Thursday, June 26, 2014

PRINTED PAGES #6: the summer issue

PRINTED PAGES is made by the team of the very succesful and extinct art magazine It's Nice That.
Printed Pages is more about design, illustration and photography. It is very much loved by readers and magazine makers; in the interviews we publish here on the blog with editors from magazines Printed Pages is often mentioned in their list of inspiring magazines.

In this summer issue the incredibly beautiful drawings of biologist Ernst Haeckel, an interview with the "Michelangelo of custom decorative lettering" Marian Bantjes, the existence or non-existence of children's illustrators and much more.

Here is a flip through video we made of this issue:

This is what other people say:

Michael Bojkowski ( It’s Nice That re-engineered their existing title with a new format, new team, new cover price and spanky new name to become instantly 110% more accessible—matching thoroughly engaged editorial with a suitably flexible design aesthetic. A worthy match to the website, podcast and assorted activities It’s Nice That have become cherished for.

Roman Ruska ( We really like the extroverted, slightly ironic (or just plain funny) personality of it. It has an uplifting and inspiring character that is highly contagious. Especially for designers and illustrators. And the interns love the fair copy price!

Steve Watson (Stack Magazines): Printed Pages is one of those magazines that knows exactly why it’s in print. I think it comes in part from having a vast digital reach (via the It’s Nice That blog) so in a sense there’s no real *need* for them to be in print. That must focus the mind in editorial meetings and the result is a magazine that makes the most of its form with beautiful big images and an effortless pacing of stories from long, in-depth opinion to quicker, lighter Q&As, all suffused with a distinctly Printed Pages sense of fun.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SEPP #8: football and fashion

SEPP is about football and fashion and always appears when there's a World Cup or UEFA. It's about the players as icons, the tattoos, haircuts and clothes but also about branding and football.
In this 8th issue Karl Lagerfeld drew some famous football and fashion icons, buildings and legendary Seleção players inspired by Rio.

Have a look at this flip through video we made of the magazine:

Sepp: The Beautiful Game: browse through the magazine from Athenaeum Boekhandel on Vimeo.

Monday, June 23, 2014

BROWNBOOK #45: the music issue

In BROWNBOOK's music issue: Mauritania's only record shop, a remake of Prince's Purple Rain in the Saharan desert, actress Chaimae Ben Acha started an all-girl punk band, a music festival that takes place deep in the Tunisian desert and a round up of a succesful edition of The Gulf Music Festival.

Brownbook, an urban guide to the Middle East, comes with another great issue, rich in photography, stories and music.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MECANO live @ Nieuwscentrum Saturday June 28 13:00

Legendary Dutch punk / new wave band MECANO reformed and will do a one day tour through Amsterdam next Saturday June 28. They will play at various locations and then close the day with a big concert at Paradiso at 20:00. They will also hit the Newscentre! at 13:00 they do an instore performance surrounded by the magazines.

Please drop by!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

introducing a new Dutch magazine: THE BUTTER SPACE

THE BUTTER SPACE is created in Amsterdam by photographer Cindy Baar and graphic designer Martin Zuidema.

They say:

"We see it as a growing collection of visual outtakes from a world full of creative characters. A stylized view on things we like and people we meet. It’s a tribute to authentic spirits, free-thinkers and original style." 

There are a lot of magazines displayed in the pictures of this first issue. Magazines in a magazine. Why did they do this? What is their fascination with magazines?

"The photo series Mad Mags resulted from playing with magazines and food. At the home studio we have a huge collection of magazines. They have always been a source of inspiration for us, almost as important as food. By playing with food on the existing covers and making photographs of that, new covers and characters were created. We just love printed magazines. The sensation of holding one, browsing through, feel and flip the paper, see the binding and being able to sniff the ink is just super exciting, relaxing and informative at the same time! An experience that cannot be replaced by online magazines. That’s why the photo series Mad Mags is an homage to some of the cool titles that have been released throughout the years. And a big up to independent publishers!"

The Butter Space #1 is a high quality printed magazine in a limited edition of 600 copies, all are hand stamped, numbered and signed. 

Step into The Butter Space.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

interview with Ricarda Messner from FLANEUR MAGAZINE about #3

FLANEUR picks one street in a city and makes a whole issue around it. The first issue sold out in no time and was about the Kanntstrasse in Berlin, second issue was about the Georg-Schwarz-Strasse in Leipzig.
For the new issue they went outside of Germany and chose a street in Montreal. The Rue Bernard issue will be launched next Friday June 27th. We have the new cover already.
We asked founder and editor Ricarda Messner some questions about the new issue, which looks very promising.

How was Montreal? Which street did you cover?

