“From Comics Shop to Flagship Store” was the headline of the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger’s report on the opening of our new store at the city’s Neumarkt. It refers to the legendary origins of the publishing house, whose story began in 1980 when Benedikt Taschen, then 18 years old, opened his first comics shop in nearby Lungengasse.
Where the very first TASCHEN fans had to make do with 25 square meters and nothing other than comics, the new Flagship Store offers art and culture, pop and fashion, film and photography, sex and glam on 200 square meters of sales area in spacious mid-century surroundings designed by Alberto Stampanoni Bassi and Salvatore Licitra, which lets the TASCHEN store fit in elegantly with the surrounding architecture. Neumarkt 3, a commercial building built in the 1950s to the plans of architect Peter Baumann, is itself an architectural icon and work of art, embellished with works of prominent artists such as Ewald Mataré, Gerhard Marcks, Georg Meistermann and Stefan Wewerka. It is also home to Kunsthaus Lempertz, founded in 1845 and one of the leading fine arts auction houses in Europe.
“On opening day … there were long queues, a stream of celebrities were continually coming and going, and next day Christo was signing autographs.”
—Börsenblatt, Frankfurt am Main