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Form + Zweck: Zeitschrift für Gestaltung, Special Boxed Set of Issues 1-17 (12 Volumes)

Publisher: Berlin: Form + Zweck, 1991
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Boxed Set
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110918

$3,000.00

Specifics

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1991-2000. First edition, first printing. Special boxed set containing issue numbers 1-17 (12 total volumes), housed in a custom-designed and printed paper-covered slipcase with heavy cardstock dividers separating each uniquely constructed volume. Box measures 13-3/4 x 8-3/4 x 9-1/4 inches. Approximately 20 complete sets were produced (limited by the very few number of copies of early issues then available in the publisher's archive).

Condition

New in publisher's packaging (each volume wrapped in protective glassine by the publisher when the sets were assembled).

Description

Originally published from 1956-1990 as Form und Zweck (Form and Purpose), this formerly East German government-sponsored design publication was commercially reformulated as Form+Zweck after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The resulting publication stands as one of the world's most innovative and uncompromising design journals, encompassing wide-ranging topics such as architecture, graphic design, fashion, furniture, industrial design, textile design, typography, automobiles, everyday living, and more. The physical form of each volume is designed to express the volume's theme through carefully selected colors, imagery, varied paper stocks, typography, and sophisticated overall concepts.

Background: In 1980s East Berlin (before the Wall came down), the government-controlled entity “Form und Zweck” (a husband-and-wife team) existed to publish periodicals with information (i.e., content) about "design" as it related to various industries and other subject matter. State-run agencies such as this one were primarily focused on "providing information to the people” across a broad range of themes. Although the supposed purpose of “Form und Zweck” was to address issues regarding industrial and other areas of “design” (e.g., typography), the actual published periodicals were required to be in a standardized format (they were also printed on recycled paper only). The editors were very constrained with their “designs.” Any appearance that may be thought to support consumerist or capitalistic leanings was censored. As workers for the East German government, the editors could not express, in print, most all of the ideas that were meaningful to them.

This all changed after the Wall came down. In the 1990s, the same husband-and-wife team trademarked the name “FORM + ZWECK” and started anew. Without oversight, they could now create “periodicals” that made use of unusual layouts, cutting-edge designs, employing various types of paper and other materials, unusual binding techniques and radical layouts, resulting in the extraordinary, exceptionally well-designed publications included in this set. This spectacular boxed set consists of the following volumes, most of which are out of print:

Form+Zweck 1: Ökologie und Design (1991). Soft cover (saddle-bound). Unbleached fibered wrappers with French folds, with title stamped in purple ink on cover; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat and Jörg Petruschat. Text in German. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Gunter Horntrich, Alfred Hückler, Nguyen van Huong, Walter-R. Stahel, Gerhard Gohl, Michael Erlhoff, Thilo Hilpert, Michael Lange, Till Dorst, Chup Friemert and Martin Keim. Designed by grappa, Berlin. 64 pp., with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed monochromatically on newsprint, with each print signature (group of 8 pages) perforated along the bottom edge and unfolding into a poster. Includes a laid-in set of 12 two-sided cards with four-color illustrations keyed to the page and illustration numbers. 12 x 8-1/2 inches. ISBN: 9783935053457.

Form+Zweck 2+3: Noch einmal: Ökologie, noch einmal: Recycling, noch einmal: DDR (1991). Soft cover (Swiss brochure binding). Photographically illustrated, tri-fold wrapper enclosing a perfect-bound book with black cloth binding at spine; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Gui Bonsiepe, Tomás Maldonado, Beate-Mechthild Schulz, Irmgard Schultz, Heiko Schiller, Sabine Teutloff, Gerhard Cordes, Reinhard Kranz, Bodo Hacke, Günter Höhne, Silke Rothkirch, Simone Hain, Heinz Hirdina, Manuela Belschner, Natascha Wenger, Marion Maier, Ariane Benhidjeb, Jens-Ole Kracht, Marcus Keichel, Ulrike Küster and Martin Sacher. Designed by grappa, Berlin. 128 pp., with four-color illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors and orientations on smooth, uncoated paper. 12-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. ISBN: 9783935053464.

