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H. R. Giger
Alien Diaries

HR Giger worked in the Shepperton Studios near London from February to November 1978, creating the figures and sets for the film Alien (1979) directed by Ridley Scott. The film became an international success, earning Giger an Oscar. In the transcribed Alien Diaries, published here for the first time as a facsimile, HR Giger describes his work in the studios. He writes, sketches, and takes photographs with his Polaroid SX70. With brutal honesty, sarcasm and occasional despair, Giger describes what it is like working for the film industry and how he struggles against all odds — be it the stinginess of producers or the sluggishness of his staff — to see his designs become reality. The Alien Diaries (in German transcription with an English translation) show a little-known personal side of the artist HR Giger and offer an unusual, detailed glimpse into the making of a movie classic through the eyes of a Swiss artist. The book contains almost completely unpublished material, including drawings, Polaroids showing the monster coming to life, and several still shots from the plentiful film material that Giger took in Shepperton.

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Ashley Bickerton
Susie

The girls name “Susie” served as a trademark for Ashley Bickerton’s work, he showed during the 1980s in New York until moving to Bali. His intriguing painterly and sculptural pieces derive from commodity aesthetics, marketing language and corporate culture. At the time they were shown in the context of the seminal group of artists – often referred to as “Neo-Geo” – consisting of Bickerton, Halley, Koons and Vaisman at Sonnabend gallery.

Ashley Bickerton – Susie is the first monographic close reading of Bickerton’s influential early work. Contributions by Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Fredi Fischli, Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Bob Nickas, Niels Olsen, Thomas Lawson and John C. Welchmann offer a wide range of critical views on his practice.

Awarded: “Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2014”.

Ashley Bickerton (born 1959 in Barbados, West Indies, lives and works in Bali, Indonesia) graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 and continued his education in the Independent Studies Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. A seminal figure in the East Village scene, Bickerton was one of the original members of a group of artists known as “Neo-Geo,” and to this day, he remains an influential figure with a younger generation of artists. Over the last twenty-five years, Bickerton’s work has been exhibited extensively in nearly every major museum around the world. His work can be found in numerous museum collections worldwide.

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ROBERT & TRIX HAUSSMANN

Trix and Robert Haussmann are two of the most important architects, designers and theoreticians, consequential in influencing and helping to displace classical modernism in Switzerland. They have realized about 650 projects in their lifetime; in Zurich these include the Da-Capo-Bar, the new main train station, the boutique Weinberg and the Kronenhallenbar. The year 1967 marks their marriage and the establishment of their joint office Allgemeine Entwurfsanstalt. It is also the year they began working together, a collaboration which has brought forth works breaking with the dogmas of entrenched architectural practices. In addition to designing buildings and furniture, they have developed a rich theoretical œuvre that is presented for the first time in this publication. This book will form the basis for any future assessment of their work.
Trix + Robert Haussmann’s monograph opens the publication series STUDIOLO / Edition Patrick Frey, a collaboration between the publisher and the exhibition space STUDIOLO. The curators Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen run a varied program of contemporary art productions in an atelier house in Zurich. The exhibition The Log-O-Rhythmic Slide Rule shown in spring 2012 was dedicated to the work of Trix and Robert Haussmann and is the basis for this publication, which, with illustrations, essays, texts by artists and a discussion, provides an in-depth look into the rich creative work of the Swiss architect and designer couple.

With texts by Fredi Fischli, Liam Gillick, Karl Holmqvist, Niels Olsen, Trix & Robert Haussmann and Gabrielle Schaad in German and English.

design by Teo Schifferli

This title is now out of print.

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Trix and Robert Haussmann
Weinberg & Co - Haussmann für Weinberg

The collaboration between the family-run, specialty fashion store Weinberg and the design and architect duo of Trix and Robert Haussmann spans a quarter century. Not only did they work together on shaping the Weinberg stores along the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, but within the context of this working relationship, also for fashion brands, including Lanvin and Courrèges, for which they developed together atmospheric and cleverly innovative store concepts in the vein of the Haussmann’s “Critical Mannerism.” Using plans, drawings, and architectural photographs, Haussmann für Weinberg sheds light on their six collaborations that date back twenty years from the publication date of 2015. It is accompanied by a conversation between the art historian Gabrielle Schaad, Trix and Robert Haussmann, as well as the architect duo of Isa Stürm and Urs Wolf, who wrote a new chapter in the company’s history when they renovated the Weinberg Ladies’ Store in late 2014, as the book went to press. Richly illustrated with news clippings and company brochures Haussmann für Weinberg is a fashion, design, and architecture book in equal parts that precisely captures the Zeitgeist and shines a light on an ironic, illusionistic, Swiss Modernism that goes beyond strictly “good form.”

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