For us, architecture is perpetually unfinished, defined by the people who use it rather than by the people who created it. So that is why from time to time we changed our library at Hotel Hotel into a shop. A few times a year we ask friends who run shops that we like to come in and take over the library, transforming it to a one-day shop.
One Day Shop by Perimeter Books, One Day Shop, 2017
Melbourne’s Perimeter Books held a One Day Art Book Shop in the Nishi1‘Nishi’ means ‘west’ in Japanese.It also relates to the last of three buildings built at the NewActon precinct: Nishi Commercial, Nishi Residential and Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail. Gallery at Hotel Hotel.
The Perimeter One Day Shop featured a range of key titles from their Melbourne bookstore and distributor’s stable of European, US and Australian publishers, including new books from MACK (London), Spector Books (Leipzig), Editions Patrick Frey (Zurich), Libraryman (Paris/Stockholm), Nieves (Zurich), Architectural Association (London), The Ice Plant (Los Angeles), TBW (Oakland), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Roma Publications (Amsterdam), Fw: Books (Amsterdam), Valiz (Amsterdam) and more.
Also on the day, Perimeter director Dan Rule and artist Bartolomeo Celestino discussed their book collaboration, ‘Surface Phenomena’ and its relationship to Celestino’s exhibition of new works that was also show at the Nishi Gallery – ‘New Documents (all true things are equal)’. They also discussed Perimeter’s wider endeavours, including photography’s relationship to book making and publishing.
One Day Shop by Pan After, One Day Shop, 2017
Melbourne’s Pan After held a One Day Shop the library of Hotel Hotel. They hauled up a collection of carefully sourced and curated objects from around the world. Pan After focus on ethically produced goods and consider not only the aesthetic value of an item but also the process by which it is made, who it is made by and the materials used.
One Day Shop by Mr Kitly, One Day Shop, 2017
Mr Kitly sold a thoughtful and considered collection of functional objects in ceramic, wood and metal; kitchen utensils; textiles and fibre goods; reading matter related to crafts, design and architecture; tea and tea accoutrements, and a selection of plant-related goods. Objects were made by artists from Australia, Japan, USA, UK and France. Many objects were not available for sale anywhere else in Australia.
One Day Shop by Perimeter Books, One Day Shop, 2016
Melbourne’s Perimeter Books took over the Hotel Hotel library with a One-Day Art Book Shop bringing a stable of European, US and Australian publishers to Canberra, including new books from MACK (London), Spector Books (Leipzig), Editions Patrick Frey (Zurich), Nieves (Zurich), Architectural Association (London), MER Paper Kunsthalle (Ghent), Printed Matter Inc. (New York), Onomatopee (Eindhoven), Idea Books (Amsterdam) and many more. On the day Perimeter hosted book signings for two of its recent titles, ‘Belanglo’ by Warwick Baker and ‘Surface Phenomena’ by Bartolomeo Celestino.