Sunday, September 30, 2012

Holy Motors by Leon Carax in SIGHT & SOUND

Sight & Sound calls Leos Carax's Holy Motors the year's most provocative film. David Thompson dives deep into the film in his article and Robert Koehler wrote an extended review.
Holy Motors I sstill playing in town, trailer below.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


A magazine bringing art, philosophy, poetry and critical theory together in exposing the nuances of contemporary life and culture.

In issue #9 a poem by Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, "Heterotopia" photography with an essay by Vincent J. Stoker, interviews with acclaimed documentary film maker Jørgen Leth, artist Matthew Stone, photographers Sasha Kurmaz and 2ManyPhotographers.

Friday, September 28, 2012

SATED MAGAZINE - The Dark Chocolate Issue

The new food magazine Sated's first issue is all about dark chocolate. If you're a fan of that stuff, this publication is for you. Some great recipes: raspberry chocolate roulade, sea salt and thyme chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon orange chocolate cake, dark chocolate and fresh mint marshmallows.
The best chocolate shops in the San Francisco Bay Area, the birth of the chocolate bar and different ways of drinking hot chocolate.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

VESTOJ satorial matters issue 3 SHAME



In Goya’s sketch For being born somewhere else we see a man wearing a sanbenito and a coroza hat, the garments of shame during the Spanish Inquisition; he is turned away from us, covering his face with his hands. His body language is not so dissimilar from what our impulse would tell us to do, were we in his shoes. Shame is personal, but also universal: we blush, cast our eyes down, lower our heads and seek to hide from prying eyes. Whereas guilt causes us to feel regret about something we have done, in shame our very selves are up for painful judgment. Shame allows us to see ourselves in the eyes of others, and here its link to dress is at its most potent.
For us this journey began with Adam and Eve, banished from the Garden of Eden by a wrathful God – the beginning of consciousness, shame and also clothing. Our exploration of ‘fashion and shame’ originates with the symbolic birth of mankind; from it we have attempted to delve into this multifaceted and complex subject matter in as many different ways as we have found interpretations of the theme. In all ages clothes have been used as a marker of shame. In seventeenth century England and Scotland the branks, an iron muzzle with a bridle, often spiked and pressing down on the wearer’s tongue, was a common device used for punishment and public humiliation. We can read about the dunce cap in the 1840 novel The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens and a decade later Nathaniel Hawthorne gives a moving account of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, a woman in seventeenth century Puritan Boston, forced to wear the symbol of her crime stitched on her chest. We have seen the yellow Star of David and the pink triangle come and go as well as the striped and arrowed prison uniform, and not long ago we got used to spotting the orange Abu Ghraib jumpsuit on the backs of those detained at the Baghdad Correctional Facility. These are just a few examples we have come across; the list of garments associated with our shame is long and diverse.
photography Linus Ricard:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Tuesday 02 October from 17:00 to 19:00
Athenaeum Bookshop, Spui 14 Amsterdam

What Design Can Do! and Athenaeum Bookshop are pleased to invite you to the launch of CRAS, A new book by the Brazilian artist Stephan Doitschinoff

Tuesday 02 October, bookshop Athenaeum, Spui 14 Amsterdam

From 17:00 to 19:00 Stephan will be present to sign his book and share a drink with you.

Stephan Doitschinoff was one of the highlights of our WDCD conference, last May.
We are honoured and happy to have him back in Amsterdam with the presentation of his new book.

CRAS is a collection of recent work by Stephan Doitschinoff. The artist is widely considered to be one of the leading talents on the Brazilian art scene and his work is shown in museums and galleries worldwide. Doitschinoff’s art is based on a deeply symbolic code language and iconoclastic religious and folkloric elements. He offers acid critiques of our modern society that provide glimpses into another political and philosophical dimension. His paintings and other work go beyond superficial religious references to illustrate narratives of denunciation, renunciation, and affirmation.

CRAS // Stephan Doitschinoff // 24 x 30 cm // 224 pages // full color // linen hardcover // English // ISBN: 978-3-89955-454-0 // €44,00

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

heritage post issue 3

We are surrounded by mass-produced products, from fashion hypes to Swedish interior design. Short-lived and usually pretty boring. Or is it superficial luxury and status symbols, fashion trends and expensive  brands.  Authentic is something else. With originality & exclusivity  this has nothing in common. But where are the products that are associated with a history, a passion, a craft? 
 They do exist. That's the beauty. That's probably the most amazing! The jeans that you are missing are a deep blue, made of premium cotton., genuine leather and a long tradition of craftsmanship.
With this men's magazine, we want to make it easier for interested people to find such products. 

