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The Kinfolk Table

By mag nation | December 13th, 2013

Kinfolk is a publication that has rapidly built a cult following of readers who share the mag’s outlook on finding the time to take pleasure in the simple things: great company and uncontrived, yet delicious, food.

With the runaway success of Kinfolk in mind, we were super excited when their first cookbook, The Kinfolk Table, arrived on our doorstep late last week. Described as “one-third cookbook, one-third narrative tale and one-third international adventure,” The Kinfolk Table is the bible on which to base your next small gathering. The book features 85 delectable recipes, each accompanied by the gorgeous photography and design that readers have come to expect from the Kinfolk team.

In the words of Australia’s favourite purveyor of steak knives: “but wait, there’s more!” The Kinfolk Table combines these scrumptious recipes with ideas and inspiration from members of an international community of chefs, home cooks, designers, bloggers and photographers, all crammed into just shy of 400 pages. By placing its emphasis firmly on the relationships that are sustained by sharing a meal with family and friends, The Kinfolk Table promotes a brand of entertaining that is comfortable, simple, slow and meaningful.

Featuring dishes from all over the globe – with particular focus on Brooklyn, Portland, Copenhagen and the English countryside – The Kinfolk Table provides treats for all levels of culinary creators, with recipes spanning the spectrum from yoghurt and honey filled cantaloupe halves (easy!) to ginger ice cream with kumquat compote (get in my mouth, now).

Take a peek inside the pages of The Kinfolk Table below, swing by one of our stores to get your hands on a copy or grab one online.

 

 

 

Ten Years of Monster Children – The Book

By mag nation | October 30th, 2013

Ten Years of Monster Children celebrates a decade of print publishing from Australia’s gnarliest skate/art/urban/culture title and self-proclaimed “best magazine in the world.”

A limited-edition deluxe hardcover, Ten Years of Monster Children compiles the best stories, interviews, photos and articles featured in Monster Children since issue one was released way back in 2003.

Ten Years of Monster Children is also packed with fresh content, including catch-up interviews with many of the remarkable individuals who have previously graced the pages of the mag, the history of Monster Children through the eyes of its founders and interviews with past and present contributors.

The book clocks in at 295 pages and comes bundled with a poster and stickers, making it a supremely collectible addition to your coffee table. The gang at Monster Children have, with their signature level of modesty, labeled the compendium “the best thing we did ever.” We’re not going to argue with them on that one.

Ten Years of Monster Children, the Monster Children 2013 Photo Annual and magazine are all available for purchase in store and online

 

Frankie 2014 Diary & Calendar in stores now!

By mag nation | October 17th, 2013

Now entering its ninth year of publication, Frankie magazine was co-founded back in 2004 by Louise Bannister and Lara Banks, two friends with shared interests in op-shopping and tea sipping. Disillusioned with the state of mainstream fashion mags, Louise and Lara set out to create a publication that spoke directly and honestly to their interests, hobbies and experiences with a playful do-it-yourself attitude.

Louise and Lara’s friend Jo Walker joined the Frankie team as Editor in 2008 and the title’s popularity continued to expand to the point where it was crowned both Magazine of the Year and Fashion Magazine of the Year at the 2012 Australian Magazine awards, beating out glossy giants including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in the process.

Frankie Press, an imprint of local publishing group Morrison Media, has expanded to publish two cookbooks, a book of gift wrap, the wildly successful Spaces (a one-off interior design title) and Smith Journal, Frankie’s masculine counterpart that has captivated readers with its discerning approach to all things manly. Frankie magazine itself remains hands-down the bestselling title at mag nation and has gained global acclaim…not bad for a publication with such humble beginnings.

October is a very special time of year for Frankiephiles, as it sees the release of the Frankie Diary and Frankie Calendar, each featuring a year’s worth of original images. The 2014 Frankie Calendar contains prints from Beci Orpin, Emily Martin, Ana Albero, Jen Corace, Amanda Blake and others whilst the 2014 Frankie Diary features floral illustrations by Sara Hingle and comes bundled with organisational tools including postcards, tear-out shopping lists, stickers and a handy storage pocket. Every year these products sell out in a flash and inevitably resurface on eBay with uber-inflated price tags. Both the diary and calendar are available in our stores and online, so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

 

 

 




Oyster #103 – in stores now!

