NEWWORK MAGAZINE, Issue 5
The fifth issue of NEWWORK MAGAZINE finds a range of artists and designers exploring the concept of grace,
infusing their very different work with a similar attunement to the ineffable, the elegant, the sublime. A survey of books from St. Gallen showcases three generations of book designers who have stayed true to their city’s heritage as the heart of Swiss book design while breaking new ground (and old rules) with playful use of asymmetry and unconventional typographic design. Grandfather to this vibrant multigenerational movement is Rudolf Hosteler, editor of Typografische Monatsblätter, who mentored Jost Hochuli, master typographer, graphic designer, and book designer. Hochuli, in turn, served as teacher to the founding members of the award-winning Swiss design team, TGG Hafen Senn Stieger and to Gaston Isoz, an accomplished book designer working out of Berlin. While each of these designers takes a unique aesthetic approach, they are united by a fascination with graceful creative solutions.
Joining the book designers in this issue is Jürgen Bergbauer, a German-born fine artist / photographer who obsessively photographs rocks, extracts them from their natural contexts, and places them into flat off-white spaces, producing studies that temper analytical beauty with radiant calm. Taka Mayumi, Japanese-born, Paris-based fashion photographer, produces a breathtaking fashion story of genderless beauty. And veteran photographer Lillian Bassman breathes new life into the “mad men”-era glamour she helped define with her iconic imagery and maverick darkroom techniques. As Bassman’s interview with NEWWORK reveals, her own inimitable grace flows from equal parts vision, spunk and timeless sex appeal.