Therefore its quite an educational magazine, which would help you to ensure that products are re-estimated, production routes and prices are understood and the reader can form their own opinion and style. We want to present  a consistently of good style in all aspects of life. We will show you special things, new products, as well as almost forgotten vintage products that are beautiful.Just as  men ... sometimes.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

INVENTARIO # 5 - everything is a project

INVENTARIO #5 just arrived in the store. One of the best mags about design from Italy. They say:

Inventario is not a magazine, Inventario is not a book. Inventario is a new editorial initiative casting a critical and free-thinking eye over the design scene, architecture and art, created and managed by Beppe Finessi.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

the dots

Connecting The Dots, with chief editor David Held, showcases all the Dutch presentations at the London Design Festival 2012, due next week.
Yes, there's 100% Design, like every year. And there's the rest. Inspiring, unexpected and full of vibe. Scattered all over the city. If you head east you'll find the Dutch at TENT, near Truman Brewery. In this magazine, which is also a guide, you'll also find some good articles, interviews and columns. Socially responsible design, Deyan Sudjic, Droog, Ineke Hans and the Items crew.
A good preparation, and good to have afterwards.
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Cover The Dots magazine London 2012
 "Design is a way to understand the world around us"
                               Paola Antonelli

Thursday, September 13, 2012


They are here! The autumn/winter issues of Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man. Big piles, big people on the cover. The Gentlewoman has 86 year old Angela Lansbury and Fantastic man has 18 (?) year old Oliver Sim of XX fame.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

HOW MUSIC WORKS by David Byrne

This interesting character David Byrne published a book this year with McSweeney's. It' out now in the UK and we also have it in our store.

How Music Works is David Byrne’s remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

JUKE: generation-defining music mag

JUKE is cool and comes from London. It will give you some very good tips on music that is out now, weird, exciting, new, leftfield, half- discovered. If you like Subbacultcha!, you will love JUKE.
Of course it also has fashion. No problem.
This is what they say: JUKE’s a music magazine, just way noisier. We saw a gap on the shelf where our generation-defining magazine should be – and filled it.
In issue 4 - Stephen Malkmus, Grimes, Salem and Northern lights.  
Have a look at the video below to get the picture.


JUKE Vol.04 TRAILER from JUKE on Vimeo.

Friday, September 7, 2012


 The new season hasn't really started without Purple Fashion Magazine. But now it's here we can finally plunge into it with all our hearts and wish to never get out again. Because Purple is full of fun, sex, fine photography, great stories and of course the very  best of this fall's fashion.
The Queen of the biannual mags celebrates her 20th anniversary and looks as young and exciting as ever.
Featuring Peter Beard, Rei Kawakubo, Takashi Homma, Terry Richardson, Paul McCarthy and many, many more.
Purple Magazine € 22,-

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

interview with THE ALARMIST

The Alarmist is a great new literary magazine from the UK. We are happy we have it in our shop.It has a great layout like The Believer, Das Magazin and Popshot. 
They publish poetry, prose and scenario. The quality of the work is high, daring, authentic, funny, sharp and pushing literary boundaries without too many concessions. 
We asked editors Gary and Mansour a few questions about their cool magazine.

What inspired you to make a magazine?

Partly it was because neither of us talked the other one out of it when it was crazily suggested. Mainly, it was because we felt that there was something lacking in the literary magazines that were out there. They were too stuffy, not brave enough, seemed to choose well-written work over well-written work that was also entertaining, and they didn’t have as eclectic a mix as we felt they should.

We also wanted to publish work from great writers whose work doesn’t conform to the magazines and formats currently out there for publication. Thankfully, there are a lot of writers who aren’t tailoring their work especially for the formats available which I think is one of the most sinful acts as a writer. Instead, they were writing what they hoped or thought was good which often turned out to be even better than they hoped (just without a place to put it). I guess, in a sense, we wanted to build a platform for those miscreants that refuse to bow down.