Form+Zweck 4+5: Visuelle Kommunikation. Information Design (1992). Soft cover (Swiss brochure binding). Tri-fold cardstock wrapper with embossed title and pink issue number on cover enclosing a perfect-bound book with yellow cloth binding at spine; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Claude Schnaidt, Markus Schmölz, Jacqueline Berndt, Anke Feuchtenberger, Holger Fickelscherer, Erik Spiekermann, Thomas Rurik, Michael Burke, Peter Wildbur, Joachim Krausse, Kashiwagi Hiroshi, Simone Hain, Klaus Körner, Claudia Rodegast, Volker Handloik, Beate Mechthild-Schulz, Heinz Hirdina, Michael Klar and Gui Bonsiepe. Designed by grappa, Berlin. 128 pp., with four-color illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors on smooth, uncoated paper. 12-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. ISBN: 9783935053471.

Form+Zweck 6: Design. Begriff und Berufsbild (1992). Soft cover (Japanese binding). Photographically illustrated cardstock wrappers bound with white twine; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Gui Bonsiepe, Charles Owen, Hans G. Helms, Gerhard Cordes, Klaus Körner, Michael Drewelow, Sophie Alex, Thomas Fiehn, Dietrich Hasse, Ingmar Hendrix, Annke Osthues, Heinz Hirdina and Friedrich Tomburg. Designed by grappa, Berlin. 64 pp., with monochromatic illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors on smooth, uncoated paper. 12-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches. ISBN: 9783935053488.

Form+Zweck 7+8: Mitgedacht -- dabeigewesen, Kleine Weltlaterne, Urbanität (1993). Soft cover (Swiss brochure binding). Photographically illustrated, tri-fold wrapper enclosing a perfect-bound book with gray cloth binding at spine; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German. Includes a laid-in, 32-page booklet with yellow tissue wrappers containing an English translation of the main text. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Chup Friemert, Heiko Bartels, Hardy Fischer, Harald Hullmann, Friedrich Kittler, Andreas Schneider, Hiroyoshi Ishibashi, Hartmut Lettow, Michèle-Anne Daupp, Michael Simon, Knut Hickethier, Wolfgang Zacharias, Marcus Kiechel, Jens-Ole Kracht, Jörg Zeidler, Cornelia Seidler, Holger Brohm and Michael Brie. Designed by cyan, Berlin. 128 pp., with four-color illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors and orientations on smooth, uncoated paper. 12-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. ISBN: 9783935053495.

Form+Zweck 9+10: Kleine Weltlaterne, Art Déco (1994). Hardcover. Heavy plain boards with title printed in blue on cover and quarter-bound in orange cloth; with photographically illustrated oil-paper dust jacket and woven blue page-marker ribbon. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Justus Theinert, Ulrike Brandi, Rainer-W. Ernst, Elisabeth Linnebuhr, Jaechoon Yoo, Kenji Ekuan, Monika Fecht, Heinz Hirdina and Guido Alfs. Designed by cyan, Berlin. 128 pp., with four-color illustrations throughout. The majority of text and images are printed in various colors (including metallic inks) and orientations on thin, tissue-like paper; with an 8-page section illustrating African textiles printed on heavier, smooth white paper. 12-3/4 x 8-1/2 inches. ISBN: 9783935053501.

Form+Zweck 11+12: Reparatur, Zoo, Art Déco (1995). Hardcover (Swiss brochure binding). Photographically illustrated and perforated tri-fold wrapper enclosing three layers of heavy boards and the book itself, which is bound on the right side with an exposed, glued spine; no dust jacket as issued. The entire assembly is pierced through with 1/4-inch drilled holes. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Alfred Sohn-Rethel, Anjelika Petruschat, Hans G. Helms, Matt Price, Henk-John Hipfel, Jack Burnett-Stuart, Michael Matuschka, Jürgen Patzak-Poor, Norbert Mutschmann, Mark Tilden, Bernd Brunner, Christoph Schilling and Monika Fecht. Designed by cyan, Berlin. 152 pp., with four-color illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors and orientations on thin, smooth, uncoated paper, with printed, translucent, vellum-like interleaving debossed with a spider-web pattern between each chapter. 12-3/4 x 8-3/8 inches. ISBN: 9783935053518.

