It’s a Gas!, The Allure of the Gas Station
Edited and published by Gestalten Verlag in Berlin, 2018
The first gasoline was sold in pharmacies—but this was to change in the 1950s. As the car experienced its great rise in popularity, gas stations began to pop up like mushrooms out of the ground. Futuristic and progressive, these modern temples of mobility became roadside reference points for young people hungry for independence, and to everyone who strove for a sense of freedom. It’s a Gas! explores the surprisingly diverse world of the gas station—a functional high tech temple, a transit zone, a film set, a converted residence, or an abandoned ruin hidden in a backyard. The world of pumps is full of surprises, ready to be discovered in this book. The preface was written by US-American talkshow legend and passionate car collector Jay Leno.
Gestalten is a publisher and creative agency mostly known for their 600 books on art, architecture, design, photography and typography. The company has staff members through offices in Berlin, London, New York and Tokyo. Gestalten’s books are unique in the industry as all are edited and designed by designers. They typically document and anticipate vital trends in visual culture, the results of which Print Magazine has called “timeless” and “a perfect expression of our time.” With their extensive range of titles, they do not only seek to enhance and to enrich their reader’s lives, but to continually engage with the surrounding creative landscape.
Client – Gestalten Verlag
Creative Direction – Ludwig Wendt
Graphic Design – Jeannine Moser
Final Artwork – Stef Morgner