So I’ve mentioned my terrible magazine habit before, and while it’s an addiction that may well claim more of my disposable income than anything else (!?), it does put me in a good position to recommend! (That’s a great excuse that I’ll keep telling myself. Research.)
I get so much pleasure out of independent print, especially magazines. I love that they are little creative dreams that turned into projects and eventually become tangible works for us to hold. They beat the big mags in every respect for me; indie zines are more design focused, the photography is better, the features are more considered, there’s less crap… They are just more beautiful because more love and care has gone into them. These are magazines that you keep and add to your bookshelf.
So, without further ado, these are my favourite interiors and design magazines of the moment.
Apartamento describes itself as an ‘everyday life interiors magazine’. It opens up the private homes of eccentric creatives all over the world, and chats to them about their life & home. Expect lots of photos & also lots of text – the interviews are meaty! This is one of the best things about Apartamento. It has a very casual, intimate tone & gives an honestly candid impression of the people it meets. There are lots of anecdotes & stories which make interesting reading if you’re a nosey so & so like me!
Before you look at the price tag, know that Cabana is really more of a coffee table book than a magazine (… I know, it is a bit steep (!) but as I’ve mentioned before, I am a crazy magazine lady in the same way that some people are crazy cat ladies). There are multiple covers for each issue, each a piece of beautiful fabric which instantly makes this mag a keeper not a binner! Cabana is a really high quality magazine, with gorgeous full-page photos printed on thick glossy paper and well-written features articles. Each issue focuses on one place (the one in the photos is rural Russia), showing you into public and private buildings & the relationships that local people have with them.
3. Frankie Spaces
This is another ‘magazine’ which is really more like a book. Spaces is printed in large format, giving lots of room for large photos & plenty of white space, making it feel clean and minimal from a design perspective. Like Apartmento, it goes into the homes of creative people around the world, but with more of a focus on their physical space; homes filled with scavenged treasures and pioneering design, and workspaces brimming with inspiration and art. There is so much to see in every photo that you could spend twenty minutes looking at each one and still miss little details. Spaces is a great weekend read and a beautiful addition to any book collection.
So Disegno isn’t strictly an interiors mag – it covers lots of aspects of design including architecture, graphic design, fashion, and urbanism – but anyone who’s interested in modern design will find something to enjoy. It’s probably the most ‘traditional’ magazine on this list in that it includes a mixture of features, photoessays, reviews, interviews, critical discussions and more – it feels more like a traditional magazine, but has a sleek, modern look.
Bonus: The New York Times Style Magazine (Spain)
So call me crazy, but the last time I was pilfering Thrive News (big up the best newsagent in Shepherd’s Bush!), I accidentally ended up buying a copy of The New York Times Style Magazine. Well, it wasn’t an accident; I picked it up, loved the cover, had a quick flick-through (kinda distracted because I was already late for the cinema (we saw It. Oh God.)) and added it into my already-too-big YES pile… Anyway. I didn’t realise until later that it was actually the Spanish version. Sadly, this meant that I could make sense of any of the features! Somehow, despite this embarrassing oversight, T Spain is still one of my favourite magazines from this month. It’s a jungalicious paradise of bohemian interior & fashion inspo, and it just a really beautiful coffee table mag. (If you actually speak Spanish I would definitely recommend it!!) As an indication of how enticing the articles were, I actually ended up downloading a translation app on my phone which uses your camera to translate… So long-winded but worth it!
Check out the website here – it Google-translates!! (ha)
Have you guys checked out any of these mags or do you have other great ones to recommend? Help a mag addict out & leave your suggestions below!