By mag nation | September 16th, 2013

Published in Australia since 1994, Oyster is large-format glossy fashion biannual that is consistently filled with a brand of in-depth articles and high-calibre photography that have made it one of the most respected and anticipated local fashion mags.  Although based in Sydney, Oyster is distributed globally and also holds offices in New York and Paris, enabling their team to keep their fingers on the pulses of worldwide fashion, beauty, music and popular culture wherever it may arise.

Oyster #103 – the #HIRL (Hang Out in Real Life) issue features candid interviews with cover stars Iggy Azalea and Frank Ocean. Go beneath the cover of Oyster #103 you will find a plethora of fashion, art and culture, including exclusive shoots with home-grown stars Lara Bingle and Sophie “Hirschy” Hirschfelder, as well as pieces on Marina Abramovic, Chance The Rapper and Rick Owens.

Issue #103 of Oyster is now available in stores and online.

King Brown Issue #9

By mag nation | September 13th, 2013

Issue nine of the always anticipated (and super limited edition) creative periodical King Brown landed in our stores late last week, brimming with articles that explore the vibrant junction between the graffiti and fine art worlds with signature gusto.

King Brown delves into artists’ minds and creative environments, presenting the resulting interviews and photographs with stunning production values. Sydney-based creative collective The Hours (Beastman, Numskull and Marty Routledge) oversaw the latest issue and have curated an impressive ensemble of art from friends, collaborators and connections at home and abroad. Issue nine features interviews and folios from Israeli street artist, painter, clothing designer and Broken Fingaz crew member Unga; renowned American painter, photographer and totally gnarly pro skater Ed Templeton; Austrian muralist and illustrator Nychos, whose work combines the essence of 80s rock art with exploding anatomical diagrams; and Melbourne’s very own partners in love and art Dabs & Myla, who have spent the last four years adorning LA with their Disney-on-acid styled murals.

Mindblowing visuals aside, perhaps the most intriguing feature of King Brown is the inclusion of full-page “favourite studio items” photographs that accompany each article and present a catalog of the varied tools and paraphernalia that artists call on to inspire and create their work. As insanely collectible as ever, issue nine is packaged in a brown bag adorned by art from Unga and Ed Templeton that contains bonus goodies including a sticker designed by Dabs & Myla and a sweet collapsible stubbie holder from Ironlak, Australia’s finest purveyors of permanent markers and aerosol propelled art materials.

Explore Issue nine below (trust us, it looks even better in print), and pop by one of our stores or head to our website to grab a copy. We’ve also got a few copies of back issues five, six and seven still available for purchase in store and online.

 

 

Kinfolk Issue #9 “The Weekend Issue”

By mag nation | September 9th, 2013

After selling out of the previous edition of this much-loved title in a heartbeat we are happy to announce that Kinfolk volume nine has now found a home on our shelves. With a focus on small gatherings, entertaining at home and creating an environment where friends are united through shared experiences and tasty dishes, Kinfolk spearheads an emerging canon of titles (think Another Escape, Wilder and Cereal) that concern themselves with deriving pleasure from the simpler things in our increasingly chaotic world.

Volume nine zeroes in on on weekends and the many forms that they can take, presenting itself as a timely guide to making the most of our days off, disconnecting from the digital realm and understanding the importance of being idle: working less, resting more. With this in mind, chef and New York Times food columnist David Tanis encourages readers to find joy in not only the finished dish but also the cooking process itself, whilst Tokyo-based restaurateur Shoichiro Aiba reveals how he balances running two successful locations with raising a family, surfing and playing music.

