Following last week’s Buyer’s Guide: 10 Bicycle Accessories Curated by Brick Lane Bikes, we reached out to our friends over at Berlin’s best magazine store, Do You Read Me?!, to pick their brains. Many magazine buyers return to the same ones as loyal readers – or because they’re tied to a subscription for the full year – and with such a wealth of publications out there, it’s easy to miss out on some of the younger, more niche ones. That’s where we’re going to help you out.
Do You Read Me?! have compiled a list of 10 of their favorite magazines, from football to erotic photography, and a whole bunch in between so you can find yourself a new magazine you might otherwise have overlooked. All of the publications featured are available from Do You Read Me?!, here, who offer handpicked packages and flexible subscriptions for even the most reluctant of commitment-phobes.
Garagisme is a biannual and bilingual (French/English) magazine on car culture. Very unique in its approach to the topic, it’s not just a magazine about cars but definitely a magazine made by car lovers. Garagisme is all about artists and their very personal relationships to motorized vehicles – and there is more to talk about than we might have thought! The current issue features interviews with professor Stephen Bayley, musician Frank Ocean, artists Baron Margo and Matthew Day Jackson, texts and photography by Tania Feghali, amongst others. You can order it here.
Dust is a biannual fashion magazine based in Berlin and London dedicated to the subject of youth and its self-definition in times of crisis. Dust builds up an aesthetic that is somewhat different, undermining coolness, trendiness and the mainstream. The focus lies on issues touching on philosophy, science, religion, and art with a fine balance between text and photography that is critical and personal. The current “Out-Out” issue features an interview and photos with artist Marina Abramovic, extracts from Travis Jeppesen’s novel The Suiciders and artworks by Chad Wys. Buy it now here.
Pin-Up, a biannual U.S. magazine, calls itself a magazine for architectural entertainment, and that’s exactly what it is: an interesting and fun read also suitable for non-architects, accompanied by lots of great photography and set in unusual typography. Pin-Up covers architectural issues of all sorts but cuts out meticulous descriptions of technical details. The current issue has a special focus on Brazil featuring Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Rolu, Delfina Delettrez, Hans Kollhoff with contributions by Wolfgang Tillmans, Isay Weinfeld and Sarah Morris. You can order it from Do You Read Me?! themselves, who deliver internationally.
MOOD is a quarterly magazine from Belgium dedicated to food and music. Its makers are in favor of having good meals along with listening to great music. They want to share this love by bringing together and interviewing people from both backgrounds, offering great recipes and tips for places to eat. All this is accompanied by a load of tasty images. The second issue has a special section on the city of Ghent, summer cocktails and slices of bread with all sorts of goodies in between. Order Issue 2 and past issues here.
Bauhaus is the bilingual magazine of the Bauhaus Dessau foundation and appears twice a year under the same name as the original magazine first published in 1926. The magazine reports on the foundations’ activities and looks at current design issues with the original Bauhaus ideas in mind. The current issue, “Tropics,” is particularly fascinating with articles on the, perhaps little known, activities and influences of Bauhaus members in non-Western contexts. With features on Stölzl and Breuer getting inspiration from African thrones, on the bungalows’ first appearance as a Bengali peasant hut, Arieh Sharon’s university campus in Ife and so much more. And not to forget: the magazine is filled with a beautiful mix of contemporary and historical photos alike. You can order it online here.
Works That Work
Works That Work is a biannual magazine from the Netherlands that has just released its second issue. The magazine’s focus lies on design or perhaps more accurately, creativity. The projects presented are packed in well-written stories that raise our curiosity. They are collected from all over the world and often don’t fit in the box of common perceptions of design. In this issue, on the once-planned tunnel from Czechoslovakia to then Yugoslavia, the largest man-made forest in the world, and a building in Hong Kong that has a major impact on trade all over Africa and Asia. Sneak a peek at the issue and get hold of a copy on their website.
Dear. is a bilingual (Korean/English) magazine that appears quarterly and comes from Seoul. Dear. is about the background and the making of fashion with a strong local Korean focus, tracing small workshops and smaller businesses where a lot of accumulated knowledge and skill is conserved and passed on by a small number of people, keeping strongholds against the globalized fashion industry and its inhumane work conditions. The current issue is about the uniform, when and where it was worn, what kind of ideas stand behind it, and of course by whom and how it is produced. Here’s a list of where you can get your hands on Dear., including, of course, Do You Read Me?!
The Green Soccer Journal
The Green Soccer Journal appears irregularly, mostly on occasion of the championships and is, unsurprisingly, made in the UK. The title sticks out from common football magazines for many reasons: it is packed with amazing photography on fashion, portraiture and all-things football shot by talented photographers. It contains extensive essays about and interviews with players, managers and teams, and is altogether made with so much passion and style that not only football fans will appreciate it. Order yourself Issue V here.
Odiseo is a cultural magazine from Folch Studio in Spain with a focus on erotic photography. Although it might be the erotic part that attracts your attention at first, Odiseo also contains critical texts on philosophical and cultural issues as well as artists’ portraits, all put into a small, compact format in hardcover. The current, second issue features self-portraits by Lina Sheynius, a series of photographs by Jo Schwab, critical thoughts on hipsterism by Eugenia Lapteva, and an essay on particle collisions and cultural black holes by Timo Mashiyi-Veikkola. Get yourself a copy ordered here.
Pie Paper is a magazine from New Zealand that dedicates each issue to one different topic or idea. The topic of the current issue is failure, for which the makers have compiled an astonishing amount of examples in text and image. This small booklet actually is a small cultural history of the phenomenon of failure. Examples range from Aether and how it used to be held for the carrier of light in the universe, to the Global Underground metro system connecting cities worldwide which Kippenberger imagined and started to build entrances for. You can purchase the publication on their website.