People often ask me where I find my inspiration. The answer to that question is obviously not a simple one. I find inspiration all over – from my bike rides through the city, my travels around the world, from walks on the beach and in the woods as well as from Instagram, the internet, music, movies, press releases and last but not least from newspapers, books and magazines. And that last one, is what we are diving into today.
I love magazines. I am an old school journalist. Writing was all I wanted to do growing up. My first “real” skilled job was at a big national newspaper. My words got printed on paper every night and by the time I woke up in the morning I could collect my copy in the mailbox and read it over coffee. That was it. My love of paper was sealed for life. I L-O-V-E the smell of a freshly printed newspaper. The internet has most certainly changed the way we use media, but as much as I love the constant flow of information and inspiration online, there is just something so amazing about sitting down with something tangible and a cup of coffee. Somehow the world slows down and the words take over.
Today I want to introduce you to some of my favourite magazines. Some are made in Denmark, som a made abroad. Some I love mainly because of the aesthetics, some I love because of the journalism.
Cereal Magazine is one of my absolute favourite things in the world. It’s a travel and style magazine and it’s so aesthetically beautiful that I can literally hear my heart sigh with content, when I flip it open. Seriously. The graphic work is phenomenal. The British magazine is published twice a year and divided into city-specific chapters. Each chapter comprises features on places, people and products, paired with beautiful photography. An interlude section, included in every volume, features a selection of style and culture articles.
Volume 10 is out now featuring Northern California, Antwerp and Panama City – check it out here. Be warned; if you’re anything like me, this is an addiction that will be hard to kick.
Kinfolk is a slow lifestyle magazine that explores ways to simplify life, cultivate community and spend more time with friends and family. It celebrates the little moments and the tangible things in life. I love the articles and the Kinfolk universe so much. The magazine is published four times a year – one for every season and has been helping creatives slow down since 2011. Founded in Portland Oregon, the founder and editor in chief Nathan Williams recently moved the headquarters to Copenhagen. I met the staff earlier this week at a book launch and I for one bid all the good people from Kinfolk a big and warmhearted welcome to my neck of the woods!
Issue 17 entitled The Family Issue is out now. It explores the relationships we have with our nearest and dearest, in all of their iterations, asking big questions like: How is photography changing the way we construct our family narratives? Should we feel guilty about speaking to our barista more than our sister? And did our parents actually have any idea what they were doing? Our concept of family is deeply personal and forever evolving. No matter what kind of family we come from or the type of family we want to create ourselves, there’s no longer a universal concept of “normal.” There’s no ubiquitous manual to consult, rules to follow or boxes to check. Well, maybe just a few: love, understanding, empathy and support. And perhaps a little patience. Check out a few stories here.
Oak The Nordic Journal
Oak The Nordic Journal is a Danish magazine in English all about Nordic culture, food and design with a focus on the lifestyle and the people involved, presenting a mix of design, lifestyle, experiential travel writing, food stories, and notable Nordic figures. It comes out twice a year and was founded in 2013. Oak experiments with new formats and ways to arrange pictures. It’s very pleasing on the eye and the long reads forces the reader to slow down, take time and turn the pages. I love the aesthetics and the dwelling on all good things Nordic.
Volume 4 is out with a feature about Nina Persson, the lead singer of The Cardigans, a journey to the Arctic region where polar bears roam in the streets, and to the northernmost part of volcanic Iceland, where a group of young artists challenge society’s common understanding of art, capitalism and human commitment and a fascinating insight into the artistic work of six Danish elite chefs.
Wallpaper* writes about architecture, design, art, travel, fashion and lifestyle. With 12 themed issues a year, a limited-edition cover by a different artist or designer each month (one for subscribers and one for the news stands), this is a style bible for design lovers everywhere with lots of great stories and thorough journalism.
The upcoming November issue is actually the 200th issue of Wallpaper*! The magazine celebrates by ranking the 100 most powerful designers according to market value, quality and quantity of output and reputational shift. Here’s a little peep into the big celebratory issue.
So what’s your favourite magazines? Leave a comment below. Happy reading and Sunday, guys x
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