Form+Zweck 13: Fünf Ebenen eines Augenblicks (1996). Soft cover. Photographically illustrated, tri-fold wrapper enclosing a spiral-bound book with multi-paneled gatefold pages; no dust jacket as issued. Published by Jörg Petruschat and Chup Friemert. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Silke Rothkirch. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Marc von Henning, John Epstein, Peter Craven, Thomas Gardner and Chup Friemert, with passages by various authors, including Chingiz Aitmatov, Hanan Ashrawi, August Bebel, Ingmar Bergmann, Bertolt Brecht, Alexandre Dumas, Marguerite Duras, Jaroslav Hasek, Siegfried Kracauer, Lothar Kühne, Eufemia of Kudriaffsky, Adolf Loos, Adolf Muschg, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Tom Segev. Includes a laid-in, four-color folded poster (37 x 26-1/2 inches). Designed by Sabine Gold and Tom Gebhardt. Winner of the Saxon State Prize for Design. 128 pp. (plus gatefolds), with black-and-white and monochromatic illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors and orientations on smooth, white, uncoated paper. 13-1/8 x 8-7/8 inches. ISBN: 97833980467919.

Form+Zweck 14: Zur Anpassung des Designs an die digitalen Medien (1997). Hardcover. Heavy matte black boards debossed with title on cover, with white cloth spine; no dust jacket as issued. The entire book is pierced with a rectangular opening through the binding, creating a square void in each page spread. The book is contained in a mylar-covered slipcase with square reflective panels and concentric grooves. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat and Chup Friemert. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Joseph Weizenbaum, Joachim Sauter, Hans G. Helms, Chup Friemert, Adib Fricke, Helmut Staubach, Nils Krüger, Ann Grove White and Carsten Schlegel. Designed by Sabine Golde and Tom Gebhardt. 154 pp., with black-and-white illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in black and pink on thin, uncoated paper. 12 x 7-5/8 inches. ISBN: 3980467937.

Form+Zweck 15: Text, Textil, Textur / William Morris I (1998). Soft cover. Two bound books, each with printed wrappers, contained in a single, screen-printed, die-cut dust jacket with a matrix of circular openings. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat, Silke Rothkirch and Chup Friemert. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Anna Döpfner, Regina Lösel, Petra Martin, Angela Hauser, Kerstin Kraft, Chup Friemert, Oskar Negt, Kurt Löcher and Carl-Wolfgang Schümann. Designed by Gaston Isoz. 152 pp. total, with four-color illustrations throughout each book. Text and images are printed in various colors on a variety of paper types, including translucent, vellum-like stock, coated kraft paper and rag paper. 11-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches. ISBN: 3980467945.

Form+Zweck 16: Markierungen / William Morris II (1999). Soft cover. Two bound books, each with printed wrappers, contained in a single, screen-printed, corrugated paper dust jacket with black ink stamp. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat, Silke Rothkirch and Chup Friemert. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Joachim Krausse, Peter Fibich, Stefan Wachter, Pierre de Sciullo, Chup Friemert, Wolfgang Lottes, Eva-Maria Hanebutt-Benz, Hans-Heinrich Moldenschardt and Wolfgang Kemp. Designed by Gaston Isoz. 144 pp. total, with monochrome illustrations throughout each book. Text and images are printed in various colors on a variety of paper types, including coated and uncoated papers. 11-1/4 x 7-1/2 inches. ISBN: 3980467988.

Form+Zweck 17: Morphologie / Neobiologie (2000). Soft cover. French-fold wrappers printed with iridescent lavender/green ink; no dust jacket as issued. Edited by Anjelika Petruschat, Jörg Petruschat, Silke Rothkirch and Chup Friemert. Text in German and English. Contributors include Jörg Petruschat, Silke Rothkirch, Thomas S. Ray, Frei Otto, Werner Nachtigall, Bert Lorenz, Hilko Neupert, Karl Rueskäfer and Reinhard Krüger. Designed by Sabine Golde and Tom Unverzagt. 64 pp., with black-and-white and four-color illustrations throughout. Text and images are printed in various colors on smooth, uncoated paper. 11-1/4 x 7-5/8 inches. ISBN: 398046797X.