We first became aware of designer Krzysztof Lukasik in 2012, from his extraordinary diploma project, Pétrifications. We've watched his work progress since then to where he is now, the Jewellery, Gifts, Accessories, Eyewear & SLG Senior Designer at legendary luxury house Loewe. Here, he shares his summer reading.
Vita Yang is a Taipei-based illustrator whose first charming and original work we first encountered on Instagram. Her work has been featured by an impressive array of fashion & design brands, and we were delighted when Vita sent this reading list, including drawings of each book...
We're happy to present this stunning plant-related reading list by Jai & Julia, founders of The Perennial Institute. It's a dream list for anyone interested in the intersection of plant life & contemporary creative practice. Thanks, Jai & Julka!
We're pleased to present our 7th year of collecting Summer Reading Lists. As in the past, we've got book recommendations coming from a range of artists, writers, shopkeepers, designers, and other interesting people we admire. And, as usual, we're starting off with a list by Book/Shop founder Erik Heywood. We'll post new lists every few weeks here on The Book/Shop Journal, so check back often. You can also explore past lists here. Happy Reading!
Kirsten Chen has worked both in the shop & behind the scenes at Book/Shop since the summer of 2016. A student at UC Berkeley, Kirsten is pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses on art history and industrial engineering & operations research. She's also a constant world-traveller, helping out with Book/Shop events & projects in between her intense studies, long trips & internships at places like Visionaire. Thanks, Kirsten!
Ogden Olivas picks up the next entry in our Staff Recommendations feature, where we ask a worker, past or present, to share a book recommendation, as well as a few suggestions for enjoying the book. Ogden is a student of photography and ecology at California College of the Arts. He went from being a frequent customer at our Oakland shop to a helper there in the autumn of 2017. Born in Santa Fe, Ogden is a citizen of the world who has lived everywhere and reads everything (as you'll see in his multiple recommendations). He's also an experienced fencer who we've made Book/Shop's first sponsored athlete. Thanks, Ogden!
Brianna D'Estries is a third-year Legal Studies student at UC Berkeley who has helped at the shop since early 2017. Born in California, she was educated at a French International School, where she became fluent in the language (her French mother also helped!). Brianna loves books of lyric poetry and heady theory, and so the book she chose as part of our ongoing series [see others here!] came as no surprise. Thanks, Brianna!
Karen Schaupeter is the brilliant mind behind Ed. Varie, a pioneering art gallery, publisher, and bookstore with locations in New York and Los Angeles. Karen's work extends beyond the walls of her spaces, though; her work as a stylist is extensive, with dozens of books and ad campaigns to her credit. We're excited to jump into her recommendations, covering everything from rock music to Japanese design, social justice and family dynamics. Thanks, Karen!
Grégoire Alexandre is a Paris-based photographer whose works transcend that label. Christian Lacroix called his work "contemporary poetry" and clients from Issey Miyaki and Pierre Hardy to Nike and Montcler agree. Impeccably modern and instantly timeless, we find Alexandre's work to be deeply inspiring. We're pleased to share his summer reading recommendations, of which he says "Some of these selections I've already read some time ago and others still I haven’t, but I want to dive into them all this summer. Each is about creation and art." Merci, Grégoire!
The Skirt Chronicles is our favorite new magazine from Paris. We were lucky enough to have an event with its three effervescent co-founders in April of this year at Small Shop in the Marias. Sarah, Haydée & Sofia are some of the smartest, coolest, and most enthusiastic people we've been involved with in a long time. We're honored to carry Skirt Chronicles in our Oakland shop & we're very pleased to share a few summer reading recommendation from these amazing women.