Mapping the thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions


The book Speculations Transformations – Thoughts on the Future of Germany’s Cities and Regions (Lars Müller Publishers) we spent more than 3 years to design, facilitates a better understanding of the present, addresses pending spatial transformations and speculates about their effects.


The atlas of Baukultur is composed of texts, maps and photographies that drafts scenarios about the spatial, natural, urban, architectural, and social environments in which we might live in 2050, after having faced economic and infrastructural transformations.

See Project and Making-of >

Launch on Tuesday April 19, 7 PM, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. “Speculations Transformations” Edited by Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten, Ludwig Engel

“So what do you do?”


In the October 2015 issue of the German Design Magazine “On Display“, Florian Heilmeyer attempts to figure out what exactly graphic designer Nicolas Bourquin does.

“It could be that Nicolas Bourquin is primarily a graphic designer with a keen interest in the political and economic relationships of the world; as a result, he cannot simply be a graphics service provider, but must inevitably grapple with his projects’ contextual positions.”

Read the full article >



15.06.2015 – Edition Umbruch


Four Master’s students of the HAW Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg are working on a new publication: Edition Umbruch. This project is about the future of books and the new role of the designer in this context. With an interview of Nicolas Bourquin (among others great participants). You can support the Crowdfunding project here >

Vier Masterstudentinnen der HAW Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg haben die Publikation Edition Umbruch erarbeitet – eine Publikation über die Zukunft des Buches und die damit verbundene Rolle des Gestalters. Mit Interviews von Nicolas Bourquin, Sven Ehmann und viele andere Interviewpartner. Nur noch 7 Tage für die Crowdfunding-Aktion >


09.10.2014 – Frankfurt Book Fair


One Book in Three Editions: A Worldwide Unique Photo Book
Presentation of the new book of Joël Tettamanti.

The project revives the photo book as a medium in times of digitalisation. “Works 2001–2019” is a professionally published book combined with print-on-demand production including various types of editions, thus enabling customers to participate in the production process by selecting photos for their own edition.

Presentation: 09.10.2014, 3.00 pm.
Location: 4.1 Q17, Exhibition site of the Frankfurt Book Fair
Organiser: Benteli Verlag & Stiftung Buchkunst
Participants: Joël Tettamanti, Nicolas Bourquin, Sven Ehmann

More informations >

Joël Tettamanti – Works 2001-2019 Teaser from onlab on Vimeo.

03.05.2013 – Reporter Without Borders, Berlin


Reporter Without Borders, Year Book – Launch

• May 3rd is the International Day of the Press Freedom! We designed the fourth edition of the year book of Reporter Ohne Grenzen (German section of Reporters Without Borders) and we are glad to invite you to the launch of the magazine at the Do you read me ?! Reading Room

Friday May 3rd, 7 pm.
Do you read me ?! Reading Room,
Potsdamer Strasse 98, Berlin

Olivia Arthur (Magnum Photographer) will present the work she realised in Saudi Arabia (featured in the year book).

12.04.2013 – Graft Magazine in Milano


onlab present the first issue of GRAFT – a new magazine-in-magazine on materials

• GRAFT is a magazine on materials written by lateral thinkers. By bridging information between researchers, producers and creative professionals Graft Magazine encourages lateral thinking.

Each issue will be distributed locally with a cooperating magazine. Consistent with the idea of cross-disciplinary thinking this hosting media partner will differ with every new edition of GRAFT.

Graft Magazine is a supplement on materials. The hosting magazine, the topic and the supporting partners compose the significance of GRAFT.

The current issue with contributions by Vasco Mourao, Martin Krammer, Maria Morais and Brazilian artist Marepe is presented in cooperation with Brownbook magazine. It is distributed in Milan with Brownbook issue No38; March-April 2013.

With FRUIT we discuss the impact of fruit and its components giving inspiration to diverse fields such as materials research, design and art. Find out how the multifunctional design of fruits vivifies new material developments.

The topic FRUIT refers to the exhibition JUICE that is presenting a fresh selection of galleries, editors and designers during the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milano (Italy). JUICE will be the setting for the launch of “Fruit”, the juicy issue of Graft Magazine in GARAGE MILANO, Via Maiocchi 5/7, Milano (MM1 P.ta Venezia). The show runs from April 8th-14th 2013, 11.00am – 9.00pm.

Editors: Nicolas Bourquin, Thorsten Klooster, Andrea Wiegelmann, Michela Pelizzari and Federica Sala