Drawing by Stefan Sebök in the book: In Search of a Forgotten Architect.

Architecture books 2017 – personal favourites 29th December 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

What architecture books did I find most inspiring, informative or interesting over the past year? I gathered a list of my top favourites from the books I’ve read this year. This listing has been grandiosely titled Architecture Books 2017, but it is not a review of brand new publications. Rather, I tried to gather my thoughts about the architecture books that I really enjoyed owning and reading in 2017. As I like to end the year…

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kirjavinkkejä arkkitehtuurin harrastajalle

Kirjavinkkejä arkkitehtuurin harrastajalle 1st December 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

Aiotko antaa joululahjaksi kirjoja? Oletko kirjavinkkejä kaipaava arkkitehtuurin ystävä? Suomenkieliselle arkkitehtuurin harrastajalle on melkoisen hankalaa löytää korkealaatuista arkkitehtuuriaiheista luettavaa. Uutta arkkitehtuurikirjallisuutta julkaistaan suomeksi harmittavan vähän, ja turhan moni julkaisu on joko suunnattu alan ammattilaisille tai kirjoitettu turhan heppoisin oletuksin arkkitehtuurin perusteista. Kävin läpi tämänhetkistä myyntiluetteloamme, omia ja lähipiirin kirjasuosikkeja ja kokosin tähän blogiin muutamia arkkitehtuuriaiheisia lahjaideoita ja kirjavinkkejä. Alla olevassa luettelossa on suomenkielisiä arkkitehtuurikirjoja, joita voin lämpimästi suositella jokaisen arkkitehtuurin ystävän kirjahyllyyn. Kirjavinkkejä ei ole…

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Hietsun paviljonki shop corner

Our bookshop opening hours | Kirjakauppamme aukioloajat 2017 7th November 2017 – Posted in: News

[In English, please scroll down] Kirjakauppamme uusi työhuone Hietsun Paviljongissa alkaa olla siinä kunnossa, että voin avata ovet ja toivottaa ihmiset tervetulleeksi tutkimaan hyllyjä ja lueskelemaan mielenkiintoisia arkkitehtuurikirjoja eri aihepiireistä ja eri aikakausilta. Valikoima elää koko ajan, eikä verkkokaupassa ole kuin osa kirjoista. Julisteita on ripustettu esille seinille, ja esillä on myös Pilotin ja Pentelin ihania kyniä ja Midorin muistikirjoja, joita voit kokeilla rauhassa. Mahdolliset ostokset voit maksaa kortilla. Loppuvuoden 2017 aukioloajat Päivitetty 1.12.2017 ja…

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Hietsun Paviljonki

New service: Local Pickup from Hietsun Paviljonki in Helsinki 20th October 2017 – Posted in: News

We have some great news to share: we have a new workroom and storage space, and from now on, you can choose to pick up your order from Hietsun Paviljonki in Helsinki. This new Local Pickup option is available for all our customers and naturally, it’s a totally cost-free shipping option for you. Until further notice, we’re open only by appointment, so please contact us if you plan to visit us. Kivoja uutisia: saimme käyttöömme…

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Architecture books on display

Our architecture bookshop goes live at the market 27th September 2017 – Posted in: News

“Nobody reads architecture books nowadays!” Heh, you couldn’t be more wrong. Our architecture bookshop went live at the HDW Design Market a few weeks back. Based on these recent experiences, many seem to think that architecture is a fascinating art. Moreover, good architecture books – both old and new – have a solid audience. Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by at the Bookmarchitecture stall in Turbiinihalli. I had a great weekend and I…

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Modernism in Scandinavia: Art, Architecture and Design

Parallels and differences: Dr Charlotte Ashby and Modernism in Scandinavia 5th September 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

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? 17th August 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

“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 29th July 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

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 20th June 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

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 1st June 2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

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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