Julie Peeters and Scott Ponik spend most of their time looking at books—in libraries, bookstores, on their own shelves. Occasionally they even find themselves telepathically connected through a book. Mutual admiration for each other’s collections has been the basis of their friendship for more than six years, helping bridge the gap between Brussels and Portland. While working together on the identity for Kiria Koula over the past year, we knew if they had gone missing to call up Adrienne at 871 Fine Arts, where they had likely taken refuge. 871 Fine Arts is in the basement of a nondescript downtown building at 20 Hawthorne Street, and is run by the institution herself, Adrienne Fish, a bookseller for 30 years. She knows her stuff, and is not without strong opinion. The store instantly became one of their favorites. For the bookstore at Kiria Koula, Peeters and Ponik chose to support one shop, and the incredible work and livelihood of one person, buying 15 books from 871. They will be available for sale at Kiria Koula, for the same price, starting September 11, 2015.
Julie Peeters (b. 1983, Hasselt) is a graphic designer living in Brussels. She mostly collaborates with artists on printed matter and designs several identities for cultural institutions worldwide. She has a particular interest in the printed image and is the editor of a quarterly book series for Kunstverein München. Peeters studied at Jan van Eyck Akademie and Werkplaats Typografie. She teaches graphic design in KASK and Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
Scott Ponik (b. 1977, Los Angeles) is a designer and book buyer. He has recently designed exhibitions for Marianne Wex, Susan Howe, and Yuji Agematsu, and publications for Martha Wilson, George Kuchar, The Artist’s Institute, and the forthcoming book ZIP: 01-01-14...12-31-14 by Agematsu, designed with Julie Peeters. Ponik lives and works in Portland, OR, where he is co-developing the art center Yale Union, and the shop Stand Up Comedy.