Books have a habit of going out of print and tablets may be threatening their very future, but there is something permanent and timeless about publisher Gestalten's output. Its tomes - on art, architecture, design and much else besides - are almost artworks in themselves, with their luxurious binding, beautiful fonts and dedication to the finer things in life.
Since its founding, in 1995, in Berlin, Germany, the company's books have hit shelves in more than 100 countries and retail in select stores in Hong Kong. On Thursday, however, it launched its first pop-up in the city, at Kapok, the design-savvy concept store in Wan Chai, affording lovers of high-end art and design publishing a proper slice of the Gestalten canon.
Highlights among the curated assortment of titles on offer include recent release I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman, which documents the lives and personal styles of 57 contemporary disciples of dandyism, the cult of male devotion to refined clothing; and long-standing bestsellers such as Less and More, a definitive anthology of the work of German industrial designer Dieter Rams.
And besides the books, art prints from the newly published A Map of the World, Gestalten tote bags and a range of stationery are available.
"Kapok was the ideal partner to team up with," publisher Robert Klanten tells Post Magazine. "They share a similar design ethos with the product lines they carry and they're the best concept store in the city."
Revealing that Gestalten was keen to open a store of its own here in the not-too-distant future, he adds: "Hong Kong is a melting pot; a market of ideas, curiosity and eagerness to learn [and] a natural first choice for our first pop-up in the region."
Gestalten's pop-up can be found at Kapok, 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2520 0114, until November 25.