Motto


Editorial / 2011 / Berlin
Published in Not Magazine / Shanghai

Motto has become an epicentre for independent publishing. The distribution network and bookstore in Berlin founded by Alexis Zavialoff has established itself as one of the most important hubs for art books and magazines, importing and distributing hundreds of titles from small independent publishers from the entire world and establishing books as an art form in its own right.
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Wilkhahn


Editorial / 2011 / Bad Mčnde
Published in GQ Japan / Tokyo

Wilkhahn is a picture book example of German design and engineering. The revered product design company have been setting standards in terms of office furniture for decades, inventing the flexible office chair and clever, effective conference furniture that also happens to look spectacular. But not oly are their products impressive, so is the philosophy behind them: adhering to the ideas of sustainabiliy long before the term was invented, Wilkhahn have been pursuing efficiency, quality and inventiveness from the very beginning.
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Berlin Gay Culture


Editorial / 2009 / Berlin
Published in Esquire Japan / Tokyo
Heinz Peter Knes

Due to its unique historic isolation, West Berlin was a haven for the gay scene, as it was in fact for all minorities and outsiders. And while the city might have changed radically during the past 20 years, it still sports one of the largest and most vibrant gay communities in the world đ which is an enrichment not only for Berlin's notorious nightlife, but also for its considerable cultural scene.
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Iranian Roses


Editorial / 2008 / Kerman
Published in Port / London

Mr Homayoun Sanati was an extraordinary man: having started his career as a trader in his hometown of Kerman in central Iran, he started translating American school books into Farsi, which eventually not only made him the owner of the largest publishing house in Iran, but also earned him five years in prison after the revolution on charges of espionage for the US. In the meantime, Sanati had inherited acres of barren land nearby, which even without any knowledge of agriculture he was determined to use for finding an alternative to the ubiquitous farming of opium - poppy seeds being one of the few plants to grow in the harsh climate. Eventually, Sanati began growing hybrid roses to strict biodynamic standards and to great success: 20 years later, after initial resistance of the neughbouring farmers, Sanati's Zahra Rosewater Company has turned around the entire valley from growing opium to harvesting roses, which are then on site distilled into rose essence for use in cosmetics, food and spices. Mr Homayoun Sanati died in 2009, leaving behind his hometown of Kerman a significantly better place than before.
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Odyssey


Cover / 2008 / Usedom / Baltic Sea
Published in Odyssey / Tel Aviv
Design / Studio Kaplan/Franco

A science magazine is not where you would normally turn to for a fresh approach in editorial design - which has just been proven a mistake by the new Israeli science magazine Odyssey, focusing on a contemporary outlook onto all things technical and scientific.
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