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Die Gestalten Verlag

Posted Dec. 5, 2017, 1:02 p.m. by T

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Die Gestalten Verlag is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography. The company has 30 staff members through offices in Berlin, London, New York and Tokyo.

What makes a good publisher?

Let’s see…

A passion for books is a good start.

Vision, imagination, and an ability to work with both creative and commercial acumen.


The mélange of all these aspects is the fundamental challenge of publishing.

Die Gestalten Verlag is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography.

Initially founded in 1990 by industrial design students Markus Hollmann-Loges, Andreas Peyerl and Robert Klanten, the company has expanded from graphic design books to a broad range of activities. In addition to producing and distributing video podcasts, calendars, art editions and toys, Gestalten is an international leader in curation, direction and design services for the likes of Volkswagen, Uniqlo and Diesel.

The company has 30 staff members through offices in Berlin, London, New York and Tokyo.

Die Gestalten Verlag had a big idea and they have transformed into reality.  A triumph of a brand identity

Gestalten has fine-tuned an approach to design that has successfully translated around the world.

Die Gestalten Verlag’s literary emissions look good.

They feel good.

They nurture.


Die Gestalten has shown great innovation in becoming a publisher with a global lookout without going corporate per se thanks to their brilliant eye and feel for books.

Gestalten's books are unique in the industry as all are edited and designed by designers.

They typically document and anticipate vital trends in visual culture, the results of which Print Magazine has called "timeless" and "a perfect expression of our time."

Gestalten's "Logos" series are a long-running bestseller and are influential in art schools and graphic design studios internationally.

They have also published the monographs of critically acclaimed designers, including Marcel Wanders, Arne Quinze and Jaime Hayon.


In 1994, Die Gestalten created their first book, “Localizer,” together with Chromapark. It was one of the first books to cover the burgeoning techno and electronic music scene in a strong visual and comprehensive survey.


In 2002, Gestalten published the world's smallest book, a leather-bound, 26-page ABC-picture book from artist Joshua Reichert, which came packaged with a magnifying glass.

Following the Asian tsunami crisis in December 2004, Gestalten teamed up with UK design agency ILovedust to produce a charity book. "A Book Designed to Help" was released in March 2005 and donated all proceeds to charities in the region.

The publication of "Neubau Welt" the same year featured designer Stefan Gandl and his team, and included an encyclopedic catalogue of over 1,000 vector-based drawings of common objects and three original Neubau fonts. According to Creative Review, the book "proved so popular with the design community that the first edition sold out within eight weeks.

The company also has its own foundry, Gestalten Fonts, and offers a selection of text fonts, display fonts and experimental fonts created by designers and for designers.

With their extensive range of titles, Gestalten not only seek too enhance and to enrich our reader's lives, but to continually engage with the surrounding creative landscape.


Using a myriad of observations of culture, people, art, and other intimate inspirational informants, Gestalten documents and anticipates movements in architecture, visual culture, design & fashion, escapism, food & beverages, travel, and contemporary art.

In 2014, Little Gestalten joined the literary ranks and ensured that there was a place for readers of all ages within the world of Gestalten.

A collaboration that got me excited from the get go was Gestalten joining forces with Monocle. 

Based in London and acclaimed the world over, MONOCLE has delivered a unique briefing on global affairs, business, culture, and design since it was founded by Tyler Brûlé in 2007. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafes in Tokyo and London.

Three examples of Monocle’s themed books with Gestalten shall be highlighted here: After showing readers how to build a better life, guiding them to good business, one of the more recent books is focused on how to build a nation.

How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide is a thought-provoking primer that informs and inspires.

They are not talking about might, muscle, or nationalism—although you need a bit of a swagger every now and then.

They are talking about a country that feels like a cohesive community, knows what to value, and goes out into the world to gently get its way with soft power, fine ambassadors, and compelling cultural offerings.

At home, this country celebrates good education, well-made institutions, and its own people and their skills.

The Monocle “Guide to Cozy Homes” tells us how to transform an abode into a home. Both a practical guide and a source of inspiration, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes presents the interiors, furniture, and locations you need to know about along with portraits of the people who can make it happen. 

It celebrates the durable and the meaningful through a collection of homes that tell a story. Most architecture and interior books show houses polished to perfection, manicured to the extent that it is hard to imagine anybody actually lives there: they seem to miss the point that homes are meant to be inhabited. They should be able to take scuffs and knocks and to be part of a community, whether in a Chicago skyscraper or on Australia’s sunshine coast. 

Gestalten / Monocle’s Travel Guides have covered all major destinations.

One of the more recent ones, cover Lisbon.

Like the seven sun-dappled hills that overlook the sparkling Rio Tejo, Lisbon has had its ups and downs. Nevertheless, the plucky city has always bounced back and today it’s positively thriving: well-traveled residents and foreign talent are opening smart businesses behind every other crumbling, azulejo-covered façade.

Most visitors spend their time in the historic old town but Monocle takes you further afield. They’ve combed the cobbled streets to find the best bacalhau, the creamiest pastéis de nata and the sweetest ginjinha. They’ve visited museums dedicated to everything; from horse-drawn carriages to cutting-edge technology and discovered daringly modern architecture among red-tiled townhouses and baroque churches.

Their favourite hotels range from a refurbished 15th-century palácio to a glossy guesthouse, while the retail we rate includes a family-run glove-maker and a snappy bookshop with an in-house gallery.

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