Modernism in Scandinavia: Art, Architecture and Design

Parallels and differences: Dr Charlotte Ashby and Modernism in Scandinavia

When did you last really learn something new about the history of ideas in Scandinavian design? What do you actually know about 20th-century art and architecture in the Nordic countries? Anni Vartola from bookm-ark.fi interviewed Dr Charlotte Ashby, the author of  Modernism in Scandinavia: Art, Architecture and Design (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Charlotte Ashby’s new book doesn’t repeat the old myths but gives a fresh and comprehensive view of the topic through carefully chosen case studies. Let’s hear what…

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Box full of used architecture books

FAQ: How do we trade used architecture books at Bookmarchitecture?

“So, tell me, Anni, how do you actually operate your book business?” Since launching our tiny architecture bookshop last year, I hear this question more and more often. As used architecture books and an online business have their own peculiarities, I thought it might be a good idea to unfold our trading practices here on our shop blog. So, here we go, let’s take a sneak peek at the back office. Q1: Where do you get…

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Midori MD notebook

Getting organised with a new notebook

How do you visualise the annual cycle in your head? I perceive the progress of time as a spiral. The new year begins in August; then it gradually gravitates down to the silence of domestic cosiness of the dark Christmas time. Around February, the loop starts climbing towards the spring. The high summer marks the high peak and a standstill. Consequently for me, these last days of July mark the beginning of a new annual…

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Vilnius bookshop sign

Books build history

The Nordic branch of art libraries network Arlis had their annual conference in Helsinki last week, and I was invited to give a speech at the event. What could be more rewarding an audience than a roomful of librarians to talk about old books and the meaning of libraries! The conference focused on library customers, and I was asked to tell about how I used libraries when I worked a few years ago on my…

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Kaupungin piirteet, Stadens prägel, Outlining A City

New book about Helsinki: Outlining a City

The Pro Helsingfors Foundation has just published a fantastic new book about Helsinki: Kaupungin piirteet – Stadens prägel – Outlining a City. It is published by a small quality publisher AtlasArt and the editor is my distinguished colleague Juha Ilonen, architect, photographer, designer, educator, and author of several Helsinki books such as his intriguing urban study The Other Helsinki: The Reverse Face of Architecture in the City (2014). The hefty new book is outstanding both in…

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Helsinki Market Square

From Helsinki with love

Mother Nature seems to have forgotten Finland altogether. The last few weeks have been exceptionally cold – so cold that our famous weatherman recently burst into laughter in the middle of his daily forecast. Well, that’s Finnish spring for you, dear friends. Welcome to Helsinki, the city of warm hats, scarves and mittens in May. Should you seriously consider a visit to Helsinki, or should you be one of those fascinating freaks who collect guidebooks,…

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"Balloons" by Shaun Fisher is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

Vappu Special

Vuoden paras kevätjuhla eli vappu on pian käsillä. Saimme käsiimme kolme vintage-Äpyä, hopi hopi kauppaan! Äpy 1989 eli Äpysillis on pakattu kätevään sillipurkkiin. Räpylä-Äpy 1991 on keräilyharvinaisuus: lehden mukana tulee hieno Räpylä Cityman 91. Upea Finnish Design Äpy 2007 mallia Ivana Helsinki on pakattu kauniiseen, pinkkiin kangaspussukkaan. Kaikki kolme ovat luonnollisesti alkuperäispakkauksissaan. For our international friends: Äpy is a Finnish humour magazine produced by the students (and ex-students and all sorts of affiliates) of the Helsinki University…

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Architect's pens

Pens, pens, architect’s pens

Ask an architect about an architect’s pens and get lectured about precision and flow, thinness and blackness, price and durability. For someone who scribbles and dabbles notes and sketches for projects whenever in need, a pen is not just a pen, but a vehicle for thoughts and ideas. For those of you who are hard to please on the pen front, I am glad to give you four great alternatives that have just been updated…

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New York Central Park 2017

Inspiration from New York

I just returned home from a few days trip to New York, and although I should hastily update our shop shelves with our new acquisitions, I thought to first share some books & architecture related inspiration. The purpose of my trip was to give a paper at the 105th annual conference of the College Art Association, which is the largest professional association for visual artists and art historians in the US. What an awesome event…

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January updates to our services

The first days of the new year have brought an extreme weather to Helsinki. The cold record snapped -41.7°C in Lapland yesterday; here in the south it’s been around -20°C and windy. This January has also brought about an incentive to update our services. From the 15th of January 2017 onwards, we’ll apply new Terms & Conditions to our sales. Here’s a quick summary of the changes (In Finnish: below). Katso suomenkielinen yhteenveto muutoksista alempana.…

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