Lugemik bookshop at Kai. Photo: Indrek Sirkel

From February 2023 onward, all book lovers are invited to Kai Art Center to visit the newly-opened Lugemik Bookshop. In addition to exhibition-specific catalogs, visitors will find a wide selection of Estonian and international art and theory books.


Lugemik Bookshop also opened its doors at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (ETDM), where the selection of books focuses primarily on design and crafts. Both new locations will be open from Wednesday to Sunday.


Lugemik is an independent publishing initiative based in Tallinn, Estonia, founded in 2010 by designer Indrek Sirkel and artist Anu Vahtra. In collaboration with different artists, designers and theorists, Lugemik has published 100 titles to date.

In 2013, Lugemik opened its first bookshop on the premises of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) and in 2020, its second location under Tallinn Art Hall. Since 2013 Lugemik has participated in various art book fairs around the world: Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, Offprint Paris and London, Bergen Art Book Fair, Ghent Art Book Fair, Singapore Art Book Fair, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair, and Friends with Books.


Over the years Lugemik’s activities have been organised by several collaborators: Anu Vahtra co-ran Lugemik with Indrek Sirkel from 2010 to 2019, Laura Toots was part of the team from 2015 to 2017, and Ott Kagovere from 2018 to 2020. Kersti Heile has been managing Lugemik Bookshop since 2018. Currently Lugemik is run by Indrek Sirkel.


Indrek Sirkel (1984, Estonia) is a graphic designer, educator and publisher based in Tallinn. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2007 and a one-year residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2008, he received his MA degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) in 2014. Since 2007, Sirkel has been teaching and co-organising the programme at the Department of Graphic Design of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA). In 2015, he became the head of the department and in 2020 was elected to be the professor of Graphic Design. Since Septemer 2022 he is a junior researcher and a doctoral student at the Doctoral School of EKA.