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Creatives in quarantine | Recommended by the editors of HYPE – Books



HYPE’s editorial staff also went into home office mode. And although this form of life is not completely strange to us, we miss the usual office get-togethers (having coffee or lunch together) quite much. And what are we, editorial staff members doing at home, confined within four walls? We scribble, work out, water our flowers and listen to some music. 

Now we asked the members of the staff the following question:

Tell us your favorite book, or something that you’ll be sure to read or read again within the four walls.

Bram Stoker – „Drakula” (I have already read it at least 5 times)


Edith Eva Eger: “The Choice” – the most important book of the past times for me. How to process the traumas you experienced in a way that will enable you to choose joy and freedom? I think this is very relevant at the moment.


I don’t usually talk about this, but I collect old books and maps, mainly travelogues. One of my favorites is Zoltán Vieszt’s incredibly cool book titled “Csak úgy a Föld körül” (Around the World Just for Fun), which is really what the title suggests. He travelled around the world in 1942. Just for fun.


“The Little Prince” – I know, I know… It’s a classic. A copy caught my eye one day back in December in a POKET automat, and I got it as a gift for Christmas from someone. This is my first time reading it as an adult. I don’t have to say anything about it, I recommend it from the bottom of my heart to everyone. 


I am a huge Michel Houellebecq fan, but as his works are quite depressing, I would rather recommend the quadrilogy of Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels”, as it can really pull you in.


I will spend my evenings with a book of Attila Bartis, namely with „A vége” (The End) (again), which I just got from one of my friends as a gift for my birthday. It’s marvelous, I will never get bored of it.


Actually I started a book from Ferenc Barnás, titled: „Életünk végéig” (Until the End of Our Lives). It will probably kill my vibe if I read it, but that’s just my luck. Luckily I also have a Larousse Gastronomique, and I will also look into András Körner’s book „A magyar zsidó konyha” (The Hungarian Jewish Cuisine), for sure. And the „Mass Production design album, too, which is so thick that it almost counts as a weapon.


Jan Gehl: „Cities for people” – yes, that’s a professional book, but I’ve been always drawn to urbanism and the new perspectives related to it. I consider Jan Gehl the most progressive thinker in the topic right now.


May it be about office get-togethers, voluntary quarantine or home office, we still bring you the coolest design content. Take care of yourselves and each other!

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