Berlin Post-War Modernism – New Book!

Would you like it modern? Author Nicola von Albrecht charts ideas and initiatives of the German Werkbund for modern living in the aftermath of WWII. Alongside historic documents the book presents works from the D.I.Y. Home Advice Centre which was part of the successful exhibition of the same name at the Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things in 2017.

gern modern? Wohnkonzepte für Berlin nach 1945 (in German only)
Schaukasten # 5 (publication series of the museum)
Concept / Author: Nicola von Albrecht
Editors: Werkbundarchiv – Museum of Things and Nicola von Albrecht
Book Design (based on the series design by Simone Schöler): Rose Apple

Find out more about the exhibition (that I co-designed) and the DIY Home Advice Centre (that I co-curated) here! The book is available via the shop of the Museum of Things or their website.

Photos of the book by Rose Apple

Find the Thinglings!

Kids’ museum activity and booklet
Concept, text and graphic design: Rose Apple
Free entry every first Sunday of the month at the
Museum of Things, Oranienstr. 25, 10999 Berlin.
Book your free ticket here!
See more of my design of the Museums Sunday here.
All photos by Rose Apple, unless otherwise credited. A big thanks to Oscar and Agata for finding the Thinglings and for letting me take photos of the search.  


Hausbesuch – home visit – is the name of an European project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Over a period of 7 months, 10 renowned authors from 10 European countries travelled to 17 European cities and visited 40 private homes. The writers came to eat, drink, read and enter into discussions with their hosts and subsequently reflect on their experiences. Their accounts have now been published by Berlin based e-book publishers Frohmann Verlag. Continue reading “Hausbesuch”

We-Traders E-Book

We-Traders – Swapping Crisis for City is an exhibition project of the Goethe-Institut that gathered 30 activists promoting urban change in Madrid, Lisbon, Turin, Toulouse, Berlin and Brussels from 2012 until 2015. You can read more about the We-Traders platform, that I co-curated with Angelika Fitz in this post.

To mark the end of the process, we teamed up with Vienna urban research publishers dérive and produced this e-book. It combines theory and practice of collaborative place-making and asks questions about this current urban culture’s potential for the future. You can download the free e-book We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City from the website of the Goethe-Institut Brussels.


We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City.
Learning from urban practice.
Publisher: Goethe-Institut e.V.
Co-publisher: Angelika Fitz and dérive – urban research
Concept, editing, production: Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth / dérive
Design: Rose Apple
Programming: Scott Alexander, ringebooks.
With texts by: Julia Albani, Leonie Baumann, Sonja Beeck, Santiago Eraso Beloki, Charlotte Bonduel, Javier Duero, Rose Epple, Angelika Fitz, Julia Förster, Alain Gatti, Stéphane Gruet, Frauke Hehl, Susanne Höhn, Rolf Novy-Huy, Common Josaphat, Elke Krasny, Jessica Kratz Magri, Christoph Laimer, Andreas Novy, Lisa Parola, Luisa Perlo, Elke Rauth, Marco Revelli, Matteo Robiglio, Stavros Stavrides, Chloé Viénot

Two Books About Documentary Films

Talking about Films

Seven conversations about documentary film between established and aspiring filmmakers and the curators of Subjective are framed by views of the Munich exhibition. The layout of the conversations makes their distinctive rhythms visible.

Subjektiv. Sprechen über Film
edition text + kritik, Munich, 2013, 128 pages, thread stitching, soft cover
Editors: Pinakothek der Moderne, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film
Graphic Concept, layout, cover photography: Rose Apple


Documentary Film in the 21st Century

The book presents all 88 documentary films shown in the exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne. Each film is represented by one scene in three screenshots and its transcribed sound track.

Subjektiv. Dokumentarfilm im 21. Jahrhundert
edition text + kritik, Munich, 2010, 224 pages, thread stitching, soft cover
Editors: Pinakothek der Moderne, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

You can see more of the exhibition in this post: Subjective. Documentary Film

Working Places

Four people on their way to work. They come from different places and they perform different functions in the editorial team of the book: the editor from Vienna, the project manager from Aachen, the designer and the photographer from Berlin. Their mission: to portray three new office buildings in book form.

editorial team of Arbeitende Orte

All three of these buildings are by award-winning architects kadawittfeldarchitektur, who have consequently thought long and hard about what a modern office could be. Technology has changed the places where people work. Or rather, technology has enabled people to work in other places than at a desk in an office. Nowadays you can work in your bed, on the street, in your car, in the air port lounge. Given that, do people still need office buildings? The architects asked Vienna-based curator and author Angelika Fitz to join them in their discussions. She suggested that instead of “Arbeitsorte”, (places where people work), people need “arbeitende Orte” (places that work themselves), which became the title of the jointly edited book.

In her introduction editor Angelika Fitz comes to the conclusion that people still need places to come together to work. That also applied to the temporary project team, of which I was the designer. We needed a docking station for the project, and that was what we called the „Arbeitendes Buch“ (working book). You can´t see the working book in the photo, as it was still only a mental space at the time the photo was taken. It only acquired its current form in the process of bookmaking. While working on it, it served as a virtual meeting place for the architects and the editorial team. What made the working book so exciting to work in, was the fact that we also invited the users of the office buildings to share the space.

