Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Tot onze ontzetting zijn bij de vliegramp van Malaysia Airlines onze gewaardeerde oud-collega Theo Kamsma en zijn gezin omgekomen. 

Onze gedachten gaan uit naar familie en vrienden,
wij wensen hen veel kracht en sterkte bij dit zware verlies.

Personeel Athenaeum Boekhandel en Nieuwscentrum.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

interview with Alec Dudson from INTERN

INTERN's second issue looks fresh and continues with covering internships and interns. We talked to editor-in-chief Alec Dudson about his magazine and his own internships. 

Where are you based?

Manchester, United Kingdom

Why did you start a magazine about internships?

Having worked two internships with Domus and Boat Magazine over the course of 9 months, I found that I was no closer to securing a paid, full-time position with a magazine. As my time at Boat was drawing to a close, I knew I had to plan my next move and it was only then that I considered starting my own publication, initially as a means of staying in the industry. The more I played with concepts, the more I returned to the idea of a magazine for and by interns. After pitching it to Davey and Erin Spens (the husband & wife team behind Boat) and Chris Vickers (now of our designers - She Was Only) I decided that the idea was worth developing. Fortunately, people have responded really positively to the direction I've gone with it.

What is your take on internships, do you think it is exploiting talented people or is it a great opportunity for both parties?

The situation isn't as black and white as that, I suppose that's why the magazine exists, to explore the grey area in between those two scenarios. My personal opinion on interships and the magazine's stance are two very different things - I have to make that distinction before I answer. The magazine takes a completely neutral stance and looks to present a balanced variety of perspectives issue by issue so that readers can come to their own opinion on the subject. Personally, I would like to see an end to unpaid internships as they undermine any chance of there being a level playing field for people trying to break into any given industry. Sadly, many of those unpaid "internships" aren't internships at all, they're just unpaid or underpaid labour arrangements. Internships can be fantastic, enriching learning opportunities but that depends a lot on the "employer" and of course the "intern".

Which internship was the most profitable for you?

They were both very, very useful to me. I made friends for life during each and those people have gone on to be of great help in a variety of ways with Intern. In terms of being financially profitable, Domus was paid (although I had to wait nearly a year for the money). Boat, while unpaid, was hugely responsible for me having the confidence and just about enough know-how to set up on my own. The trust and opportunity that all of the team gave me there allowed me to see a bi-annual independent magazine go all the way from initial concept to final product hitting the shelves. I wouldn't have had a clue where to start without that experience. I wouldn't have met the people that have been so such a huge help along the way either.

What was the biggest challenge making the second issue?

For me, I felt that we had to prove that the concept had legs. The content couldn't be repetitive, we had to evolve a little, without abandoning our principles or the elements that people seemed to really react to first time round. As I mentioned before, perspective is of central importance to the publication and my efforts were concentrated this time around on ensuring that we offered some fresh perspectives. I want to reward our returning readers with some new ideas, inspiration and intrigue. I have always hoped that Intern could be more than just a luxury item, that it could also be a resource. Something that a recent graduate or student could check out and as a result, find the process of finding a job a little easier. The variety of content should facilitate that and provide folk with a slightly idea of the lie of the land, which can only be of assistance as far as I can tell.

What are your favourite magazines?

I still love Boat, it's such a great approach to a travel magazine. It's honest and a perfect reflection of the people who make it, that makes it phenomenally endearing and personal. Another Escape is a favourite too. Rachel from AE and I briefly overlapped when interning at Boat and I feel like the three publications are our little magazine family, I pick up every copy of both. Other than that I always rush to buy the latest Apartamento and Purple both are fascinating and beautiful in equal measure.

Why do you publish a printed magazine instead of publishing online?

I'm a big believer in the power of print. Sure, financially it doesn't make much sense, but this last two years or so have seen a huge rise in the number of quality independent magazines out there. It's still a far more niche market than it used to be but it seems like at the moment, the upshot is that many mags are works of art. So much love and attention to detail goes into each issue that they have tremendous value as artefacts. They're beautiful, tactile objects that look, feel and smell great. Because it's such a challenge and financial investment to make them, the quality of the editorial keeps going up as well. People are used to getting so much information and visual stimulus for free online that as a print mag publisher you really have to push the boat out to catch their eye. I think that a lot of indie mag publishers out there at the moment really get that and as such, we as readers are enjoying a truly inspiring range of high quality indie magazines. It's a real thrill to be part of that.

