ABOUT

HEARTBRUT explores the brut and beautiful. Launched in March 2019 by writer & photographer Karin Hunter Bürki, it offers concrete pleasures, small-run editions, photography, texts and services.
Taking inspiration from brutalist architecture, HEARTBRUT is about embracing a reality that is both brutal and beautiful at the same time. The small but popular BRUTALIST BEAUTIES editions and a growing number of shows, publications and fans from around the world prove HEARTBRUT’s fresh take on béton brut aesthetics and feelbrut style are catching on.

NATIONAL THEATRE, LONDON, DESIGNED BY DENYS LASDUN, 1976 I © HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
National Theatre © HEARTBRUT / Karin Hunter Bürki

"To many, heart and brut are words that don't belong next to each other. But they do.
Life is no holiday. Creativity is cruelty in reverse. Good results are based on tough decisions. Flaws are your friends. If you're brilliantly brut. So take heart, embrace that feelbrut feeling."

KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI

Karin is a writer and photographer. The Swiss with English roots is based in Zurich, the perfect place for crisp morning swims in the river.

Born in Zurich, Karin spent her formative years in England and graduated in Fine Arts at Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London. She made a name for herself as Play Hunter and the photo blog Playlust, which was the first to put the Swiss style avant-garde on the international radar. Its razor sharp style led to many raised eyebrows, commissions, art shows and the critically acclaimed photo book «Now&Wow – A Style Hunter’s Book of Photographs» (published by Walter Keller), which sits in the Swiss Foundation for Photography collection.

Karin has worked as a columnist and photographer for international & national media, guest lectured at Zurich University of the Arts and partnered with select fine brands and private clients. Following the success of her debut postcard edition BRUTALIST BEAUTIES, she decided to hit refresh and start 2019 with HEARTBRUT.

KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI, SELF- Portrait, JANUARY 2019 I ©HEARTBRUT / KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI
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"The sight of brutalist concrete fills me with instant joy. So I decided brut's the place for me.

What fascinates me about brutalism is its absolute refusal to please, its loudness, the upfront geometry and the fact it's so very photogenic.

There's a desire for less conformity and perfection and more heart and guts. With HEARTBRUT I want to bring some of that feelbrut joy back on the map."

SERVICES

Bespoke professional services include visuals, editorials, copy and social ID solutions to clients in art, architecture, design and fashion.

Photography

KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI’s EYE IS UNFLINCHING. HER visual narrative is direct, clean-cut and carefully colour-coordinated, but never cold and technical. NONCHALANTLY CLASHING concrete architecture WITH THE PLAYFUL AND CAMP, KARIN’S images speak to the heart and mind with honesty and wit.

WRITING

Like her visuals, Karin’s words are razor-sharp, but attack with smartness, substance and wit. TrIED AND TESTED IN EDITORIALS, COLUMNS AND COPY In ENGLISH AND GERMAN Language.

SOCIAL ID

Your social ID is your new Visit card. Let us make it sing and sell for you.

SELECT CLIENTS

WALDRAUD    YAEL ANDERS    QWSTION    ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS     STUDIO MARCUS KRAFT    NICOLA VON SENGER    NIKE     MERCEDES BENZ    HINT    DAS MAGAZIN     SONNTAGSZEITUNG      KREISLAUF 345

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