How does an invitation to participate in a process become more than mere lip serivce? To get closer to the experts of the everday working life in the buildings, the users, the working book temporarily put up tent in the actual office buildings. Under the motto: “Outsiders are looking for insiders“ we held workshops with members of staff on all levels, ranging from the faciltity manager to the CEO of the companies.

The insiders were asked to document their daily routine photographically and to come to a joint decision on where in the building the approriate place for the group photo would be. We also asked them to describe their way through the building to their individual desks. Following these verbal trails, „When you see the parrot, turn right“, we, as the outsiders, visited the Insiders to interview them about their daily experience of the space.

In addition to these individual interviews, we handed out postcards with questions about the favourite place in the buildings, likes and dislikes at the most strategical and the most popular point in every office building we visited: the cafeteria.

The results of these polls and the material collected in the workshops, the many detailed observations and comments of the users form the main part of the building portraits in the middle oft he book. In the co-working space of the book, the outsiders became moderators and editors, the insiders turned into co-authors and image makers. The portraits of the three buildings are flanked by two longer illustrated and essayistic panoramas on the development of office architecture, viewed from the angle of identity and flexibility.

The book concludes, that office architecture is still needed, when it allows for experiences, enables appropriation and leaves a lasting impression. Three criteria that our space of the working book  definitely has lived up to. Like the buildings of kadawittfeldarchitektur, the working book has generated an added value: Itself. The book Arbeitende Orte, has just been published in the Springer Verlag Wien New York. Please come inside.

Arbeitende Orte. Bürobauten mit Wert und Mehrwert
Working places. Office buildings with added value)
Springer Verlag, Vienna, 2012, 192 pages, 293 illustrations,
editors: Angelika Fitz und kadawittfeldarchitektur
concept: Angelika Fitz, Rose Epple,
project management: Anne-Kathrin Hoehler / kadawittfeldarchitektur
graphic design: Rose Epple with Lena Panzlau / chezweitz & roseapple
editorial team: Angelika Fitz, Anne-Kathrin Hoehler, Evi Scheller, Dirk Zweering
research: Evi Scheller
authors: Rose Epple, Angelika Fitz, Stefan Haass, Kilian Kada, Klaus Kada, Dirk Lange, Jasna Moritz, Gerhard Wittfeld, Dirk Zweering
photos: Gianni Plescia

Berlin Transit

The exhibition looks at art works and artefacts from the heyday of Jewish culture in Berlin from a cultural-historical perspective. Each room presents a different area of Jewish production such as literature, music or the fine arts. The eccentric ‚a‘ in the title points to the joy of experimentation of the Jewish avantgarde as well as the cultural diversity of Jewish Berliners in the period between WWI and the rise of the Nazis.

Berlin Transit – Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
Jewish Museum Berlin, 23.3.-15.7.12
Curators: Inka Bertz, Miriam Goldmann, Maren Krüger, Leonore Maier, Ann-Katrin Saß, Fabian Schnedler
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, marketing material, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Exhibition photos: Volker Kreidler

Berlin Transit – Jewish Migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s
Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2012, 160 pages, 157 illustrations, thread stitching, soft cover
Editors: Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation with the research project ‚Charlottengrad and Scheunenviertel‘ of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Graphic concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Images of the Mind

The show charts the quest to visualize the mind. Valuable works from art and science dating from antique to contemporary times are presented in a translucent mindscape.

Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, 23.7.–31.10.11
Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic, 9.12.11–18.3.12
Curators: Colleen Schmitz, Ladislav Kesner
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Exhibition photos: Volker Kreidler

The catalogue for the exhibition in the Deutsches Hygiene Museum charts the pivotal role of the image in the search for comprehension of the mind. Basis of the books’ architecture is an abstract grid, which helps to navigate the quest for knowledge from antiquity to today. 

Wallstein Verlag, 2011, 304 pages, thread stitching (German edition)
Editors: Colleen Schmitz, Ladislav Kesner for Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Work. Meaning and Care

In five space-encompassing media installations the exhibition looks at the meaning of work for society and the individual.

Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, 25.6.09–11.4.10
The exhibition had a second edition under the title:
Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt, 1.5.-16.9.12
Curators: Praxis für Ausstellung und Theorie [Hürlimann, Lepp, Tyradellis]
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos of exhibition: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Volker Kreidler

Catalogue accompanying the exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: The curatorial collection of material is presented as an information folder, which simulates varied papers, page formats and tabs. Text and image fragments together with accompanied essays form a compact and multi-layered documentation of the work on work.

Work. Meaning and Care
diaphanes, 2009, 420 pages, open thread stitching,
Editors: Praxis für Ausstellung und Theorie [Hürlimann, Lepp, Tyradellis]
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos of catalogue and playing cards: Henrik Strömberg, Asi Föcker

Pier Paolo Pasolini. Who Is Me

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel

Literaturhaus Berlin, Photo: Volker Kreidler

Museum Strauhof, Zürich

The wide range of documentary material, organized by a key-word structure, and the Pasolini film installation create a complex portrait of the Italian artist and intellectual.