Volume nine of Kinfolk is also flush with witty instructional pieces, including a guide to drinking during the day without losing one’s mind or dignity (…Riesling is the key apparently), survival tips for successful romantic getaways and The Weekend Workaholic Detox: a guide to ignoring emails, relaxing and rediscovering the lost art of doing nothing. Other inspiring pieces include a photo essay by James Bowden espousing the therapeutic properties of lone wolf camping, a collection of nautical themed poetry and prose, a massive range of palate pleasing recipes (crispy ham and cornmeal waffles anyone?) and an investigation into Danish “urban lounging.”

A sizable portion of the Kinfolk team may hail from the same streets of Oregon, USA satirised by Portlandia (put a bird on it!), yet the publication manages to expertly tie contributions from all over the globe into a sincere collection of insightful writing and beautiful photography that make it a must-read title for conscientious mag lovers. Take a peek inside the covers of Kinfolk volume nine below and head online or drop by one of our retail locations to get you hands on a fresh copy of this delightful quarterly publication.

 

 

 

VNA #23 – Ten Questions

By mag nation | August 19th, 2013

Small-format street art, design and graphic culture mag Very Nearly Almost, or VNA for short, has been rocking our socks off for quite some time now. Created by editor George Macdonald and art director Greg Beer “all for the love” as an after-hours side project, the mag presents a quarterly serving of eyeball gratifying visuals from both sides of the law.

Issue 23 has just dropped, spotlighting prolific NYC duo Faile’s retro-pop compositions and a collection of other US based design and graffiti art from the likes of Michael Sieben and Morning Breath as well as coverage of the scene surrounding VNA’s British base including interviews with visual artist Tom French and paste-up duo Prefab77. Issue 23 of VNA also casts its international focus on our neck of the woods with an interview with Aussie aerosol-wizard Aeon.

We recently caught up with George and Greg for a quick chat about the origins of VNA, the publication process and what they envision for the mag’s future, see what they had to say below.

 

 

1.    What is your magazine called and why?

George (GM): The magazine is called Very Nearly Almost or VNA for short. Back in 2006 when I started the magazine, I was often starting new creative ventures but never taking them very far. Very Nearly Almost is a nod to the fact that I could never see things through, plus it was apt that all the artists featured in the magazine where very nearly almost successful artists… Well it made sense at the time.

2.    What is it about?

Greg (GB): We cover everything from street art and graffiti through to illustration, low brow and fine art. We are in the process of broadening our content at the moment, while always staying true to where we have come from and our core subject matter.

GM: Yeah its always been a about creativity based around the core subject of street art. Luckily street art has no rules so it can incorporate fine art, illustration, graphic design, photography, even sculpture. So the magazine is about creative people doing something special in the world.

3.    How often is it published?

GB: Quarterly and even at that its a challenge sometimes. Distribution and stockist deadlines help to keep us on our toes and on time

4.    What inspired VNA?

GB: Originally VNA was a zine created out of boredom in my everyday life. It was an avenue to showcase the thousands of photographs I was taking of graffiti and street art in London at the time. Now we produce a quarterly magazine with our favourite artists and we do this because both Greg and myself are very passionate about art, printed material and taking an idea and seeing how far we can take it.

5.    Can you tell us about your production values?

GM: VNA started life as a B&W photocopied photo zine back in 2006 and after six issues of development which saw partial colour and full colour printing, gloss stock and even the introduction of text/interviews, I came on board and switched everything over to uncoated stock and made it perfect bound! Its been that way ever since, but we have changed the page size and the number of pages a few times since, but eventually settled on the current the 164 pages and size spec. It seems to be big enough to open up and read, yet small enough to be different and most importantly, cost effective (we get amazing yield from our paper stock). We use an uncoated stock, which I think suits the subject matter. I think it just feels right for art to be on a textured paper… Well, at least the art we are talking about.

6.    Why have you chosen to have your publication printed in England, rather than following the trend of having your magazine printed offshore?

GB: There are a few reasons really. It all started here for VNA and for me personally, I think its important to support the local business and economy wherever you are. Plus, we are in the same time zone and physically in the grand scheme of things, close to our printer, so our communication is fast and effective (useful when running over the delivery deadline and there are issues) and the delivery of magazines to our distributors and agents is only a few days from artwork approval! Advent have a really amazing pre press team as well and they have be really helpful in progressing that side of the magazines production.