Montreal was cold but we felt right away at home somehow, it is a very welcoming city and the people supported right away the project which made it a lot easier for us to dive into the stories on our street - Rue Bernard.

When will the issue be out?

Next Friday! We are having a launch first in Berlin and then flying over again to Montreal, presenting our issue in Canada. It is always very exciting to see how the people from the city, neighborhood react to the work we do. 

Why didn’t you chose another city in Germany?

It was great doing the first two issues in Germany. Berlin, because we are based here and then Leipzig was a good move to test our concept abroad, in a town we are not that familiar with without having an immense financial and logistical risk.

What makes a street suitable for an issue of Flaneur?

There is no real criteria of how we chose a street.  It’s a very intuitive approach, some streets do something with you right away. The Leipzig one was rather dark, non-inviting whereas the Montréal one was full of diversity and contrasts which seemed appealing to us this time.

What are your favourite magazines?

Toilet paper - they are doing such great work, even though its plain photography but every picture is almost like a written short story.

Our Winter Issue will take place in Rome and we’d love to get in touch with the people  behind it. Hopefully there is a way of coming together. 

(the new issue will be available soon in the store, the second Leipzig issue is still available here.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SLANTED #23 :The Swiss Issue

SLANTED is a magazine for the modern typographer. This loved German magazine always comes with super thick issues and sometimes takes a country as it's theme. They did it before with Cuba and now it's Switzerland's turn. Swiss posters, commercials, designers and printers. Three centimeters thick, printed on three different kinds of paper. Slanted rules in the Newscentre.

Monday, June 16, 2014

interview with Ivan Bolshakov from MOSKVICH MAGAZINE

We stock Moskvich since two issues now. It's a great addition because we only sell a few Russian weekly newspapers and the Russian Elle. Moskvich is mainly about photography and is published in English and Russian. The photography is quite good and we are fond of the design of the magazine, that's why we included it in our part of the exhibition at Facing Pages.
We wanted to know more about the magazine and had some questions for editor in chief Ivan Bolshakov.

Where is your magazine based and how would you describe it? And what does Moskvich mean?

Moskvich means a Muscovite, a man who lives in Moscow. I am a Muscovite and my magazine is a Muscovite too. Needless to say that it is based in Moscow. It's the only independent print media in Russia that focusses on forefront photography. It's also honest and very personal. It consists mainly of photo stories made by Russian photographers or photo stories shot in Russia.

Which magazine did you read this week?

I work, inter alia, as the art director in the leading Russian food magazine, so I always keep an eye on Lucky Peach. This week I've also read Garage (Russian version), FOAM and Palais.

Why do you publish in Russian and English?

I make Moskvich bilingual and set international distribution, so people, regardless of their place in the world, can see Russian photography and culture.

What is the connection between your magazine and Berlin?

Russia and Germany are strongly connected for XX centuries and have much in common, and Berlin is the closest city to Moscow among the European ones - historically and locally. So, I certainly see it as the gate to Europe.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

what's going on in APARTAMENTO #13?

An interview with Wes Anderson about the amazing interiors he uses in his movies. Joel Chen and his large LA furniture and interior design shop. The apartment and work of illustrator Arturo Rhodes. A comic by Andy Rementer and Margherita Urbani. The colourful and funky house of furniture designer Peter Shire. Food writer Anissa Helou talks about the houses she lived in and her belongings "I don't collect anymore. My acquired nature is translated into buying books; I have about 1500 or 2000 cookbooks".

Fashion designer Bernard Willhelm recently moved to Hollywood Hills where Apartamento investigates how he re-defines his space in a new city. Artist Jack Pierson lives in an apartment in Greenwich Village in NYC and owns a house in Twentynine Palms, California; "...people call Palm Springs the desert and, in fact, it is, but you don't really get it. You're not confronted with sand".

Monday, June 9, 2014

RABONA #2: World Cup Issue featuring David Silva

RABONA is a new independent football magazine from the UK. Second issue is just out, right on time for the World Cup. Next to a good cover and a sharp design, the build up of the magazine is executed quite well. Eight chapters.
The issue starts with "Equipment"-  footballs, t-shirts and t-shirt logo's of international teams reviewed. Chapter two consists of short features on players. Chapter three profiles all World Cup nations with short interviews with football writers from these 32 countries.

Chapter four is for the interviews; Juan Mata, Salomon Kalou, Ross Barkley and David Silva.
Fifth chapter is especially good "Six players that can shape the world cup"- short introductions about the players with some nicely drawn portraits.