 The first issue of Intern is still available.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MOUSSE #44: a look inside

Contemporary art magazine MOUSSE is published every two months on big size offset, bilingual in English and Italian. Interviews, reviews and essays.
This 44th issue has an insert, The Artist as Curator:
'It is a serial publication that examines a profoundly influential but still understudied phenomenon, a history that has yet to be written: the fundamental role that artists have played as curators. Taking the ontologically ambiguous thing we called “the exhibition” as a critical medium, artists have often in the process radically rethought the conventional form of the exhibition as such. This project is about precisely those exhibitions.
Two essays will appear in a loose booklet in each edition of Mousse over two years, before being published in book form at the end. Collectively, they will address twenty seminal artist-curated exhibitions, spanning a period from the postwar to the present.
The series is conceived and edited by Elena Filipovic, published by Mousse, and generously supported by an engaged group of art institutions and foundations that have made possible the research and production of the series.'
We made a flip-through video:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

KENZINE vol. 2: Toilet Paper Magazine vs. Kenzo

You can't hide your love forever and in the case of TOILET PAPER MAGAZINE Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum never hides it's love. We love Toilet Paper.
Created by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, Toilet Paper is a steady title in the store cherished by many. Colourful and funny, harsh, disturbing and smart. We talked to these guys some time ago.

They teamed up with the fashion brand KENZO to make a new zine, in style with Toilet Paper, using Kenzo's design as a reference. The first volume came in the store and went out of the store with the same speed. It was limited to 1500 numbered copies.
This second volume is again a blast and is limited to 2000 numbered copies. It's very expensive.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


In the summer issue of THE PARIS REVIEW a very good and large interview with poet Henri Cole about writing, living in Japan, honesty in poems, his book The Visible Man and how his work developed.
After the interview three of his poems.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

interview with Rosa Park from CEREAL

CEREAL is a popular magazine in the store since the first issue came in. Calm, minimalistic design and interesting features on travel and food. Issue six just came out. We had some questions for editor in chief Rosa Park. 

When the first issue of Cereal came out, it seemed that it immediately found an audience that is still growing. Did you expect this?

At the risk of sounding trite, no, it was completely unexpected. I went with a very small initial print run due to this fear! The fear that what we have created may not find its audience right away. Fortunately, we sold out of our first print run in a month, which gave us the confidence to do a reprint of Volume 1, and have since been growing our circulation.

What do you think has changed since the first issue?

Everything and nothing. I say everything has changed because I have learned so much the past year and a half about the industry, how to run a business, what to expect from myself and my team, and this has influenced my perspective and how I approach my work. Having said that, it also feels as though nothing has changed, because our goals are still very much the same: to create a wonderful, quality product that our readers want to read and keep.

You are based in Bristol, UK, can you tell us something about the magazine scene there?

We are based in the South West of England - moving back and forth between Bristol and Bath - and it’s a wonderful place. I would say Bristol has more of a young, creative buzz, which is why our office is now based here. Certain cities just have that feeling - the entrepreneurial spirit and creative energy, and Bristol is one of them. As such, there is a booming magazine scene. Lots of independent titles exist in this area and new ones are launching regularly. It’s an exciting time.

Do you feel part of it?

I do and I don’t. I feel that we are a part of the new wave of independent titles by the nature and structure of our business, as well as our timeline. Conversely, my team and I are constantly travelling - as we are a travel magazine! - so I am actually not physically in Bristol for very long. I work around the clock and spend 99% of my time with my core team so I feel as though we live in a weird bubble that is Cereal land!

Which magazines do you read at the moment? Do you read a lot of new titles?

