The Crane by Reiner Zimnik

Reiner Zimnik was born in 1930 in Poland, and began drawing at the age of five. At the end of Second World War, he settled in Germany in Munich, where he works as a writer and an artist. He says he likes nature, a simple life and ordinary people.

The town council builds the tallest crane in the world and puts it in charge of a young man with a blue feather in his cap. He climbs to the driver’s cabin at the top and stays there. From his perch he watches the town change, a war come and go, a flood sweep in to cover the land. The he is alone except for his friend, the eagle. All the time he keeps the crane in working order till the disasters are over and a new world grows up beneath him. But by then the crane driver is getting old and tired: time for him to move on?

This is a book every child should read, but it doesn’t really matter if you’re not a child anymore. Like Antoine de Saint Exupery wrote in his dedication note at the beginning of The Little Prince: All grown-ups were once children–although a few of them remember it. If you haven’t read this book and you know us, you’re welcome to come and spend a day at our home library. If you don’t know us, a few prints are still available on Amazon.com.

masala-chai-online

A good friend of Chai Kadai. It is a creative collective that features South Asian art and design from around the world. Pavitra Mohan’s idea was to scour the web for sub-continental art that was innovative and so she started the blog in 2007 as a collection of bookmarks. Today, Masala Chai features over 350 artists and designers. Now they have a store in Chennai where Pavitra handpicks the best upcoming independent designers and brands from around the country as an ongoing curation of unique yet affordable products.

www.masalachaionline.blogspot.com

thisisbrick.co.uk

www.thisisbrick.co.uk

First created in July 2009, thisisbrick is a project run by a collective in the UK, originally to showcase the work of creative individuals in a number of creative disciplines. Over the years, they have grown in content, philosophy, politics and understanding. Now, with the belief that design can be used to help make the world a better place it has become a space for opinion, change and dialogue on creativity.