Themes

Starter Packs for the generalist

June: Ontology of things

June: Ontology of things

Books in the Ontology of Things collection.
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The psychological power of possessions.

About the Collection:

Humans are materialistic by nature, but we have an odd relationship with the things we own. Possessions enrich our lives but they also come at a cost, both environmental and psychological. 

In this collection, we take stock of our ambivalent relationship with material goods, size up the things that humans actually needs and consider the ways possessions define us and ponder the future of ownership. These books look at how we separate our "stuff" from our "selves".  

Inspired by:

Tchotchkes, Louis Vuitton's $1200 Jenga set, Marie Kondo, Michael Landy and the breakdown he had in 2001 where he systematically destroyed every item amassed over his 37 years on earth.

July: Mysticism

July: Mysticism

Books in the Mysticism collection.
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A dreamy confusion of thought.

About the Collection:

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the extension of all true art and science. This is a collection for the curious, deep thinkers who feel like small particles of dust, floating, falling and drifting through life, oddly questioning if there is a deeper meaning to the meandering, working and sleeping we do.

Inspired by:

Nirvana, John Coltrane, UFO’s, enlightenment and divine experiences, escape the room and spiritual shamans.

August: Ephemera

August: Ephemera

Books in the Ephemera collection.
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A small moment in time.

About the Collection:

In this collection we’ve chosen books that focus on short moments of time, things that are transitory and fleeting. We’ve selected titles that talk more in detail about things that are not intended to be preserved and savored. We’re thinking bookmarks, catalogues, letters from your primary school best friend, odd birthday cards from your neighbor, concert tickets and zines.

Inspired by:

Kanye West at the White House, Tide Pod challenge, Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears, and 6th grade love letters.

September: Nostalgia

September: Nostalgia

Books in the Nostalgia collection.
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Active Memories.

About the Collection:

Everyone loves to go back in time, to reflect on things that were, resurface cultural movements, old memories, embarrassing photos and oral stories. In this collection we wanted to resurface beautiful books that remind us of past generations and the cultural movements they have inspired.

Inspired by:

A Scene at the Sea, 1991 Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Woodstock, The Berlin Wall, The beat movement, the tamagotchi craze, the 90’s crushes, the Parent Trap.

October: Vessels

October: Vessels

Books in the Vessels collection.
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Containers and the things they hold. 

About the Collection:

We were inspired in the literal and metaphorical meanings behind vessels. Our bodies are emphatically the containers that hold what is truly important, looking at how we take care of and hold ourselves. This collection is also inspired by ceramic vases and the different shapes and objects that they hold.

Inspired by:

Japanese ceramics, Herman Melville’s famous Bartleby, Human fondness for received structures, Wabi Sabi.