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Atelier Bingo: Bookshelf

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Pure joy! French studio Atelier Bingo share their favourite books

If you aren’t already familiar with Atelier Bingo then I can’t think of any better way to introduce their joyous work than to have them present five of their favourite publications, in their own words. The atelier consists of Maxime Prou and Adèle Favreau, a creative couple living in an impossibly beautiful barn in the French countryside where they experiment with illustration, graphic design, surface and textile design on a daily basis to create an endless array of utterly unique and distinctive works for clients including Vogue, The Plant, Wanderlust and Wrap magazine. But also just for fun, because why wouldn’t they?

We’ve written about them a bunch of times and we still can’t get enough of the abstract work they make, or the sense of limitless experimentation they bring to every project they start. They also write English with more charm than anybody I’ve ever seen, so if you make it to the end of this post without joining their already expansive fan club then you’re made of sterner stuff than we are.

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Edition Pyramid: La Sérigraphie

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Edition Pyramid: La Sérigraphie

Edition Pyramid: La Sérigraphie

When we first came to the countryside, we didn’t know how to do screen printing very well… We learned screen printing with this book. It’s a very interesting book about technique, how to build your material, what you need to get started… Very practice!

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Anouck Ricard: Coucous Bouzon

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Anouck Ricard: Coucous Bouzon

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Anouck Ricard: Coucous Bouzon

Anouck Ricard: Coucous Bouzon

We love so much the works of Anouck Ricard. She is always fun, and when you read her comics you will laugh all the time! This comic is an absurd and scatty story about a guy and his work in a zany business – they sell Swiss cuckoo clocks! If you like black humour you will like this!

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Christoph Ruckhäberle: Figur

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Christoph Ruckhäberle: Figur

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Christoph Ruckhäberle: Figur

Christoph Ruckhäberle: Figur

We discovered the work of Christoph Ruckhäberle by focusing on Lubok Edition (very great publishers!) Figur alternate black and white linocuts and offset pages in colour. His work is mainly simple, playful and colourful based forms. Very fan!

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Erwin Wurm: The Artist Who Swallowed the World

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Erwin Wurm: The Artist Who Swallowed the World

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Erwin Wurm: The Artist Who Swallowed the World

Erwin Wurm: The Artist Who Swallowed the World

It was in 2008, we were still students. I remember, we came out of an exhibition of Erwin Wurm’s work with big smiles on our faces. His work is totally absurd and truly funny, this book recounts a major part of it. I smile just thinking about it!

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Kyle Platts: Megaskull/Nobrow

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Kyle Platts: Megaskull/Nobrow

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Kyle Platts: Megaskull/Nobrow

Kyle Platts: Megaskull/Nobrow

The colours of this book are just CRAZY! Kyle Platts is a skateboarder and such a great illustrator. This book is gory, colourful and bizarre, and deals with stupid/funny/absurd deaths. We love it!