At Monocle we’re not the only ones who have taken a shine to print. Los Angeles design firm Norma is paying homage to the humble book at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, which runs until 26 February at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The multidisciplinary company has commissioned a series of contemporary bookends as part of a project called “In support of books”, with efforts by designers from the US, UK and Denmark. “Any piece of tangible ephemera associated with books and publications helps to literally and figuratively support our emotional connection to those items,” says Norma’s co-founder Benjamin Critton. “And thus perhaps our collective commitment to their longevity.” Look out for everything from a conical pyramid to a pair of buttock supports.
Is it significant that Turkey has lifted the ban on women in the military wearing headscarves? Yes – but for very subtle reasons. In one sense it ruptures the longstanding fierce secularism that has underpinned the armed forces since Ataturk’s Republic was founded; in another sense its swift implementation offers some insight into the kind of rule-by-decree that Turkey can expect if the constitutional referendum goes in the ruling party’s favour come April. But what’s more significant about all this is the timing. Just as some of the senior military who were involved in last year’s failed coup go to trial, a shift like this has an almost theatrical impact. It’s a message from government that the distance between state and army is no more. Yet one can’t help feel that in Turkey’s current situation there are more pressing decisions to be made.
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