Part vintage stationery shop, part creative research lab, Inkwell is more than just your everyday Neukölln pop-up. The petite shop, laden with old-timey office supplies, is more of an object-interface through which we can access the pre-digital workspace available for your perusal through October 15.
Inkwell, located in the Vetro Editions studio (part of the KAMO Atelier), is a collaborative project of founder Luca Bendandi, a graphic designer/publisher, and Luca Bogoni, a graphic designer/illustrator. The shop is a conceptual experiment in an ongoing process of gauging interest in what Bendandi claims is an object-renaissance amongst creative professionals. “The further away we get from the materiality of objects,” he argues, “the more we seek them out. There is no substitute for writing with a pen, using paper, making a model, or taking a note. These things have been abstracted and transformed for electronic use, but the feeling of using real, physical objects is completely different.”
Vetro Editions is a Berlin-based publishing house of “paper-made cultural artefacts”, including art books, many of which are available for purchase. On Thursday, October 8 at 6:30pm it will host The Wolpertingers, featuring the exquisite corpse renderings of fantastical animals by Harriet Richardson and Conor J. Creighton.
What’s more, here artists and designers can actually commission limited editions of their own prints and limited edition books on the risograph machine – a fast, efficient, digital and analogue fusion printer. This technology may date back to the 1980s, but it produces much better screen print-style results than some newer, straight up digital methods.
If you’re not ready to go print, stop in to pick up an editioned risograph art print by the likes of Cosimo Miorelli or Paul Bizcarguenaga, or any one of the staplers, notebooks, or slide viewers that might scratch that object-itch.
Inkwell, Vetro Editions Studio Gallery, through Oct 15 | Kienitzerstr. 103, Neukölln, U-Bhf Boddinstr., Mon-Sat 11-18:30