Karel Martens Bundle


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This bundle includes:

Karel Martens: Every Day Is a New Day (2023 Calendar)
Karel Martens, Patterns

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Karel Martens: Every Day Is a New Day (2023 Calendar)

Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens (born 1939) has been an influential figure in the visual culture of the Netherlands for many decades. Alongside his commissioned projects, Martens has maintained a commitment to this personal and iterative way of printing, which shows how creative practice often spans perceived disciplinary boundaries.

For each day of this elegant 2023 calendar, Martens has created a unique abstracted form to serve as a number—originally constructed using his signature method of printing letterpress monoprints from found metal forms, which are then digitized to comprise 365 compositions in total.

The piece’s reference to the daily practice of art expresses Martens’ own approach as a designer and educator: “every day is a new day.”

Published by Walther König, Köln

Softcover with tear-off sheets, 800 pages, full color, 6 × 8.25 inches

ISBN: 978-3-75-330074-0

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Karel Martens, Patterns

This publication contains a collection of patterns designed by Karel Martens between 1960 and 2021. Although Martens is widely recognized for his specialization in typography, the dozens of colorful full-page patterns shown here are devoid of any text, allowing the sequence to become a mesmerizing pattern in itself.

Designed by Martens & Martens (Karel Martens, Aagje Martens)

Published by Roma Publications, 2021

Softcover, 208 pages, full color, 9.45 × 11.81 inches

ISBN: 978-9-49-281197-4