I read a lot of magazines. Too many perhaps? Haha. I actually read a lot of established, mainstream magazines such as Wired, National Geographic, TIME, World of Interiors and so on and so forth. New titles I read include Inventory, Smith Journal and Milk Deco. The one magazine I subscribe to is Monocle, it’s my favourite publication.

What are your future plans for Cereal?

We will continue to create our travel & lifestyle magazine, though some exciting developments are being made to its format and structure in the coming months! We will also begin printing our city guides, starting from the end of this summer. We are launching some great collaborative products for the winter season, and will be formally announcing the launch of our agency early next year.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A stack of fresh magazines

  FricĂ´te, Hole & Corner, Sepp, Printed Pages, Cut, Another Escape, Dansk, Zoo, Brownbook, Rabona, This is Belgium, Pie Paper, The Butter Space, Four and Sons, Clash, Neptun, Subway, Milk Decoration, WTD.

to be found in our shop

Friday, July 4, 2014

HOLE & CORNER #3 Why experience is the best teacher

The love of materials, skills, crafts and living heritage splashes of each page, and a lot of articles are about passing on skills and traditions to the next generation. The focus is this time on experience; The best way to learn is to do!
Faye Toogood and her new collection of furniture, the phenomenal weaving studio of Dovecot in Edinburgh, the always inspiring Charleston House of the Bloomsbury collective and the surrounding garden, stained glass designer Tom Denny and his quest for perfection, Amy Pliszka and her beehives from pleated fabric.

The carefully crafted stories and interviews are worth reading and go pretty deep on each subject. In addition, there is a lot to see: photography and design are high level, the format is separate and very attractive layout.

€ 15.50

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

interview with Markus Hofko from PIE PAPER

PIE PAPER comes from New Zealand and is edited by Markus Hofko and Simon Oosterdijk. We just started stocking it. We have the previous issue called "Failure" and the new issue, which is their FOOD Issue. 
Pie Paper is really something else, printed in black and white with smaller coloured inserts, it gathers an eclectic mix of stories and images around a theme. It's the kind of magazine that is so full that you keep coming back to it to discover something new. 
We had a few questions for editor Markus Hofko and made two flip through video's to show you the inside a bit more.

How would you describe your magazine? And what influenced you to start it?

We have both been working as designers in the advertising field for quite a while and were heavily struggling with the narrowminded perception of the world which is mostly based around target groups and marketing plans. We wanted to break out of this routine and create something that would broaden our and the reader’s horizon, something that would merge disciplines, something time-less and non-trendy.

We see Pie as a theme-based research exercise in which no boundaries exist, no rules, no manifesto, no plan.

You are from New Zealand, we don’t get to taste many independent magazines from there. Is there a scene?

Apparently New Zealand has the largest number of magazine readers per capita in the world. Most of it is very mainstream though. Lifestyle, sports, fashion and fashion. But there is also a strong underground publishing scene. Most of it is artist publications. As Pie we don’t feel so much as part of a ‘scene’ here because of our non-specialized eclecticism.

Do you print the magazine yourself? What kind of printer do you use?

Our recent issue FOOD we did partly print ourselves on a Risograph. The color inserts and covers are printed offset and everything was manually collated by us afterwards.

The issues are based around one theme. How do you compile all this content and when do you think an issue is finished?

Good question. We start out very loosely by just throwing ideas around and doing a quick initial research into diverse topics. Over time we would end up with a long list of potential topics. A collective of collaborators will pick from this list and start their own investigation. Step by step some stories would grow. Some would turn out too complex and be dropped, others would suddenly open up doors to even more interesting subjects. Usually it takes us around one year to get to a point where we are happy with the selection. At the moment Pie is still more of a side project so we can’t dedicate a continuos period of time to it. But we are planning to have more frequent releases in the near future.

For the last issue you chose food as a topic, why?

After the two previous more ambiguous themes 'Failure’ and ‘Trace’ we felt like it was time for something more grounded. Something mundane and banal that could still reveal new ideas and forgotten legends.

Which magazines do you read?

More the informative type: Colors, Cabinet, Abstrakt, Wired, New Scientist

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 (Magpile.com): 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 (Magpile.com): 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.