MADE Journal

By Tom Ran

Published: October 10, 2012 under Publishing

MADE Quarterly issue 1.

Photo: MADE Quarterly

The process of making and creating fascinates us to no end. That’s why when a publications comes along that celebrates this movement we’re instant supporters. It also helps if the publication is well executed. Coming out of Australia is MADE Quarterly a new periodical that transcends other magazines and fits well into the premium mag culture that is prevalent today. It’s globally minded covering creators in industrial design, architecture, fashion, interior design, photography and the culinary world. The inaugural issue includes Nendo from Japan, Wrenchmonkees from Denmark, AulĂ­k Fiser Architects from Czech Republic, Feit shoes from Australia and many others. To align itself to the standard of these remarkable and talented designers, MADE Quarterly invested in the production quality using premium paper stock and printing techniques. The 96 page quarterly is now available directly through their site.

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No Layout

By Tom Ran

Published: September 25, 2012 under Publishing

No Layout Store

Photo: No Layout

The NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter will be held at PS1 this weekend. Now in its seventh year, the fair continues to grow in recognition and interest, which is great news for independent publishers. Limited run magazines have seen a wider audience as fairs, bookshops and the web are supporting these endeavors. One such support comes from No Layout, a site that archives independent art books and magazines. Since 2010, the site has been building an audience and giving them an opportunity to see, in its entirety, early and out of print issues of Fantastic Man, Vogue, and numerous pint-sized periodicals that you probably have never heard of. No Layout is now expanding by opening a shop. Nine publications including Nieves and Sup Magazine are included while other independent publishers are encouraged to sign up. Visit the site to flip through the pages of Fantastic Man #1 or pick up a copy of Michael Leon’s book from Nieves.

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City Modern

By Tom Ran

Published: September 13, 2012 under Publishing

city Modern, a new home and design magazine brought to you by New York Mag and Dwell.

Photo: city Modern

We were a bit surprised to hear when New York Magazine announced plans to launch a stand alone home and design publication based on their Design Hunting online newsletter. What did they know about the housing market that we didn’t? Were they anticipating an upswing in home purchases in the coming quarter and wanted to supply a periodical to meet this demand? Shelter publications went belly up along with the market, but now we are seeing a return, albeit a cautious one. New York is taking another step in this direction with City Modern, a new title in collaboration with Dwell. The supplemental issue came with this month’s subscription of Dwell and is in support of an event under the same name. Discussions, tours, and exhibits will fill the week long schedule to celebrate the thriving architecture and design scene in New York. If that isn’t enough, the event is part of a greater architecture and design event that spans the entire month of October called Archtober. Visit either site to see the entire schedule of events.

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Atlas Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: July 17, 2012 under Publishing

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Photo: Joan Cuenco

Publishing is entering a new phase where magazines are becoming more like books. They hold premium price points, averaging $15-$20 per issue. The printing is better, the photographs are artistic, and they, for one reason or another, stay on your shelf longer. Suprisingly it’s independent publishing that is setting this standard. Atlas Quarterly is reinforcing this trend when they launched it’s first issue in March. With help from Kickstarter, the quarterly was able to produce their inaugural issue of 1000 copies. Based on the subject of American craft and curio, issue one profiles, Heath Ceramics, Stumptown Coffee, and Mast Brothers Chocolate. The founders Laura Palmer and Jenna Yankun have chosen to produce their magazine through traditional means. Photographs are shot on film, rather than digitally and the printer and binder they used are two family run businesses based in a small town in Massachusetts, near where they grew up. To reinforce the tactile sense, each issue comes with a curio. The inaugural issue includes a page from a 1957 atlas, the impetus for the magazine. Atlas Quarterly is available at limited stockist or directly through their site.

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Whole Larder Love Book

By Tom Ran

Published: July 11, 2012 under Publishing

Sample spread from <i>Whole Larder Love</i>

Photo: powerHouse Books

Living off the land is a romantic notion that is just that for most of us. But for Rohan Anderson it’s a reality and a mission. He lives in a rural town just outside of Ballarat, Australia, an ideal setting to document his culinary adventures of hunting, foraging, planting, gathering and rustic cooking. We first discovered his site Whole Larder Love through Foster Huntington’s project The Burning House and just like Huntington, Anderson’s site will get a book treatment coming this fall. Whole Larder Love will take you from field to table providing recipes, gardening techniques and best practices on hunting and trapping. It’s a unique perspective on a cookbook coming from a person that has done it all on his own. Whole Larder Love will be out this November through powerHouse Books.

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B Magazine

By Tom Ran

Published: June 29, 2012 under Publishing

B magazine issue 03 with Snow Peak.

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Branded content is more synonymous with video rather than editorial, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t exist. A new model has emerged in a magazine format coming from South Korea. B is an ad-free monthly publication on the documentation of a singular brand. Each month they visit a company to uncover its history, factory / office culture, marketing campaigns, and customer base. It may sound like an annual report or an audit rather than a story driven magazine but their approach is a stylish one. It becomes clear that the publishers behind B is a creative agency. JOH & Company diligently selects each brand and approaches it with its own perspective, as an outsider looking in rather than one that is internally broadcasting. Each issue is accompanied with a short film that functions as a trailer or a behind the scenes look. They’re currently on their seventh issue with past issues that include companies like Snow Peak, New Balance, Lamy, Freitag and others. It will be interesting to see if this style of editorial will find its way to the U.S. Thanks Chris for the lead.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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