Chapter six deals with the politics behind the World cup with a large article on the controversy around the World Cup in Brazil.
The last chapter is called Tribute and this time it goes to Colombian player Andres Escobar who was shot dead 20 years ago for scoring an own goal in the World Cup.

Rabona call themselves A magazine for the erudite football fan. It's the perfect addition to this football summer. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

interview with Uwe Jens Bermeitinger from TISSUE MAGAZINE

There seems to be a wave of new erotic magazines at the moment, they keep popping up. Last weekend NRC Handelsblad published an article on the scene. It also mentioned the excellent TISSUE made by our friend UWE JENS BERMEITINGER. We had some questions for him about his magazine and we wanted to know if he feels part of this scene.

Where is your magazine based and how would you describe it? 

We’re based in Hamburg - St. Pauli, Germany.
TISSUE is an exquisite art and photography manual at the edge of fashion, fetish and philosophy. 
To keep it simple: TISSUE is about freedom and love.

There seems to be a new wave of independent erotic magazines, do you feel part of this scene? Which ones do you read? 

No, we don’t feel part of this scene. We share good contacts with our little siblings Sova and Irène and we admire Richardson (a bit) but we left that genre ages ago. We’re totally independent but we are not an erotic magazine. But if so, we are the original (if you ignore Richardson).

Which magazines inspired you to start Tissue? Which ones are your favorites?

and BUTT, Purple FASHION, Fantastic Man!

TISSUE Magazine emerged of NUDE PAPER, a filthy fanzine I did from 2009 till 2011.
But my partner and me got into terrible beef. And as success is the best revenge, I created TISSUE Magazine – with the help of Melanie Jeske and Hans Bussert – while we were still fighting with our lawyers.

What's the best thing about making a magazine? 

The best thing about making TISSUE Magazine is to get to know all the other magazine makers, interesting artists and photographers.
And to know, that there are people all over the world that dig your shit.

The other titles from the article in NRC clockwise: Odiseo, Secret Behavior, Baron, Adult, Extra Extra, E.R.O.S. (which was not mentioned but is really good, smart and text based).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

TOO MUCH MAGAZINE #5: a magazine of romantic geography

TOO MUCH Magazine is made in Japan but published in English. It's one of these magazines that combine so many things that it seems impossible to put a label on it. For example, they call themselves "magazine of romantic geography", it sounds reasonable but what does it mean?

The 5th issue's theme is "The Body in Space and Time". It has an article on the Japanese chair designer Hidemasa Yatabe who wrote influential books on Japanese posture and seating, his chairs are beautiful.

There's a photo reportage from the "May '68 Revolution" in Paris, recalled in his essay by Nagao Nishikawa who studied in Paris at the time. Dan Rule dives into Cara Phillips' photographic series Singular Beauty about "the conflicted psychological and transitional space of cosmetic surgery studio's". Naoki Ishikawa investigated folklore on Japanese islands; deities and rituals in close up from 10 islands, very interesting.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

032c issue 26 with Lara Stone

#26 of art and fashion mag 032c features our very own Lara Stone on the cover. Inside, she is photographed pretty good by Sean & Seng. It’s time to explore the notion of creative leadership is the slogan of this fantastic new issue.

272 pages, content non-stop

Kevin Amato, Andrew Ayers, Camille Bidault Waddington, Benjamin Bruno, Max Farago, David Fischer, Zoe Ghertner, Alasdair McLellan, Jamie Morgan, David Ostrowski, Niki Pauls, Peter Richter, Sean + Seng, Heji Shin, Mario Sorrenti, Juergen Teller, Cornelius Tittel, Erik Torstensson, Jahleel Weaver, Robert Wiesenberger.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SUBWAY #1: Connecting People with Paper

SUBWAY is a new title, put together and designed by Erik van der Weijde in Rotterdam and published by 4478.
It's a strong mix of short editorials. A two page recollection of the 80's television series ALF, an introduction to Brazil, a recipe for an ace German Black Forest chocolate cake, the work of photographer Peter Sutherland accompanied by a three question interview and five quotes by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

Everything is short and to the point which makes Subway such a nice read. It gives you just enough and leaves you to go on. One of the best features in this first issue is an interview with poet Nikola Tosic after which three of his poems follow. His poem "Training for my Parent's Death" is really quite good.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

PRINTING THINGS: Visions and Essentials for 3D Printing

This cool book is about the short history of the 3D printer, the art made with it, the technigue itself and what the influence is on daily life.
In the first chapters they explain what 3D printing is and how it works. After that come numerous examples of fascinating things printed with a 3D printer, one of the most beautiful stories is a blind couple who get a 3D print of an ultrasound of their unborn child. The fashion, utensils and abstract shapes you can make with the printer are quite impressive.