Museum Strauhof, Zurich, 18.3.–1.6.09
Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, 14.6.–6.10.09
Literaturhaus Berlin, 18.10.–22.11.09
Curators: Peter Erismann, Ricarda Gerosa
Video installation: Detlef Weitz, Dominique Müller
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics. printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Pier Paolo Pasolini. Who is me / Qui je suis / Wer ich bin
Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel, 2009, 60 pages, soft cover (French, Italian and German edition)
Editors: Peter Erismann, Ricarda Gerosa
Graphic concept, layout, text setting in three languages: chezweitz & roseapple
Book photos: Henrik Stromberg, Asi Föcker

Modell Bauhaus

The exhibition shows the development and influence of the legendary school on it’s 90th anniversary. With about 1.000 exhibits, it is the biggest show on the Bauhaus so far.

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 22.7.– 4.10.09
Direction: Omar Akbar, Annemarie Jaeggi, Philipp Oswalt, Hellmut Seemann
Curators: Ulrike Bestgen, Werner Möller, Lutz Schöbe, Michael Siebenbrodt, Wolfgang Thöner, Klaus Weber
Architecture and exhibition graphics, media architecture, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple
Photos: Volker Kreidler

Publication on the exhibition in Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin: The book re-examines and re-evalutes the art school´s history and influence.

Hatje Cantz, 2009, 376 pages, 302 illustrations, 236 in colour, hardcover with book jacket (English and German editions)
Editors: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Related Post: Navigating Bauhaus

Andy Warhol. Other Voices, Other Rooms

Entrance Stedelijk Museum

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Filmscape graphic panels

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

Hayward Gallery | Photo: Marcus Leith

The huge exhibition presents around 800 of Warhol’s works in 33 different media formats and in three scenographic landscapes: Filmscape, TV-Scape and Cosmos. The exhibition design won the German Design Prize in Gold in 2011.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 12.10.07–13.1.08
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 9.2.–4.5.08
Wexner Center, Columbus / Ohio, 13.9.08–4.1.09
Hayward Gallery, London, 7.10.08–18.1.09
Curator: Eva Meyer-Hermann
Exhibition architecture and graphics, media architecture, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

The publication accompanying the exhibition at all four museums translates the curatorial spaces in the rhythm of one page per minute into book space.

Andy Warhol. A Guide to 706 Items in 2 Hours and 56 Minutes
Editor: Eva Meyer-Hermann
NAi Publishers: 1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2008, 254 pages, 264 coloured illustrations, cut flush binding with reflective foil in book jacket (English and Swedish editions)
Graphic Concept, layout and typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

Max Ernst. Dream and Revolution

The big retrospective subtly places the artist in a contemporary context.

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 20.9.08–11.1.09
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 7.2.-1.6.09
Curators: Iris Müller-Westermann, Kirsten Degel, Werner Spies
Exhibition architecture and graphics, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the exhibition at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk: Coloured lights seems to shine from the book´s spine edge, which changes with the stations of the artist´s life and subtly accompanies the work of Max Ernst through the daringly surreal book architecture.

Hatje Cantz, 2008, 256 pages, 288 illustrations, hardcover with book jacket (English, German and Swedish editions)
Editors: Kirsten Degel, Iris Müller-Westermann, Werner Spies
Graphic concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple


Archilab Europe – Strategic Architecture

The exhibition interrogates the effects of EU strategies on architecture, urban development and the political map.

FRAC Centre & Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier, Orléans, 24.10.–23.12.08 
Project Direction: Marie-Ange Brayer / ArchiLab and Ville d’Orléans
Curator: Omar Akbar
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, signage, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the Exhibition at FRAC Centre and Collégiale Saint-Pierre-Le-Puellier, Orléans: On the changing shape of Europe and the biological metaphors of curating, the colourful language of this book makes tangible a Europe in transition.

HYX Publishers, 2008, 183 pages, 96 colour plates, softcover (English and French editions) 
Editor: Omar Akbar, Director of Bauhaus Dessau
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple

P.P.P. Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 16.11.05–5.2.06
Curators: Bernhart Schwenk, Michael Semff
Video installation. Detlef Weitz, Dominique Müller
Visual identity, exhibition architecture and graphics, printed matter, book design: chezweitz & roseapple

Publication on the occasion of the exhibition »P.P.P. – Pier Paolo Pasolini und der Tod«, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich: The book presents the Italian intellctual as author, filmmaker and graphic artist. The gallery of fictive cover pictures with the P.P.P. label point to Pasolini´s ambivalent relationship with the public.

P.P.P. – Pier Paolo Pasolini and Death
Hatje Cantz, 2005, 208 pages, 215 illustrations, 46 in colour, hardcover with book jacket (German and English editions)
Editors: Bernhart Schwenk, Michael Semff
Graphic Concept, layout, typesetting: chezweitz & roseapple