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After Christmas we have a whole bunch of pretty books we want to share with you. This pair of books is a Polish version of a Swedish book Food Pharmacy, which originated as a blog. The first one presents the authors’ philosophy on healthy eating and the second is a companion with recipes. The books are designed by Anna Lindelöw.

We don’t know much about the food theory in these books (it seems you have to eat a lot of green vegetables) because the main reason we wanted them is how good they look. A couple of years ago when we were designing our first cookbook we went to look at food-related books in a bookstore and boy, were they awful. But this market has really improved and now we own some cookbooks just because they look great. Now these two have joined the shelf.

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The books are illustrated with a combination of colorful and black and white etchings, photos (both stylized and random-looking), stamp-like icons and geometric type. It results in an eclectic but well-planned look that makes the hard truths of the book a bit more accessible and inviting.

The open book with a somewhat surrealist collage.

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Table of contents.

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Tangible type! (sort of)

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January is the month when you change your calendar so we want to share the calendar we designed for the Museum of Gdańsk.

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The Museum consists of several departments, situated in some of the prettiest old buildings in Gdańsk. Each month shows a different department with a picture of the building on the one side and a detail, usually from the inside, on the other, so you can choose which picture you prefer on your wall for the given month. The dates are limited to an ornamental strip on the right so that the calendar is mostly decorative. On the last page you get information about all the departments.

The photos used in the calendar are by Dariusz Kula.

The cover uses an old etching of the city house and the Artus Court, both belonging to the museum.

The dominant color is navy blue from the new identity of the museum. We even got the binding in dark blue, which isn’t always as easy to do as it should be with some printing houses.

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May you have a wonderful new year full of joy and peace,
accomplishments and rest, quiet time with family and exuberant time with friends
(or the other way round). And may you always draw joy from what you love
and satisfaction from what you do.

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May you have a wonderful time during the holiday season,
may you spend it in warmth and joy with the people you love
and may you find a moment to do something silly and fun.

This year again we managed to find time for a hand-made Christmas card which doubles as a Christmas tree decoration. The making-of process pictured below:

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Just in time for Christmas cheer we want to share the most themed book on our shelf. (Also, I guess we don’t actually have so many Christmas books and that should be corrected. What are your favorites?) Marguerite’s Christmas is written by India Desjardins and beautifully illustrated by Pascal Blanchet. (We’ve got a Polish edition but you can see or buy English one on Amazon, here.) It combines two emotions which often go together during this holiday season: sense of magic and sense of sadness and also manages to say something true about the old age (thus, becoming much more than just a book for children).

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The illustrations are quite artful, using colors, compositions and a certain old-fashioned style to match the atmosphere and the theme of the story. At the same time they’re very modern in their simplicity.

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We know few books, particularly picture books, that would capture better the feel of a winter night.

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Or the emptiness of an apartment.

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re-shop-friendsAnd here’s just a last-minute reminder that there are still promos and great gift ideas (including, but certainly not limited to, our stuff) on Society6 and bza.

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Christmas is coming fast and if you’re still unsure of what to get people, we’re here to help. That is, if the people in question like delightful, delightful books. Continuing our recent series of posts on books about traveling and lovely places comes a behemoth of illustrated maps called A Map of the World (here on Gestalten’s site).

The book gathers dozens and dozens of beautifully illustrated maps, all of them different, showcasing tons of styles and approaches (all in large format).

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We find it fascinating in how many ways one can think of a map and how pretty one can make it. See for yourselves.

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re-shop-friendsAnd if you want to buy something of ours for Christmas in addition or instead, head  over to Society6, which is having a bunch of promotions before Christmas. There’s no better gift than a poster, right? We also have some, well, towels and are working on more stuff. (Until midnight a code “giftit” should give you 30% off and free shipping and the following days will have different promotions.)

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Do you know it’s been over five years since we first published our series Iconic TV Shows? Our style has changed somewhat since then and lots of those shows are no longer remembered or they also changed completely. Time flies.

Still, it’s one of our favorite – and definitely longest running – projects and we like adding new posters to the series. This year one of our biggest TV discoveries (well, “discovery” is a big word for a show everybody and their aunt saw before us) was the series pictured below and so we proudly add it to the collection.

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And if you’re in love with Hawkins and want a bit of it on your wall, you can buy our poster here (also available as various other products) and here.

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(And here for your convenience links to all the rest of them on bza – and they’re also on Society6.)