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The Bike Book Lifestyle. Passion. Design.


A visual reference for the most interesting, innovative, and unusual bikes around - A must-have for all bicycling enthusiasts and anyone interested in today’s lifestyle


There’s a certain freewheeling feeling only a bicycle provides. Most of us still recall getting one for our birthday. It’s our first vehicle—and often a lifetime favorite!


This book profiles all kinds of exceptional bikes. More than just ecofriendly transport, the racing bicycle represents athletic achievement. There are the trendy mountain bikes and the lightweight racers and tourers made of carbon and other space-age materials.

Let’s not forget the bike as lifestyle accessory—this book showcases stunning models from unique concepts to luxury brands.


  • Size: 25 x 32 cm / 9 7/8 x 12 2/3 in.
  • 220 pp. Hardcover with jacket
  • ca. 300 color photographs
  • Text in English, German, and French
  • 49.90 $ 59.95 £ 45
  • ISBN 978-3-8327-9605-1



Uta Brandes; Michael Erlhoff

My Desk is my Castle


The desk is a place of work and of action, but it also serves as a place to exhibit personal things and preferences. Thus it always characterizes in two ways a material and symbolic unity. The desk is not only very informative in itself, but also must always be studied and understood in the context of its cultural, gender-specific, and field-related surroundings. The focus of this study is a comparative analysis of the use of desks. Desks in insurance companies, banks, administrative authorities, call centers, and design studios in twelve countries on all continents were studied. This publication presents the results in the form of extensive visual material, empirical analyses, and critical essays. The study was carried out by the Koeln International School of Design (KISD) in collaboration with universities in Hong Kong; New York; Seoul; Taipei; Curitiba, Brazil; Pune, India; Auckland; Milan; and Fukuoka, Japan.


  • Release date December 2011
  • Author Uta Brandes; Michael Erlhoff
  • Graphic Design
  • Published by Birkhäuser
  • Language English
  • Size 9 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Format 320 pages, paperback
  • ISBN-10: 3034607741



Philip Jodidio



Audacious futurism - The forward-thinking work of a singular architect Zaha Hadid is a wildly controversial architect, who for many years built almost nothing, despite her designs winning prizes and critical acclaim. Some even said her work was unbuildable. Yet over the past decade she has completed numerous structures including the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the London Aquatics Center for the 2012 Olympics. Today, Hadid is firmly established among the élite of world architecture, her audacious and futuristic designs having catapulted her to international fame. Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN’s Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.


  • Release Date: 04/2012
  • by Philip Jodidio
  • 96 pages, Softcover, flaps, 18.5 x 23 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-8365-3069-9
  • 7.99

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