Lift yourself into the world of bouldering and teach the body and mind new extremes.
Bouldering goes beyond being just a pastime, it is a sense of community that teaches you to challenge your physical and mental boundaries. Power, discipline, and pure focus that pushes you to new heights - Bouldering is a comprehensive guide that shows the different motifs behind the sport and the inspirational figures of this high-performance lifestyle.
The joy of experimenting teaches perseverance and how to deal with failure, bouldering forces the body to new limits. No ropes or strings attached, this is a climb into a community of people spurred by passion and adventure.
According to ‘natural-born free climber’ Bernd Zangerl “there are many reasons for climbing mountains. There are even more reasons for climbing a boulder.”An activity that was considered only 20 years ago to be mostly a form of training for rock and mountain climbing with ropes has been fascinating a steadily increasing number of enthusiasts, who argue that Bouldering is a more playful form of climbing. While tactical and psychological components play a major role in rope climbing, the central focus of bouldering is finding a solution to the problem of how you move your body. A sport where victories over gravity are measured in millimeters and achieved directly above the ground, with scrunched-up fingertips, nail-biting scrapes, and acrobatic contortions. The concentration on body positions and how you move, without the ‘distractions’ of safety equipment prompted the British climbing legend Ben Moon to speak of bouldering as the “essence of climbing.” Today Bouldering has developed into an extremely athletic and dynamic variant of climbing, and from the turn of the millennium on, the difficulty levels that have been accomplished have seen a further, unprecedented rise.
Bouldering goes beyond being just a pastime, it is a sense of community that teaches you to challenge your physical and mental boundaries. Power, discipline, and pure focus that pushes you to new heights. This book shows the different motifs behind bouldering and the inspirational figures of this high-performance sport. The joy of experimenting teaches perseverance and how to deal with failure, bouldering forces the body to new limits.
“Bouldering is an inspiration for all the senses. When we dive into the microcosm of bouldering, the everyday things of life lose their importance, and a feeling of peace and serenity arises. The joy of simply existing.”Bernd Zangerl
In the past few years, people of all ages have taken up indoor bouldering, and bouldering gyms are springing up in an increasing number of towns and cities. Bouldering has gone from niche sport to a worldwide movement. Outdoor bouldering areas can be found all over the world and you can even go bouldering on buildings – buildering. In short, as a game of gravity, bouldering is part of a trend of creative and individual sports. Apart from climbing shoes, chalk, and a crash pad, it doesn’t require much – all you need is a boulder, a piece of rock, and an idea. From the history of bouldering, to equipment tips and training techniques; inspiring portraits of famous boulderers and overview of geological diverse bouldering areas around the world and bouldering with children – Bernd Zangerl and his fellow authors and boulderers brought together this definitive guide to modern bouldering.
Bernd Zangerl is regarded as one of the best boulderers of all-time. Born in 1978 in Tyrol, he was surrounded by mountains and began bouldering at a young age. After great success in alpine climbing, he later turned to bouldering and found his true passion here.
A dizzyingly beautiful presentation of the people and places that make up the world of climbing.
Once hanging on the fringes of unusual pastimes, Climbing has undergone a generational transformation—turning the sport into a cultural phenomenon. From bouldering to sport climbing, Cliffhanger explores the most notable aspects of this fascinating activity. Julie Ellison delves into a journey around the globe sharing climbing anecdotes of the Alps and Patagonia or following the flourishing bouldering scene in Virgin Gorda.
Using breathtaking imagery and in-depth stories, this book will give you a complete look at the world of this outdoor pursuit—both as a sport and a lifestyle—by highlighting the people, places, history, and culture that make climbing so unique. Whether you’ve been doing it for a long time or have never climbed in your life, this book will make your palms sweat and your heart race.
Winter adventures require warm, hearty meals enjoyed with friends next to a wood stove. The call of the wild has never tasted this good.
When the temperature drops, out come the winter sweaters, and our appetites for snowy adventures and warm, hearty meals. Alpine-inspired breakfasts kick-start an active day, while thermos-fillers and trail mixes fuel ski trips or family outings. The shorter days bring leisurely evenings with good friends and slow-cooked food. Enjoy bread dumplings, gnocchi, or roast chicken and root vegetables next to the stove. Sip homemade liqueurs or hot chocolate. Chef and nature explorer Markus Sämmer guides readers into the mountains for Delicious Wintertime, featuring recipes to celebrate the season. Served with a side of action photography, and tales from the backcountry, Delicious Wintertime is sure to stir the senses.
Israeli and Palestinian people share an outstanding and dynamic cuisine. Divine Food is a visually striking collection of recipes from local markets, Arab traditions, the nomadic tribes of the desert, and the hip restaurants of Tel Aviv.
Private paradises nestled in the backyards of homes. Rooftops that act as community gardens. Edible patches of beauty hidden within city blocks. Evergreen shows the verdant aesthetic statement that allows city dwellers to bring nature back into the every day and quenches urban gardening desires. Living with plants is mutually beneficial; beyond the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, leaves, flowers, and stems bring a warm and individual charisma to any space. Throughout this engaging collection of projects, urban gardening is complimented by a softer side: balconies that add an extra relaxing touch to a morning cup of coffee, flowers that provide calming fragrances throughout the home, or romantic blooms that feed the soul rather than fill a plate.
