Die Gestalten Verlag

Die Gestalten's books are a staple on designer's bookshelves the world over. Creatives pore over the weighty tomes, absorbing inspiration, gathering ideas, and breathing in the glorious smell of those extravagant fifth colours.

The firm's lavish titles - which clatter off the presses at astonishing speed - act as weighty archives of design, bringing book fans a regular snapshot of the creative arts. The firm's three founders - Andreas Peyrel, Markus Hollmann-Loges and Robert Klanten (above) - met as industrial design students in the late eighties. Given the job of curating a showcase of industrial design at the Frankfurst Consumer Fair, they soon realised that they were more interested in designing the catalogue.

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