Picking mono.kultur as magazine of the week may seem a little predictable, it’s been selected before and I’ve written and spoken about the magazine plenty of times here and elsewhere. But even by its own high standards, this new issue is very strong.
1 Granary is a celebration of London’s Central Saint Martins art school, a large-format perfect-bound collection of 194 pages that brings to life the past and present of the school as it settles into its new home at 1 Granary Place in Kings Cross. It’s a massively ambitious project that succeeds despite some obvious flaws.
It’s all a bit busy here at magCulture, but I’m excited to share this week’s Magazine of the Week. ‘Football-Fashion Magazine’ Sepp is a long-term favourite, and this latest issue arrives in celebration of the recent Confederations Cup in Brazil. As usual, the mix of footballers and models is overseen by fashion guru Godfrey Deeny, but with the return of art director Mirko Borsche this is a particularly strong issue. Regulars such as a round-up of young models from competing countries and Karl Lagerfeld’s drawings of footballers mingle with reportage from the stadia and beach.
The difference design can make! When I reviewed Mid Century last year the gist of the post was great content, shame about the design (sadly that review is one of the victims of the hack earlier this year). Now issue five is here sporting a brand new look from Esterson Associates, and the layout and art direction have been properly resolved. Read the rest of this entry
Dan and Mark, the guys behind Noble Rot, came to our last Printout evening and showed me a copy of their first issue. I like my wine, so a new independent wine magazine was always going to attract my attention, but this really stuck with me. The magazine was flawed – the design needed work – but it had some great editorial ideas (ever wanted advice on what wine to sip while listening to Kraftwerk?) So when issue two arrived sporting a reworked layout I took some copies to sell at the Monocle Summer Fayre and it was a sell-out. And rightly so – Noble Rot avoids the clichés of most wine writing and makes this most snob-laden subject lively and interesting.
‘Place’ has been a healthy starting point for a good few magCulture favourites. From Karen’s close-up stories built on her local friends and community to Boat’s wandering production studio, location is a strong source of character and identity. Emphasising the relationship with their surroundings can be the catalyst to explore and develop that editorial character. Berlins’s Der Wedding does so in an even more formal manner; named after one of the poorer, immigrant-populated districts of the city, it started life recording life in that specific area before latterly looking more broadly at everyday life in the city of Berlin. But if Boat deals with an entire city each issue, and Der Wedding takes on an area or theme of Berlin, new launch Flaneur zeroes in even more tightly. It is strictly one street per issue.
This is the third issue of London-based LAW, but the first I’ve seen and I’m already excited to see the first two issues. The limited edition (x500) magazine is edited by John Holt, who describes it as being ‘for those who can appreciate and relate to the stylistic value of real everyday Britain.’
Two things make a good magazine – presentation and content. Many magazine will be good at one or the other, the best combine the two elements. Perdiz is one such magazine. Its second issue has just landed, promising further proof that ‘Happiness is Contagious’.