On the 125th anniversary of his birth, the work of Fritz Kahn is dramatically visible in Berlin again, in Charlottenburg, the same district of the German capital where Kahn spent his youth, started his international career as a popular science author, and from where he was expelled by the Nazis. For the TASCHEN store in Berlin (which opened today), the publishers decided to honor Kahn as a distinguished Berlin citizen and pay tribute to his pioneering work in information design: The façade and interior walls are covered with details of the Kahn illustration “Der Mensch als Industriepalast” (Man as Industrial Palace).
To enter the store, visitors have to pass through the stomach. TASCHEN stores are located in Amsterdam, Beverly Hills, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Hamburg, London, Miami, New York, and Paris, but this is the publisher’s first representation in Berlin. The pop-up store will close in early 2014, reopening with an enlarged sales space some weeks after.