Lugemik shows Soviet Estonian design in Denmark

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Lugemik Publishing is participating in an experimental art book festival “One Thousand Books 2016”, 21–24 April in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the four-day festival a seminar on artists’ books and exhibition making will take place, also the exhibition “Manifolds” will open in Kunsthal Charlottenborg, remaining open until 15 May.
13 international publishers are invited to participate in the exhibition and to curate their own show based on one of their publications.
In cooperation with the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM) Lugemik will present the book “Nobody Expected There Would Be Much Discussion About It”, compiled and designed by Ott Metusala. The book documents the design work of author’s grandmother Kirsti Metusala at the Tallinn Experimental Plant Estoplast, where she worked as a designer for 28 years (1964-1992). The book includes historical photo documentation of the Estoplast lamps which is accompanied by an interview with Kirsti Metusala, explaining her tasks and describing in detail the design process of the lamps, thus speaking about designer’s profession in Soviet Estonia. The book also contains an essay written by Kai Lobjakas, director of ETDM and curator of the design collection, discussing the Soviet Estonian design and the importance of the production of Estoplast factory in a broader context.
In the exhibition “Manifolds” the book is accompanied by an exposition consisting of Estoplast lamps, and the film “The Lights Come On”. For the exposition Lugemik and Ott Metusala will exchange eight Poul Henningsen lamps in the lobby, specially designed for Kunsthal Charlottenborg, for Estoplast lamps designed by Kirsti Metusala. In the exhibition space the book will be given context by the documentary “The Lights Come On” (1967, Estonian Television Company) by Jaak Mamers, which in a staged manner depicts the production process of the Estoplast factory.
The festival “One Thousand Books” is organised by the Danish publishers Lodret Vandret since 2013.
Ott Metusala (born 1988, Tallinn) is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He graduated from the graphic design departments of both Estonian Academy of Arts and Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Currently his work involves music publishing, editorial projects and book designs, both self-initiated and commission based, in close collaboration with friends, artists and institutions. He has also taught in the graphic design department of Estonian Academy of Arts.
Lugemik is an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by graphic designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. Lugemik publishes books and other printed matter, working closely together with artists, writers, designers, printers in every step of the publishing process. In 2013 Lugemik opened a bookshop on the premises of Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (EKKM) and is currently working on opening a new bookshop in collaboration with Tallinn Art Hall. In 2015 Lugemik was joined by the curator and artist Laura Toots for extended activities with artists beyond publishing projects.
The book is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Lugemik’s activities are supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
Festival “One Thousand Books”
21–24 April 2016
Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Exhibition “Manifolds”
23 April – 15 May 2016
Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Press release by:
Lugemik Publishing

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