I love reading. When I was little I used to read books incredibly fast just so I could find out how the story ended. This often resulted in me reading through the night and only catching some shut-eye in the early hours. Since my uni days however, I've not been able to read books as much. Perhaps it was due to the realisation that time is a precious thing that should be well guarded. Not that I ever did that, instead I spent most my days worrying about my lack of time. So soon I became fond of magazines - unlike books they tell stories not only with words, but with images, too. Narratives are served up in bite-sized portions and the reader is invoked to use his own imagination to finish them. Whilst not all magazines fulfill this purpose, over the years I have managed to compile a good collection catering to my interests; these lie within the realms of fashion, food, interiors and plants and each of the magazines I buy caters to them.
Simple yet effective art direction, eloquent writing and strong imagery are all key elements of these four publications:
For all you foodies out there, run to your nearest newsagent and sink your teeth into the latest copy of The Gourmand. The biannual journal was founded in 2011 and has since become the go-to food magazine for anyone not merely interested in recipes and restaurant reviews, but the future of food and its associations. This video from the people behind It's Nice That is quite a good introduction to the magazine and its founders.
Do you like nothing more than having a peek into people's homes? Well, I do! Since I've come across the magazine Apartamento a few years back, I have begun to think about space in a completely different way. This quote sums it up nicely:
"For too many people, being happy at home is pretty much an abstract idea, something they can't know or imagine, until it appears on some taste maker’s must-have list, or in a magazine, or reposted on Tumblr. A home sweet home is not curated or produced by acquiring a perfect arrangement of chairs, lamps and friends. A real living space is made from living, not decorating. A bored materialist can’t understand that a house has to become a home. It happens, not through perfection but by participation."
Now, this is probably the magazine most of you already know. The Gentlewoman is by far the most timeless fashion magazine I have come across to date! It's all about the modern woman and often features an ode to certain, often underappreciated, items - my favourite one was a short love letter to a business card holder. If you enjoy fashion at its simplest and most authentic, this magazine is right up your street!
Whilst I don't have a garden, or even a balcony, my mother is a very gifted gardener and so I have always loved greenery. The Plant is a great journal for anyone wanting to read stories about gardening and plants in general. Unlike other gardening magazines, it does not feature tips and tricks of the trade, but includes beautiful photography, as well as illustrations by some notorious people, as well as some newbies. Even if you do not have a green thumb, this magazine is well worth a read and you will find yourself delving into its green depths in no time at all.