PAPER AS HAUTE COUTURE
The Munken Works Collection turns natural paper into a design object.
The more transient the world, the more valuable the things that maintain their magic and amaze us! Munken Pure Natural Paper is one of these magical things. In autumn 2013, a collection known as Munken Works will appear exclusively in the publishing house Steidl Verlag and will present Munken Pure Natural Paper in five different sizes as inspiring design objects. Pure. Beautiful. Inspiring. For artists, paper lovers and mind nomads.
In a digital world, consciously handling paper becomes a statement: “E-mails are like cheap clothing. But a handwritten letter or a drawing is the ultimate luxury: Haute Couture!” says publisher and printer Gerhard Steidl about his love of pens and good paper. It’s no wonder that he was immediately enthused by the idea of taking the Munken Works Collection into his publishing house programme.
Now everyone can give others or themselves this gift: The Munken Works Collection is comprised of five different sizes ranging from Small (7cm x 12cm, three tablets à 50 sheets) to XXL (33cm x 33cm, 180 sheets). Suitable for the office, on the go, at home or in the studio.
Available at all good booksellers and selected stationers. Detailed information can be found at www.steidl.de, e-mail: email@example.com
At the same time as the start of the collection, scholarship holders chosen from several hundred international artists are working with the natural paper in Berlin as part of a Munken Works scholarship programme. The results of their art are being regularly presented at www.munkenworks.com.
About Arctic Paper S.A. - Arctic Paper S.A. is one of the leading European manufacturers of bulky book paper and graphic fine paper. The Group produces high quality coated, uncoated wood-free and uncoated wood-containing papers. The Group’s product portfolio consists of the brands Amber, Arctic, G-Print, Munken, Pamo and L-Print. Production takes place at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn in Poland, Arctic Paper Munkedals and Arctic Paper Grycksbo in Sweden, and Arctic Paper Mochenwangen in Germany. The total annual production capacity of the Group’s four paper mills is 815,000 metric tonnes. The Group currently employs 1,600 people across Europe and has sales offices in 15 European countries. The Arctic Paper Group has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since October 2009 and since December 2012 on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.
About Munken - Munken has led the way in uncoated paper for many years as the perfect carrier for creative work. The Munken Design range is produced in Munkedal, a village about 100 km north of Gothenburg. The mill Arctic Paper Munkedals is situated on the west coast of Sweden, by the Örekil River. The river is one of Sweden’s richest in salmon, and it flows into the country’s only threshold fjord, Gullmarn. Both the river and the fjord are conservation areas. The mill today is one of the most environmentally-friendly paper mills in the world, established in 1871.
Gerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967, when he was just 17 years old. On the occasion of an Andy Warhol exhibition in Cologne the following year, Steidl approached the artist. Fascinated by the intensity and saturated colours of Warhol’s work, Steidl asked about his silkscreen printing technique.
Giddily he returned to his hometown of Göttingen, two hours north of Frankfurt, and set up his first printing studio, following the principle of “learning by doing”.
Steidl started out printing posters for art exhibitions, and it did not take long before Joseph Beuys, Klaus Staeck and other artists were among his customers. And within a few years he recognised that, for him, printing
was not just a mechanical process but it had become his passion and an art in itself. “In many ways the late Joseph Beuys was my teacher. From 1972 until his death, I produced most of his multiples and prints. He helped to sharpen my awareness of unusual materials and to create, if they were handled with meticulous care and attention to detail, moving works of art. Ever since, I have sought the challenge and thrill of working with unconventional materials and techniques in order to create objects surpassing the realm of mere massproduction”.
Friday, 13 Sep, 2013