Thursday, August 20, 2015

FATHERS QUARTERLY #2


Fathers Quarterly #2 – veel ‘hippe’ bladen richten zich, hoewel het hele leven belicht wordt, toch vaak op vrouwen. Dit blad is voor mannen, en dan speciaal nog vaders. Had het vorige nummer een beeldige vader met een slapend kind op zijn schouder als coverfoto, dit tweede issue laat een vader en een zoon in een van takken zelfgemaakte tent zien. Vader prutst met iets of laat iets zien, zoon is vol aandacht en reikt ernaar. Dat raakt precies de kern van dit blad. Vaders zijn leuk, ambitieus, hebben vrienden en een fijn beroep. EN zijn de tofste vader die een kind in deze tijd zich kan wensen. Geen bellende of scrollende pappa die haast heeft, maar eentje die je meeneemt de natuur in. In Fathers Quarterly geen tips over hoe om te gaan met opvoedkundige zaken maar verhalen. Over vissen, het vinden van een saaie steen, de harmonie van een handgemaakte pijp, een interview met een filmmaker over zijn leven met een gehandicapte zoon, maskers en een Poolse architect die met zijn gezin op een mijncomplex woont. Dat alles verpakt in prachtige papier en dito fotografie.



Monday, August 3, 2015

Report: our evening with BENJI KNEWMAN


Last Thursday we had a great evening with Agnese Kleina, editor-in-chief of Benji Knewman, an independent magazine from Riga that only published two issues. She he told us that she sees the magazine as a place where everybody can be imperfect. There was a story about Jazeps Garancs, a 86 year old man from Riga who talks about his love life and girlfriends in the first issue and Agnese showed us some sneak previews of the upcoming third issue.


Then we did a Q&A and talked about the influence of Apartmento, Hello Mr. and The Happy Reader on the magazine, the business side of publishing independently, how the reaction to the title is in Latvia and why it's published bilingual. We found out that a large part of the people in the store were Latvian. Afterwards Agnese signed some copies of Benji Knewman. Thanks for coming over Agnese and thanks to Nikos Doulos for taking some pictures.

order Benji Knewman here

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

event with editor Agnese Kleina from BENJI KNEWMAN July 30 in Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum


Thursday July 30 at 18:30 we have a presentation in the store with editor Agnese Kleina from BENJI KNEWMAN. The magazine is just two issues old but is so unique that it was picked up immediately. Come find out what's behind this Riga based independent magazine and have a drink with us in the Newscentre, Spui 14, Amsterdam.


It’s a Latvian magazine based around an imaginary character who is listed as editor-at-large in the masthead, and whose editorial letter is written ‘early Saturday morning, after returning from a birthday party’. He really is an unwritten Wes Anderson character made not of flesh but of glossy paper and ink – ever-smiling, dreamy and adventurous. - Magculture

Sometimes half the fun of discovering a magazine is figuring out what on earth it’s all about. That’s definitely the case with the enigmatic Benji Knewman, a new title from Latvia that claims to be made by the eponymous Benji and fills its pages with personal reflections on people living endearingly normal lives. - Stack Magazines

“Hello, my name is Benjamin, but friends call me Benji,” begins the editor’s letter in the first edition of Benji Knewman, a new printed publication with the tagline “life that you can read.” Benji Knewman’s tone is so warm and inviting and tinged with the accent of its native Latvia that we can’t decide whether Benji’s a real life contributor (he’s listed as editor-at-large on the masthead) or a fictional construct created to lure us in. If it’s the former, we apologise for doubting you Benji, but if it’s the latter, it’s working marvellously. -
It's Nice That


Friday, June 19, 2015

Pulp de Luxe



On Thursday 25th of June we will host the launch of the 25th issue of Pulp de Luxe. A wayward mag for advanced creative thinkers.Online so far; the celebration of the 25th issue is the best reason for a printed edition. Curious? Welcome from 6pm. For early birds there's a chance for a signed piece of art by Rob Scholte; he will be there!



Thursday, June 18, 2015

interview with Bas van Wieringen and Anna Zwartjes from PLATFORM PLATVORM


Every now and then a magazine pops up with a strong concept and you wonder why nobody made it before. The Amsterdam based magazine PLATFORM PLATVORM is such a magazine and they have just launched their first issue. Artists send in their work which is published uncensored in one spread. There are no adjustments by the editorial team. We had a few questions for editors Bas van Wieringen and Anna Zwartjes. 

How did you come up with the concept of Platform Platvorm? And why did it turn into a printed magazine?

We came up with the idea because it was something we missed ourselves as artists. When we came up with the concept it felt so logical to us. And we were even surprised that it really didn’t exist yet. The main thought was to create a platform where artists could feel free to do whatever they wanted, to have carte blanche. Also we wanted to let the artists be able to spread and publish their work. We love print and we think it is a great carrier to present the works. It smells great and it is an experience to browse through a printed magazine. If you like a magazine you cherish it and keep it close, like a book, and flip through it once in a while.


You are both artists, what has your experience been with publishing in magazines?

The problem, we find, with being published in magazines is the fact that most of the time the editor changes your work, for example in size, order and design. Of course sometimes it also turns out real nice! And it’s always a positive thing to see your work being published/printed.
But these experiences also led us to make Platform Platvorm Magazine.

Which magazines inspired you? Which ones do you read?

We love Fukt magazine. It is beautifully printed and has great content! Secret Behavior is really surprising. Toilet Paper of course! And a lot more…
These magazines have a sort of free energy that we understand and get excited about.


What are your future plans for Platform Platvorm?

We have many plans for future issues, exhibitions and other Platform Platvorm related projects. We are very interested in working together with other initiatives and project spaces all around the world. We are completely open.

Would you consider asking a curator to select the work for an issue?

If you consider an artist to be a curator, yes.
Otherwise, no.


What is the best thing about making a magazine?

When you press the ‘send button’ to the printer, some time later a pallet arrives at your doorstep, you open a box, take out a copy and hold it in your hands for the first time. That’s amazing!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Inside The Industrie


This Magazine gives a voice to the people who work in the Fashion industry and offers an insight to those who want to work in it, or are just curious to read what goes on in the minds of those who shape this world of glamour and our silhouettes. Well its all hard work....

British fashion stylist, and fashion and style director at W Magazine, Edward Enninful, covers Industrie Magazine #8 with supermodel friend Naomi Campbell.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BOEKENNACHT & PEPPY MILLER

Last Friday we had a another swell edition of the live magazine Peppy Miller despite the challenging weather....