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Apartamento #8

By Tom Ran

Published: November 21, 2011 under Publishing

Apartamento #8

Photo: Apartamento

Speaking of Apartamento, issue number 8 is out now.

Featuring: Marcelo Krasilcic, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Beda Achermann, Faye Toogood,Rafael de Cardenas, Brian Janusiak and Elizabeth Beer, Pilar Benitez Vibart, Cosimo Bizzarri Michael Stipe, David John, Victoria Camblin, Julie Cirelli, Thea Slotover, Ben Rivers,Patrick Parrish, Athena Currey, Alexander Heminway, Makoto Orui, Valentine Fillol-Cordier Plus: everyday life kids supplement with Olaf Breuning, Phillipe Parreno, Javier Mariscal and Mike Meiré

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Wilder Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: November 18, 2011 under Publishing

Wilder Quarterly

Photo: Wilder Quarterly

The odds of running a successful and profitable magazine is stacked against you. Yet we continue to see publishing thrive despite its challenges. With a unique angle, beautiful art direction and photography, new magazines stand a better chance. Wilder Quarterly is just that. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a magazine of this caliber – Kinfolk and Apartamento come to mind. Wilder Quarterly is a horticulture magazine with an emphasis on culture. It destroys the notion of what a gardening publication is and encompasses wider and cooler topics. The inaugural issue includes a visit to Vinegar Hill House, instructions on how to build a modular cold frame, Jonathan Caouette’s Secret Garden, and much more. Wilder Quarterly is out now.

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Alexander Girard

By Tom Ran

Published: November 16, 2011 under Publishing

ALEXANDER GIRARD by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee

Photo: AMMO Books

Alexander Girard is a hero of ours. The Mid-Century Modern designer stands on the pedestals of many other great designers of that era, Eames, Nelson, and Saarinen being among them. As important as he is to American design, there has only been one notable book published on Girard, until now. Ammo, the publishing house responsible for the oversize books on Charley Harper and Wayne White is set to release a tome on a similar scale. The 672 page book measures 16″ × 12″ and weighs 15 pounds. It covers every facet of Girard’s career from textile and furniture design to typography and illustration to so much, spanning seven decades. Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham & Kiera Coffee is set for release early next month.

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It Chooses You

By Tom Ran

Published: November 15, 2011 under Publishing

<i>It Chooses You</i> store at Partners & Spade

Photo: Partners & Spade

In 2009 while struggling to complete the second screenplay to her movie, The Future, Miranda July would procrastinate by reading the classified ads in the weekly PennySaver. She found herself compelled to contact the sellers, not necessarily about the items they listed but to find out more about them, a lot more. She would interview them about their lives, their hopes, and their fears. This exercise helped July in completing her screenplay as well as her latest book, It Chooses You. In celebration of the release of the book, Miranda July is opening a store inside Partners & Spade based on the same concept. Items have been purchased from local classifieds, interviews were conducted and the items will go back on sale for the same price it was purchased for. The store’s “grand opening” will be this Thursday from 6-9pm.

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Maharam Agenda

By Tom Ran

Published: November 11, 2011 under Publishing

Maraham Agenda, cover designed by Hella Jongerius

Photo: Staff

You don’t survive four generations in business without evolving and innovating. Maharam, the 110 year old textile manufacture started as a business to business operation, selling to theaters and retail outlets for window displays. It wasn’t until 1997, when Michael and Stephen Maharam took over creative reins and the family business that consumers started to notice its line of fabrics. For the most part their clients were architects and interior designers, but partnering with well know designers from the past and present exposed Maharam to a wider audience. Maharam Agenda, a new book published by Lars Muller, covers the history and takes you inside the operations of the company. The book explores the different parts of Maharam from print and textile, to environments and exhibition. And as we are always interested in the inner workings of a successful creative company we were pleased to read about the relationship between the designers and Maharam and the evolution from inception to execution. Maharam Agenda comes in at a hefty 232 pages with a cover designed by Hella Jongerius. The book is now available through Lars Muller.

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Bad Day Issue 11

By Tom Ran

Published: August 3, 2011 under Publishing

Bad Day Issue 11 with Mike Mills

Photo: Bad Day Magazine

Though they’ve been around for some time, we only discovered Bad Day last year at Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair. Since 2007, the Toronto based publication has been consistently profiling some incredible talent. Past issues have included Sofia Coppola, Glenn O’Brien, Harmony Korine, and Ari Marcopoulos. Last week saw the release of their latest issue featuring Mike Mills and interviews with David Shrigley, Tauba Auerbach, Steven Shearer, Andrew Kuo, and others. You can preview the magazine on YouTube as well as past issues.

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FEATURES

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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Workstead

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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