ベンジャミン・ソマホルダーBenjamin Sommerhalder


はじめて「ニーブス・ブックス」の名前を耳にしたのは、 東京の友人が経営する「No.12 Gallery」がニーブス・ブックスとコラボしてThe first time I heard the name Nieves Books, my friends from No.12 Gallery in Tokyo were talking about collaborating for a world zine exhibition with Nieves Books.「A World Zine Exhibition」を企画しているというのを聞いた時だった。






小さい街から発信しているにも関わらず国際的なところがニーブス・ブックスが注目されている理由でもある。又、ニーブスの本はパリのコレット、ニューヨークのPrinted Matter、東京のナディッフなどの世界中の書店やセレクトショップでみかけることができる。

住所:Köchlistrasse 5, 8004 Zurich
TEL:+41 44 240 0480

Text: Nem Kienzle

Nieves’ zines and books are fresh to the eyes that have become used to many design and art books. Zines, made from staple bound black and white photocopies, are somehow nostalgic and remind me of a teenage hobby. Or perhaps the nostalgia comes from the use of pencil- and watercolor. But then, that’s what you see everywhere these days. So what is it that makes Nieves Books so special? How can so many interesting zines and books come from Nieves Books, the smallest publisher in Switzerland? Out of curiosity and empathy for their publishing, I decided to visit their office in Zurich.

Nieves Books is indeed a one-man publishing house, founded in 2001 that focuses on producing artist publications and zines. Founder and owner Benjamin Sommerhalder is a 29-year-old Swiss who comes from a graphic design background.

While working for “zoo” magazine, Benjamin came across a zine by American artist Chris Johanson and became interested in making his own. Zines originally started in the amateur press movement in the 1930s and re-emerged in the punk movement of the late 1970s. Since then, it has been regarded as the fastest and cheapest way to publish one’s work. Benjamin also points out that he can feature as many artists as he wants without worrying about cost and print quality. The hand-made quality and reasonable pricing of a zine also make it easier for people to exchange their creativity.

His gets many of his ideas on vacation where he is detached from all means of communication and fully relaxed. The Nieves Books’ logo – a black monster reading a book – was invented while he was vacationing in Italy.

When most of the creative minds head to NYC, Paris, London and Berlin, why does Benjamin base Nieves Books in a quiet Swiss city? As he says, “Zurich is a base for many great artists and distinguished publishing houses such as the traditional Diogenes, Scalo and Simonet as well as new art publishing houses like JRP|Ringier, and I’d like to be part of it.” He once considered moving to Paris, but he couldn’t bear the idea of leaving his familiar town and people. Besides, I think Zurich is the perfect place to cultivate one’s creativity away from the mainstream.

Although from a small city, the international flavor is another characteristic that brings attention to Nieves Books. Simultaneously artists from countries like U.S.A., Australia, Japan and Germany participate in these smallest Swiss publications. Nieves’ publications can be found in selected art bookstores and design shops globally: Colette in Paris, Printed Matter in NYC, and NADiff in Tokyo.

Address: Köchlistrasse 5, 8004 Zurich
Tel: +41 44 240 0480

Text: Nem Kienzle

Recommended Events in zurich
コントワー・デ・コトニエ公式通販サイト | 2016 SUMMER SALE
  • HOMEホーム主页
  • ABOUT運営会社关于
  • ADVERTISE広告掲載広告掲载
  • POLICYポリシー隐私政策
  • CONTACTお問い合わせ联系
  • Site design and development by Rondomark
    Copyright © 1996-2020 Shift Japan. All Rights Reserved.