Every year, the 23 days of our calendar pass extremely fast. We hope, we reached our goal to give you a daily time-out and had something for each of you.
Now it is time to focus on the Christmas festivities, therefore nothing is behind door number 24. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and of course relaxing holidays!
Your, GRUNDTNER & SöHNE Team
A lot of contemporary architects set out to sensationalism and try to overwhelm the viewer with impressive buildings. A welcome change in modern architecture is therefore the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.
He is known for his minimalist, but at the same time romantic approach. He was born in 1943 in Basel and made his apprenticeship in his dad's, who was a cabinet-maker, workshop. The profession's precision influenced him strongly and is higly visible in his work.
After finishing his apprenticeship, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel and also shortly architecture and industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York as an exchange student.
After graduating, he became a conservationist architect in 1968 for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubünden. This experience helped him gaining experience of the various materials, especially how they work and fit together.
In 1979 he opened his own studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland, where he still works with a rather small team of 15 people. His architectural approach earned him many accolades, most notably the Pritzker Architecture Price in 2009. He is known for buildings like the Therme Vals, Kunsthaus Bregenz or the Kolumba Museum in Cologne.
Eating is definitely a bare necessity, but also something we all enjoy. As a kid one gets told to not play with your food, but it is interesting to experiment and test out new things. Perhaps this might be a reason for so many cooking shows, as we all love to see well known chefs do the cooking or experimenting.
A different approach takes the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi David Gelb. He turned to Netflix to make a new series about the world's most famous chefs, filming them at their work and let them tell their story and not only focus on the creation of a single dish.
The stunning cinematography, sometimes a little too polished, in-depth interviews and background stories make the series an interesting watch. The series started in 2015 and so far featured chefs like Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber, Grant Achatz or Ana Ros. A third season is already filmed and will be released in 2017. In September 2016 a spin-off, called Chef's Table: France, was introduced featuring, as the title suggests, various chefs in France.
It is interesting to get to know the people behind a product, a piece of music or an artwork. This same logic applies, at least for us, for magazines. There are for example Tyler Brûlé behind Wallpaper and Monocle or Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers behind Fantastic Man or Gentlewoman. Our entry today is about the founder of Kennedy Magazine: Chris Kontos.
Born and raised in Piraeus, Greece, he is now based in Paris. Originally, he is a photographer, which he calls his trade. He started to take photos at the age of 15 and studied photography at university. To show on the one hand his photos, but also share his taste in general but especially in music, he started a blog. Out of this blog, together with a dear friend he founded in the summer of 2012 Kennedy Magazine, which they called biannual journal of curiosities.
The first issue was released in Summer 2013, but unfortunately co-founder and Chris Kontos' best friend Angelo Pandelidis died tragically shortly after, which set Chris back. But he got back on his feet and the magazine is now already at its fifth issue. What makes Kennedy stand out among other publications, is that is not at all polished. It has a raw quality to it, which is reflected in the photography, the features and interviews. This means that the magazine is not over-edited, which leaves the conversational aspect of the interviews.
So far the magazine covered among others the producer and musician Andrew Weatherall, the artist Lawrence Weiner, the photographer Tim Barber, the director Whit Stillman, Chris Olberding from Gitman Vintage, the photographer Martin Parr, or the musician Lawrence Hayward from Felt.
Door number 20 means the last special for this year's calendar. As we have lacked some Hip Hop in this edition, Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth make up for it. Even though the title is not really suiting for Christmas, we present you as our last Objet Trouvé the German pressing of the rare 12" EP Baby, You'Re Nasty.
The record itself and the sleeve are in mint condition. Musically it features Baby, You're Nasty (New Version) and A Lesson to Be Taught, both produced by the infamous DJ Premier and Keep It Flowing, produced by Diamond D. All three are timeless, early 90s Hip Hop joints, which probably never sound dated.
That, Berlin is, next to Detroit, one of the Techno capitals in the world, is a well known and documented fact. But rarely the decade, that led up to this status, gets discussed. Mark Reeder, originally from Manchester, who personally lived there at that time, tries to capture his experience in the film B Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (1979-1989).
It is an essay film, blurring the boundaries between documentary and feature film. Although most of the events featured happened, the narrator taking his artistic freedom and blends fiction with reality. The film uses a lot of original materials from news emissions, documentaries, super 8 films, amateur and personal recordings and adds a few doubled scenes with the actor Marius Weber. This mixture gives the film an authentic touch and gives the viewer the impression to personally have been there.
The plot starts at the end of the 70's, a time where punk was in its ending phase and post punk and new wave was the new thing. As Mark Reeder worked as a journalist, sound engineer, splash movie actor, musician, scenes from famous venues like Risiko, Dschungel or S.O. 36 and bands like Malaria!, Blixa Bargeld or Gudrun Gut are shown. The film shows the artistic, especially musical, development of West Berlin in during the 80's. The city at that time attracted lot of stars like David Bowie Iggy Pop or Nick Cave. Mark Reeder is not afraid to show the downsides of that period, which climaxes in high drug addiction and a hopelessness in the middle of the decade until the fall of the wall, where the movie ends, showing some images of the first Love Parade.