We also want to make literary magazines more accessible in general. We think a lot of people are put off by the idea of a literary magazine because they think that they might be made to feel stupid by reading it. And, sometimes, we can see why.
There was also a conscious attempt to get away from the pretentiousness of submitting to a literary magazine, particularly one in print. We do believe there is a prestige to print and we want people to understand and appreciate that as much as we do but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to ask people send their submissions by mail with Self Addressed Envelopes or wait nine months before rejecting their work.  As people who write ourselves, one of the last things we want is to be patronised by a magazine just because we want the pleasure of having our work in print & being part of something nice. 

It wasn’t that long ago that a publication that will remain nameless were asking all their submitters to send a receipt of a recent book they’ve purchased with their submission. They have some brilliant writers adorning their pages but we thought that was a really rotten way to treat their potential contributors. Don’t get us wrong that’s just an opinion. I know some people think that we are dicks because we don’t accept work that’s been on a blog or website. I guess we all have good intentions and we don’t think it’s too unfair to ask for original unpublished work. We don’t refuse simultaneous submissions and, if we did, we’d be missing out on some great stuff.
A lot of writers will make part of our audience and as we well know ourselves, vanity sells, but we hope that as a result of a not being too precious about submissions that we will end up getting great work that may otherwise not have crossed our path.

Why did you chose the format of a printed magazine over publishing on the internet?

Some of the things we’re doing with the magazine would only work in print and there’s something quite beautiful about the smell of the freshly baked magazine, the feeling of the pages in between thumb and forefinger. It has a tangible existence which we feel makes it infinitely more valuable.
There was a study made during that strange time when CDs and MP3s were roughly neck and neck with one another (in terms of what people listened to more).  What the study found was that downloaded albums were not appreciated, listened to, or valued as highly as the actual CD’s. There’s something about existing in real life, away from double clicks, executables and pixels that gives it a special kind of value.
Also, on a quite simple level, I really struggle to read stuff on computer screens and phones. Kindles are effective but our magazine has some fucking amazing graphic design by Chris Tavoularis which not only makes people want to read it more, but actually adds to the enjoyment and appreciation of the actual written work.

What is your favourite magazine? 

Mansour: I am very fond of Port magazine. Inc Zine (a small Hackney based poetry mag), Popshot. I know it’s a bit of a cliché to choose it and probably quite surprising considering what we’re all about but the New Yorker is a bloody good read. 

Gary: As idiotic as it sounds, I hardly read any of them at all, as I’m much too impressionable. Agree with Mansour’s sentiments on Inc and Popshot, mind.  

What are your plans for the future with The Alarmist? 

To publish more brilliant writing, art and graphic design.
Our first issue features a scratch card and a balloon. We don’t think they’re gratuitous, though it might seem that way on the surface, we think they add a little something to the work featured on them.
With that in mind, we have quite a few more ideas up our sleeve. They may be silly but we can promise they’ll be interesting and fun and push the boundaries of what print publications.
Another plan is for us to encourage more British writers to submit. After all, we’re a literary magazine published in Britain and edited by two British men, so it would be nice to have more content from Brits (as proportionately, we find these easier to engage with) but we’ve found they’re either very lazy or nowhere near as into writing as Americans.
I quite geekily worked out that US is five times the population of the UK but our submissions from the US outweigh submissions from Britain by a multiple of about 20.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

It's not LOVE, it's just a CRUSH

CRUSH Fanzine explores obsession, this 6th issue is about Eastern Promises. Russian athletes, boxers, training schedules and the Russian martial art systema.
CRUSH Fanzine is from New York and Paris and says:
Once someone told us, "You really don't love me, maybe you're just obsessed. Maybe it's just a crush". Even though we shed a quiet tear, we knew it was true.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Design Denim Lab

It just arrived in our store: Brian Robbin's Design Denim- a tribute to the beauty of vintage design.
It's been a while since there was an inspiring book about denim- the all time fabric with such a rich history.
Published in a limited edition, each book has a vintage fabric cover so each copy is unique.
History, anatomy, manufacturing, brands, an inspiration section with amazing examples and 'getting started'. basically that means: how to ruin the fabric professionally and fashionally.
With the start of an ROC-Denim Academy in Amsterdam, so many wonderful sartorial developments and shops, denim seem to be THE fabric.
Denim Design Lab,     Brian Robbins

Denim Design Lab from Kristian on Vimeo.