In case you haven’t heard of MENDO yet, now is your time! The Amsterdam based book store and publisher celebrated their 15th anniversary last year, still releasing one beautiful book after the other. All their books tell a visual story, are unique and a pleasure to the eye. We asked MENDO to pick five of their favorite titles and tell us a bit more about what makes them unique.
The Workshop gives a sneak peak into the workspaces of 25 Dutch creatives. It gives an intimate look into their daily environment and does not only show where they work, but also how they work and what makes them unique. MENDO did the publishing and design for the book in collaboration with Renée Leeuw (former editor-in-chief for Roomed magazine) and photographer Iris Duvekot. The selection of creatives in the book is very diverse; from photography to fine art and from well-known artists to starting entrepreneurs. However, a signature Dutch pragmatic approach and consistent high taste level is what connects all artists in The Workshop, making it an inspiring read.
The MENDO team, also a big fan of sports, took it upon themselves to create a photography book in collaboration with Dutch sports photographer Klaas Jan van der Weij. Sportret offers an overview of the most eye-catching work of Klaas Jan van der Weij, showing his way of looking combined with texts by Dutch athletes, journalists and anecdotes that show Klaas Jan’s extraordinary personality.
“When everyone is at the finish line, you will find Klaas Jan on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere, just because he had a ‘hunch’. Nine out of ten times, that hunch is right. He can not really explain it, neither can we, but somehow Klaas Jan sees different things, making him capture the most unusual moments.”