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MONO.KULTUR #44 / SOUNDBITE 01

Yes. In the works: mono.kultur #44.

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: COS MAGAZINE

It feels a little strange to feature the in-house magazine of COS – itself a subsidiary of fast fashion behemoth H&M, an identity that is neatly hidden behind COS’s cozy Swedish home brand image – as alternative in print. But then again, it does very much stand out against the plethora of branded titles that are all too often little more than thinly veiled catalogues. As is COS magazine, but it is done so well that it also works as a magazine you actually enjoy reading. Which comes as no surprise when you check the masthead, sporting the team behind Fantastic Man and The Gentlewoman as the minds behind COS magazine. And indeed, it features a similar mixture of light interviews, entertaining features and curious trivia, all delivered with the same obsession for detail and that familiar signature charme that seems to come so effortlessly to them. It works rather well with COS’ beige minimalism and proves the point that branded titles can actually be intelligent, not least due to the splendid design by Veronica Ditting that even, dare we say it, surpasses her work as art director for The Gentlewoman.

MONO.PUNKT #40: TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR 2017

Unsurprisingly, autumn and book fairs go hand in hand. As temepratures drop and leaves begin to tumble, it is time to stock up on reading matter for long evenings under duvets and with cups of tea / coffee / whiskey at hand. With Berlin and New York already gone, it is now time for the Tokyo Art Book Fair, openinig tomorrow, where our friends at Utrecht will be presenting a range of current and back issues of mono.kultur. Sugoi!

Tokyo Art Book Fair
October 5 –October 8 2017

Warehouse TERRADA
2-6-10 Higashishinagawa
Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo

MONO.PUNKT #39: FRIENDS WITH BOOKS 2017

Year and again: Summer with rain. Autumn with sun. Coffee with milk. Elections with no surprises. Books with dreams. Friends with books. mono with kultur. Opening tonight, until Sunday, at the grand hall of Hamburger Bahnhof.

Friends with books
Art Book Fair Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin
22–24 September 2017

Facebook Event

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STORE OF THE MONTH: IMPORT / NEW YORK / SAN FRANCISCO

‘We thought it would be awesome if we could pick stuff from around the world that people could discover — really simple, accessible things like snack foods that people can enjoy but not have it be a big, intimidating, pretentious experience,’ say the guys behind Import, a relatively new store with outlets in New York and San Francisco, offering selected independent magazines from all over the world, top coffee, speciality snacks and the odd grooming product thrown in. Whatever gives us pleasure, really, because sometimes it can be so simple.

Import Manhattan
5 Oliver Street
New York, NY 10038

Import San Francisco
696 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

CHRIS WARE: SOMEONE I’M NOT

Check out mono.kultur #30 Chris Ware in a new film by Art21, “Chris Ware: Someone I’m Not. From his home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois, artist Chris Ware shares motivations and challenges for telling stories from the perspectives of others in his work. “I distinctly remember being told by my teachers, if you draw women, you’re colonizing them with your eyes,” Ware recalls of art school. “Do you not draw women and then maintain an allegiance to some sort of experience that only you have had? Or do you try to expand your understanding and your empathy for other human beings?”

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By golly, revered design blog It’s Nice That also penned a little review of our latest issue with Fatima Al Qadiri, including a short interview with our humble selves on why, what and when. Thank you. Sigh.

ADD VIOLENCE

After a lengthy hiatus, Nine Inch Nails are back with Add Violence, a 5-track EP that sees them back in form – it compares in sound to 2005’s With Teeth, when we featured mastermind Trent Reznor for our, oh dear, third issue ever.

MONDAY MUSIC: JADEN SMITH

Being a bit nostalgic on a monday afternoon. PHC by Jaden Smith ft. Willow Smith.
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