“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” Charles Eames’ quote opens this purely visual book in which the designer is a key link between the images.
Vitra’s Everything is Connected thoughtfully compiles photographs conveying the essence of connectivity. The Swiss interior design company’s book echoes the game when, as a child, we learned to be visual detectives by looking for hidden objects in puzzling images. Here, the hidden object can be a color, a shape, or a motif. Patterns travel effortlessly through the twentieth century like a time machine, yet instead of limiting itself to a linear approach, Everything is Connected shows the evolution of a piece of furniture such as the iconic Eames Lounge Chair through situational sequences. Ads, snapshots, portraits, and sketches demonstrate the prevalence of such objects with elegance, subtle wit, and sometimes blatant humor.
This book was conceived as a window into the world of Vitra, allowing viewers to catch a glimpse of the infinity of connections between the featured objects.
The highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes featured in Hide and Seek offer their owners exceptional, yet convenient ways to escape urban routines and embed themselves into the land. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains; whether light and minimalistic or dark and cozy, the compelling dwellings exemplify how to create remote shelters that bring calm and balance to our hectic lives. With the right concept, furniture, décor, and atmosphere, even small or basic designs become stunning sanctuaries.
Hide and Seek is a contemporary survey of contextual architecture and interior design that channels our shared desire for peace and quiet. These projects not only have the power to get people in touch with their surroundings, but also with themselves.
Building on the success of our best-selling Illusive series, this fourth volume is a comprehensive showcase of contemporary illustration that shows how the technique is interacting with different art forms.
This book is a dazzling compilation of dream houses with a view, photographed by James Silverman on his travels. Whether of a remote mountain cabin in Norway, a sensuous desert oasis in Morocco, or a monolithic concrete home in Switzerland, Silverman’s photographs capture the seemingly uninterrupted flow between interiors and exteriors. The featured architecture is defined by elements that absorb, reflect, or deliberately break with their surroundings.
Kitchen Kulture is an inspiring visual feast that shines a light on all that the twenty-first century kitchen can be. The kitchens presented in this book are testing grounds for environmentally-friendly innovation as well as lively spaces that inspire a higher quality of life by prompting better eating habits and bringing together family and friends. From a vast, open-plan kitchen in a London townhouse to a kitchenette inside a student studio in Berlin, the professionals behind these designs uncover the full potential of today’s kitchen through their creativity.
Few product designs have the staying power of creations by Dieter Rams. Almost everything produced by the most influential designer of the twentieth century is today considered a classic. This new and revised edition of Less but Better shows once again why Dieter Rams’s approach to design will be relevant for the foreseeable future.
Ideas of what can and must be achieved by good design are in a constant state of flux as a result of cultural and technological developments. Dieter Rams, however, came up with ten principles that advocate for a purist, almost imperceptible design. These principles are still considered timeless fundaments of design theory and practice today.
Less but Better does not set out to be a complete documentation of Dieter Rams’s body of work, nor does it claim to tell the full story of the company Braun. Rather the book explores the ideas, criteria, and methods behind Rams’s creations and reveals how a shifting culture of product manufacturing gave rise to universal design benchmarks. From his reflections on design ethics and values we can distill a clear paradigm for future design—because one principle has remained firm over the years: less is simply better.
Distilling spirits is an age-old craft that is currently experiencing a renaissance. Today’s young distillers are striking the right balance between tradition and innovation. They are using premium ingredients to create a wide array of artisanal spirits that offer exceptional taste experiences.
Rock the Shack takes us to the places we long for. For the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country. Yet, at the same time, more and more city dwellers are yearning for rural farms, mountain cabins, or seaside homes. These kinds of refuges offer modern men and women a promise of what urban centers usually cannot provide: quiet, relaxation, being out of reach, getting back to basics, feeling human again.
Scandinavia Dreaming illustrates today’s evolving story of Nordic design: one that is equal parts elegance, function, and tradition.
The projects within Scandinavia Dreaming translate to any four walls and readily invite transformation from page to reality. Told through anecdotes from those who live in them and from those who exist in other sectors of the creative community, Scandinavia Dreaming tells of a design school that has a worldwide reputation for its effortless combination of classical restraint and warm materials.
Cold-water surfing, the most remote surf spots, spectacular photography, illustrations, and custom boards: Surf Odyssey documents the modern cult of surfing as its own subculture and way of life. Revealing surfers to be multifaceted spirits, Surf Odyssey underlines the natural connections between environmental responsibility and the thrill of embracing an unbroken wall of water whilst showcasing the products and places that comprise this unique community.
As our lifestyles become more sustainable, so does the way we interact with our gardens. No matter what size your patch is, it’s easy to create diverse and rich environments for plants and insects, or to grow your own fruits or vegetables. The Gardens of Eden introduces you to over 20 imaginative projects, featuring interviews with garden designers, insightful texts, and plans to show what contemporary garden culture looks like. In addition, this title offers information about different climate zones and soil types and gives tips for sustainable gardening and self-sufficiency. Get creative with native plants, and design greener corners within urban areas. The Gardens of Eden looks at fascinating examples of gardens around the world, teaching what you can do for nature while revealing what a green space can do for you.
The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.