came across a copy of this encyclopedia and now presents a new modern version of this book, including every plant illustration as well as the original German texts translated into English for the first time.

A must for every plant lover!

Lino Print (A3) | Livistona chinensis

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Livistona chinensis
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 15 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Monstera deliciosa

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Monstera deliciosa
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Cordyline australis

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Cordyline australis
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered

Lino Print (A3) | Dracaena rothiana

Published in November 2020 by Slanted Publishers, ‘Leafy House Plants’ by Benjamin Wurster is the reissue of the 120-year-old botanical encyclopedia ‘Zimmerblattpflanzen’. As part of the whole project, several lino prints were realized in limited editions.
Plant shown: Dracaena rothiana
Each print is handmade and unique—color density and details vary.

Limited to 46 prints, each signed and numbered