7.    What can someone opening a copy of VNA expect?

GB: Hopefully an introduction to at least one artist you have never heard of before! But other than that, an insight into artists that a lot of magazines don’t really manage to achieve. We have a solid group of writers who strive to get the most out of an interview with whoever they are talking to. Its really exciting to discover new things about your favourite artists with each issue.

GM: VNA is supposed to inspire and also educate people to what artists and designers are doing all around the world. Its a snapshot of what is happening right now in street art and in contemporary “urban art”

8.    Which other magazines/publications have influenced you the most?

GB: Do you remember RUGGED by Carhartt? That was what really got me excited about publishing. I loved the breadth of content they managed to cover with each issue. I think I managed to pick up almost all the issues. Wooden Toy Magazine by Timba Smits was pretty rad back in the day. Its a shame thats no longer kickin’ about. Kingbrown constantly kills it on the artist front at the moment and the crew that produce it are super rad.

I love a good art zine as well. Something that is self published and that you can feel the time and effort that was put into it – thats what really wins me over everytime! I also have a massive soft spot for Frankie and now Smith Journal - they are just really well produced and always entertaining. Juxtapoz is great as well, and sometimes I really wonder how little old VNA can compete when Juxtapoz is monthly and so well known… but we do what we do and hopefully they like it as much as we do!?

GM: I have always loved the German magazine Lodown, every page is inspiring and different. Successfully mixing graffiti, music, skateboarding, fashion and design all in one is very impressive and the layout work by Marok is still taking it to new levels. Juxtapoz is hard to ignore… Its such a massively successful title and another huge inspiration to me personally, without Juxtapoz there would be no VNA.

9. Are there any challenges associated with monetising a publication whose subject matter, for the most part, resides on the wrong side of the law?

GM: Not really, so far so good. We do not condone any illegal activity and we are acting purely as form of documentation. With regards to the money, its all about money these days, even the hardest of the hardcore graffiti writers is cashing in on the buzz surrounding graffiti and street art. Who wouldn’t want to make money from something they love? As a publication, we are just selling a glimpse into a lifestyle and a look into what people get up to late at night.

10.  What does the future hold for VNA?

GB: Make issue 24, then 25. We have some little side projects with artists on the go and we are looking to do a little event, organised by our junior designer, for actually making it to issue 25! Other than that, its about survival and enjoying the art.

GM: who knows… VNA will continue to grow and we will push to make it a creative and inspiring read every frickin’ time.

 

Issue #23 of VNA is available for purchase in stores and online.

 

Inventory Magazine #8

By mag nation | August 15th, 2013

Established in 2009, Inventory magazine presents a biannual exploration of all things related to the exquisite tastes of Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms, including some of the finest design, craftsmanship and fashion produced by innovative brands, designers, artists and artisans.

With a focus on creative and inspiring individuals, Inventory presents an excellent balance of accomplished journalism and appealing visuals, featuring insightful reviews and stylish photographic features that never fail to tickle the fancy of dapper gents worldwide. Extended interviews, considered product and film reviews and enduring fashion editorials add an unparalleled level of depth to the magazine and have ensured that it is one of the most in-demand male-oriented fashion titles on mag nation’s shelves.

The newly arrived Spring-Summer edition is now available, featuring two alternate covers that provide a choice between portraits of Nepenthes Japan president Keizo Shimizu and photographer Mark Borthwick, both of whom are interviewed in great detail within the mag’s pages. The new edition of Inventory also contains a photographic feature from James Pearson-Howes, an insightful interview with publisher Gottlund Verlag’s owner Nicholas Gottlund and a series of left-of-centre fashion features, all printed on deluxe matte paper.

Inventory presents a striking compilation of style, journalism and culture and we would really, really recommend that any mag aficionados out there check out the latest issue as soon as they get a chance. Don’t believe us? Take a peek inside the latest issue below.

