About Us

Who We Are

Gestalten specializes in developing content for aficionados of cutting-edge visual culture worldwide. For us, visual culture is the output resulting from the interrelationship of design, art, architecture, photography, and other visual disciplines with each other as well as other areas such as popular culture and music. In drawing from a variety of influences and combining them in ways not yet seen before, this work is pushing contemporary creative expression to new frontiers.

Always working directly with talented contemporary designers and artists, we bring a deep understanding of visual culture on a global level to whatever we do and remain firmly committed to presenting visual trends with timeless substance. With approximately 30 staff members, the company has offices in Berlin, London, New York, and Tokyo.

What We Do

Founded in Berlin in 1995, Gestalten is best known for our more than 500 books that document and anticipate vital movements in design, illustration, architecture, and typography as well as urban and contemporary art. We generate the topics for the vast majority of the books that we publish ourselves and compile, edit, and design each publication to be both inspirational and user-oriented.

Gestalten publications are sold in almost 100 countries through bookstores and museum shops as well as specialty and concept stores. Because our books are locally available in so many markets, we come into direct communication with creatives throughout the world. Our books have found resonance not only among a global professional agency and design audience, but also among students, architects, directors, trend scouts, and anyone interested in visual codes.

In addition to documenting creativity through our publications, Gestalten has established an international reputation as a think tank and impulse generator for innovative design. Our clients include Design Hotels, Diesel, Distanz, Hatje Cantz, MTV, Nokia, Redbull, Smart, Uniqlo, Volkswagen, and Zumtobel.

Gestalten Stores

At Gestalten, we have always strived to go beyond publishing our content in books and have developed workshops, exhibitions, videos, and, most recently, stores where this content can be experienced in new ways. Our first shop location, Gestalten Space, opened its doors in the Mitte district of Berlin in April 2011. We have now opened a second flagship store in our home city called Gestalten Pavilion which is located on the roof terrace of Bikini Berlin and features an integrated café. At both locations, we are thrilled to not only present a comprehensive collection of our books, but also a striking selection of handpicked products, many of which have been created by the designers and artists that we have presented through our publications. The Space and Pavilion also serve as a platform for exchanging ideas and further enriching and fostering emerging creative processes through special events.

Additional Gestalten shopping locations can be found at Rough Trade in New York City and at a kiosk in Berlin's 25hours Hotel.


Gestalten Fonts

Since 2003, Gestalten offers a versatile selection of cutting-edge fonts that have been handpicked by our graphic designers and editors for our independent foundry. Gestalten Fonts now features over 120 contemporary typefaces that range in style from refined, elegant, and minimal text fonts to more experimental display, ornamental, script, blackletter, monospaced, stencil, and typewriter fonts.


Gestalten TV

Since 2007, Gestalten produces biweekly films on visual innovators and leaders who dare to change today's creative landscape with a bold vision. The portraits of these vanguards, rogues, legends, performers, and players can be seen on www.gestalten.tv.


Corporate Responsibility

Gestalten is dedicated to producing high quality publications that are environmentally friendly and resource efficient. Paper is a valuable resource and to prove our commitment to producing sustainable books, since 2001, the company has been using internationally certified paper accepted by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for environmental protection in all of our products.

The FSC seal guarantees paper products coming from responsibly managed forests. To further ensure the quality of our publications, we also work with certified printing houses in Europe and Asia that follow international standards for quality and safety that comply with sustainable, economical and ecological production processes (environment management system ISO 14001) to reduce impact on the environment.


Sales and Press

If you have a trade or press inquiry, you can contact our Sales and Press team by following the links below.

Contact a member of our sales team
Contact a member of our press team

Submit Your Work

Do you have a newsworthy story you'd like to share on the Gestalten website? We want to know about your activities, experiments, and exhibitions as well as your criticism. So please feel free to keep us posted and contact our news team at news@gestalten.com.

We're always interested in seeing new and inspiring work. Join Gestalten's Creative Pool to share your projects with us and scope out what our international creative community is up to.

Interested in contributing to a Gestalten project? Join our Designer Database so that we can get to know both you and your work.

Book Proposals

If you have a brilliant idea for a book that you think would be a great addition to the Gestalten publishing program, and would like to submit a project for consideration, please send us your proposal.

What we need from you is the following. Make up your minds about what it is that makes your idea unique. Send us a brief description with synopsis, content structure, a list of contributors, ideas if you have any about the format, and most importantly, a selection of images to best understand the visual quality of the project along with some background information about yourself to proposals@gestalten.com.

We will then review and discuss the project in one of our editors meetings. Please bear in mind that answering might take some time.

One last thing, we love all things print but please do not send book proposals in the post. Please send your proposal as PDF to the email above.


Interested in joining our team at Gestalten?

Our current vacancies:

Project Management Intern (6 months)
Shop Sales Associates (Part Time / Full Time)
Service Staff (Part Time / Full Time)


Gestalten Head Office
Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Mariannenstr. 9-10
10999 Berlin, Germany

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00 CET

T: +49 (0)30 726 13 2000
F: +49 (0)30 726 13 2222
E: verlag@gestalten.com

Recent Book Releases

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Robert Klanten interviewed by PAGE.

The Great Wide Open featured on Monopol. "Atemberaubende neue Landschaftsfotografie."

I am Dandy featured on Caras.

Hide and Seek in the April issue of the UK edition of Wired.

Der Honigdieb reviewed in the February 27 issue of the Nürnberger Zeitung. “So schön verpackt kommt die Sorge um unsere Umwelt selten daher.”

Edwina ermittelt in Berlin recommended in 1000 und 1 Buch's February issue. “Eine spannend zu lesende Geschichte, die mit vielen interessanten Details zur deutschen und Berliner Historie aufwartet und Lust auf einen Berlin-Besuch macht. Liebevoll ausgestattet. Kurz: rundum empfehlenswert.”

Gestalten Pavilion featured in Monocle's film about Bikini Berlin.

Join Our Designer Database

We welcome portfolio and proposal submissions for Gestalten's potential publications and collaborations.

→ How to submit.