Still-life photographer Christoph Sagel was born in 1975 in Essen, Germany. In 1999 he set up his own studio in Düsseldorf, before extending his business to Munich and Hamburg. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2011.



This little beauty arrived a week ago! Since last Tuesday, I wanted to take some photos but I couldn't find the time. So Saturday morning, the only day with no rain and with plenty of light I managed to do the shooting. Don't be harsh on the result, I don't have a good camera yet...

A few weeks ago, me and Spiros visited "Temporary Showroom" by Alketas Pazis, located in a factory from the 50's. The place is huge and as soon as we went in I was astonished by the extensive collection of mid-century modern as well as industrial furniture, lightning and decorative items. For me it was like a treasure vault and I could stay there all day just looking around! I wanted to buy everything... but after some thought I decided to take something useful, something that's missing from my home. So I ended up with the dresser and the black & orange vase as a little extra!

The black & orange vase is from our visit to "Temporary Sowroom".
Alketas thank you once again for that!
The glass vase is the one I bought from Gidlööf on our trip to Barcelona.
The copper cans I bought online from OEN. Each one is handcrafted in Japan by a set of craftsman at the SyuRo studio in Torigoe, Tokyo.

The book Truck Nest by Truck Furniture is a gift from Spiros, also from OEN. And on top of my copies of MidCentury Magazine is my dad's old "KIEV" camera, which unfortunately is not working.

More about Alketas Pazis you can find in this article of Yatzer.

All photos © Fotini Masika


A sense of harmonious proportions, the lack of excess as well as a concern for open spaces that do not draw hard lines between indoor and outdoor space are the fundamental aspects in the work of the distinguished Greek architect Nicos Valsamakis. He was born in Athens (1924) and studied at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, Graduating in 1953. Since then he has run his own architectural design practice, in order to have complete control over each design.

Private residence in Anavyssos, 1963

Apartments building, 272 Kifissias Av., Chalandri, Athens, 1958
That's a building I see everyday on my way to work. Today it stands so old and neglected that it makes you wanna cry...

The architect's own residence, in Philothei, Athens, 1963
The house was illustrated in the book “One Hundred Houses for One Hundred European Architects for the 20th Century” by TASCHEN (along with the homes of architectural icons Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier...) and Valsamakis designed every part of it.

The Amalia Hotel in Delphi, 1965

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More info about the life and work of Nicos Valsamakis here



'systems' is an exhibition of com­mis­sioned poster designs and 60s Braun products, that is curated by das pro­gramm and produced in association with Braun. Thirty four leading graphic designer and stu­dios were invited to pro­duce a poster design on the theme of Braun sys­tems design. The exhibit will take place from Nov. 25 – Dec. 31 at the Wal­ter Knoll show­room in Lon­don.

Antonio Carusone - New York, NY - antoniocarusone.com

Ross Gunter - London, England - rossgunter.com

Spin - London, England - pin.co.uk

Playgroup - London, England - playgroup.com

Hey - Barcelona, Spain - heystudio.es

Lundgren+Lindqvist - Gothenburg, Sweden - lundgrenlindqvist.se

Toormix - Barcelona, Spain - toormix.com

Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
Wal­ter Knoll Lon­don
42, Char­ter­house Square
Lon­don EC1M 6EA
United King­dom
+44(0)20/77 96 59 50



All images by Hervé Goluza, a Paris based photographer.



Gerald Cinamon was born in Boston in 1930, and while at Yale University's Department of Graphic Arts in its School of Art and Architecture, he studied under some big names including Paul Rand, Herbert Matter, Alvin Eisenman and Armin Hofmann. He moved to England in 1960. In 1965 he joined Penguin Books and spent 20 years there, eventually becoming chief designer. Influenced by Swiss design, Cinamon works were a combination of bold colours, clean lines and sans serif typography that look as modern and fresh today as when they were first created.

If you want to see more of Gerlad Cinamon's work there is a new book by SEA, the "Graphic Design Gerald Cinamon" and you can find it here.

Resources:  designweek.co.uk  -  phaidon.com  -  50 Watts  -  flickr



"Firenze" ceiling light manufactured by Venini, Italy, 1995

Two vases from the "Fischietto" series (model no. 592 & no. 610) produced by the Società Ceramica Toscana di Figline for Galleria Il Sestante, Italy, 1960s & lidded vase, model no. 386 manufactured by Bitossi, for Galleria Il Sestante, Italy, circa 1965

Colored glass vase manufactured by Vistosi, Italy, circa 1977

"Hui" (model no. 451), "Ho" (model no. 452) and a pair of "Kua" (model no. 454) vases manufactured by CEdit, Italy, circa 1968

"Menta" totem produced by Bitossi, Italy, circa 1986



"Kreis 48" Lithograph, 1950

"Ausstellung - Gewerbemuseum Basel" Lithograph, 1952

"Old and New Forms in Japan" Silkscreen, 1959

"125 Jahre Stadt Theater Basel" Poster, 1960

"Art Education in the USA" Lithograph, 1961

"Herman Miller Collection, Möbel unserer Zeit" Lithograph, 1962

"TELL" Poster, 1963

"Plakate aus Sammlung des Gewerbe museums Basel" Linocut, 1964

Armin Hofmann was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, in 1920. After studying at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zurich, he worked as a lithographer in Basel and Bern, and opened a studio in Basel. In 1947, he began teaching at the Basel School of Arts and Crafts after meeting Emil Ruder on a train and learning that the school was looking for a teacher. Hofmann would remain there for 40 years. In 1968, he initiated the advanced class for graphic design, and in 1973 he became head of the graphic design department. He first taught in the United States at Philadelphia College of Art in 1955, and shortly after began teaching at Yale University, where he played a key role until his resignation in 1991. In 1965, he published "Graphic Design Manual", a distillation of the essential principles of his rational approach to teaching design. Nearly half a century later, the revised edition of this pedagogical classic is still in print.

"I feel that a sensible and meaningful form of advertising can be achieved by simplification of the formal language and by restraint in the treatment of the verbal message"

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