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Graphic designer Karel Martens (NL) makes work that is experimental, with a dedicated integrity of ideas, and an engagement with the process of learning. He co-founded the Werkplaats Typografie (Arnhem, NL) in 1998 with Wigger Bierma, and has designed the Dutch architectural journal OASE since 1990. He is known for his creative use of the grid, sensitivity to type, and and a critical approach to design economy.
The architecture, urban and landscape design journal OASE is organized in the Netherlands and published three times annually. For each issue, a broad topic is selected, subjected to intensive scrutiny, and explored in-depth from every angle by a select group of international writers, scholars, and professionals in the field. This journal is non-apologetic. It contains masses of scholarly research, theory, and criticism. Though not a difficult read, it is a complicated and demanding one. Designed by Karel Martens with the Werkplaats Typografie; in both Dutch and English.
OASE #87: Alan Colquhoun. Eds. Tom Avermaete, Christoph Grafe, Hans Teerds. With Kenneth Frampton, Stanislaus von Moos, Angelika Schnell, Françoise Fromonot, Owen Hatherley, Christian Kieckens, Michiel Riedijk, Paul Vermeulen. Theory and practice meet in this special issue devoted to the practice of celebrated British architect Alan Colquhoun, author of intimidating tomes such as The Oxford History of Modern Architecture and Essays in Architectural Criticism and Modernity and the Classical Tradition. 6.75" x 9.5", 136 pages. $35.
Printed Matter/Drukwerk by Karel Martens. The first edition was published on the occasion of the award to Mr. Martens of the Dr A. H. Heineken Prize for Art. This third edition, back by popular demand, includes new work and covers fifty years of his practice. Design by Martens and Jaap van Triest. $60.