 

 

The Spring-Summer edition of Inventory is now available in-store and online.

Underscore

By mag nation | August 9th, 2013

Late last week were lucky to receive a shipment of back issues from our friends at Underscore, an award-winning independent title produced in Singapore under the watchful eyes of editor-in-chief Justin Long and creative director Jerry Goh. Each issue of Underscore represents a brilliantly formed print-package based around a central theme designed to underline simple values that are often neglected in our everyday lives. Issues are divided into several thematic chapters and each article is accompanied by a recommended musical track from a playlist designed to enrich the reading experience (they’ve selected some killer tunes in there too!). Sadly issue one is long gone, but we have managed to get our hands on copies of the ultra-rare issue two as well as editions three and four. Each issue clocks in at around 150 pages of quality original content.

 

The epigraph at the beginning of “Issue Two: The Constant Issue” informs us that “it is with awareness that impermanence is an inevitable constant that one chooses how to live” and that lively possibilities emerge only once we accept that “nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished.” The issue features stunning illustrations of entomologically disturbed (radiation-affected) bugs and beetles by scientific artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger in addition to some far cheerier images from New York’s Coney Island and a look at the process of affinage (the aging of cheese).

 

“Issue Three: The Fight Issue” is dedicated to Japanese creatives and their responses to the 2011 Tohuku earthquake. Framed by the hope-instilling statement that “to fight is to struggle, endue, withstand, persevere against all odds,” this edition features photographic studies from Taisuke Koyama, whose macro images provide an intriguing representation of the effects of the 9.0M richter earthquake, and Darren Onyskiw, who presents a beautiful representation of the snow covered mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Issue Three also contains a fascinating look at how Japan’s homeless “box-men” fight poverty with impermanent structures.

 

“Issue Four: The Flight Issue” responds to the material presented in“The Fight Issue,” by encouraging us to “Take flight/Take respite/Take no prisoners” and seek a keener sense of self-awareness away from the static of our daily routines,stepping outside of our comfort zones and examining things with “unbiased/unafraid/unhurried” eyes. The issue includes a playful pop-out cardboard aeroplane kit designed by Jaime Hayon, a collection of etherial images of fireflies captured by TsuenakiHiramatsu and a stirring
reflective piece that likens surfing to jazz, where the pulse of the ocean provides the backdrop against which a surfer “solos.” All three issues of Underscore get mag nation’s massive rubber stamp of approval and likely won’t be around for too long with only a very limited number of copies available, so drop by one of our stores or head to our website to avoid missing out.

 

TAKE #3 – The Reportage Issue

By mag nation | August 6th, 2013

Take magazine is a stunning photographic publication from the creators of the much-loved and sadly recently deceased (but soon to be resurrected?Empty.  Issue 3 has just landed in our stores, featuring 116 pages of full colour images produced in collaboration with the Reportage Festival of Photography, a celebration of the world’s best documentary photographers that recently appeared as part of Sydney’s 2013 Vivid ideas exchange.

The new edition of Take features a selection of portfolios of photojournalism and conflict photography from nineteen amazingly talented feature artists. There’s some pretty heavy stuff in here and whilst many of the images are highly confronting and not for the faint-hearted they do provide an invaluable window into war-torn areas that most of us are unlikely to ever set foot in.

Issue 3 contains Adam Ferguson’s investigation of post-war Iraq -  “a country neither at war nor peace,” Alex Webb’s colourful portraits from Haiti, David Burnett’s images from the 1978 Iranian revolution, Finbarr O’Reilly’s shots of the results of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Raphaela Rosella’s study of teenage pregnancy here in Australia, Simona Ghizzoni’s heartbreaking photographs from the Occupied Palestinian Territories and many more breathtaking images.

Presented in a glossy not-quite-A4 sized landscape format, Take is an impressive print object that is destined for an enduring spot on your coffee table or bookshelf.  Have a look at some of the visceral images from Take issue 3 below and drop in to one of our stores or head to our website to get your hands on a copy.