Reflections from Tokyo: a closer look at the Comme Des Garçons SS21 collection shown at the brand’s Japanese HQ.
Lucie and Luke Meier
A Magazine Curated By N°21 has been curated by Lucie and Luke Meier, the co-creative directors of Jil Sander. In a process beginning in July 2019, the Meiers have approached their ‘carte blanche’ project for A Magazine as a call for reflection and an open dialogue on the dualities of the one theme that is present in all of their work:
HUMAN NATURE / MOTHER NATURE.
CONTRIBUTORS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Adrianna Glaviano, Alexia Rosalie Sicard, Amy Verner, Anna Cecylia Lieselotte Keinath, Anne-Sophie Prévot, Anton Max Karol Keinath, Arnold Rüdlinger, Barbara Morgan, Bowen Gabriel West Butler, Brice Marden, Buby Durini, Chris Rhodes, Cleo Eryn Vega Butler, Constantin Brâncuși, Daido Moriyama, Dan Er. Grigorescu, Dan Hăulică, Daniel Johnston, Delfino Sisto Legnani, Dick Johnston, Dilys Williams, Edward Burtynsky, Emanuele Colombo, Eugene Souleiman, Giacomo Leopardi, Giasco Bertoli, Giorgio Conti, Giorgio D’Orazio Vinditti, Hannes Hetta, Hazel Larsen Archer, Heiko Keinath, Imogen Cunningham, Isis May Butler-Cragg, Jeewi Lee, Jefferson Airplane, Jeff Wall, John Pawson, Jordan Hemingway, Jorge Balarezo, Joseph Beuys, Julia Hetta, Kahlil Joseph, Karl Lehner, Kelsey Lu, Larry Fink, Laure Prouvost, Lina Scheynius, Lorenzo Vitturi, Luc Tuymans, Lucien Smith, Margrit Linck, Masato Nakagawa, Massimo Torrigiani, Monica Titton, Moritz Giacum Mennig, Nigel Shafran, Noah Davis, Noam Levinger, Olivier Kervern, Pamela Rosenkranz, Panamarenko, Peter Chung, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rhoda Meier, Richard Bush, Robert Feintuch, Robert Frost, Sachiko Ito, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Richardson, Selva Barni, Shaniqwa Jarvis, Sheron ‘Umi’ Smith, Sienna Leonie Sicard, Stefan Armbruster, Stefan Schlumpf, Tarek Abbar, Tarik Kiswanson, Thomas Mailaender, Tim Elkaïm, Tom Burr, Tomona Matsukawa, Vincenzo Castella, Willem de Kooning, Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def.
A Magazine #21 is offset-printed on Lenza recycled paper made in Italy, featuring a 3D-scanned cover replicating a Japanese floral washi paper handmade in the hills of the Noto peninsula by a 3rd generation paper maker. The issue is stitch-bound with an invisible spine and printed in the Aosta region of northern Italy. Inspired by the Swiss franc coin, a unique font typeface entitled ‘Meier’ designed by Buero Paris has been incorporated into the issue.
A Magazine Curated By presents
FLORAGATAN 13 CURATED BY ACNE STUDIOS, an architectural and design survey of the new Acne Studios headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden — an exceptional historical building both restored and transformed as a fashion atelier and corporate office. Known as Floragatan 13 (for its Stockholm address), the edifice was completed in 1972 as the Embassy of the Czech Republic, designed by Jan Bočan from the Czech architect bureau Atelier Beta Prague.
Conceived as a visual essay by acclaimed French photographer Philippe Chancel, this 100-page document in partnership with Acne Studios delves into the building floor by floor, beginning with the sixth level management offices and descending ten storeys through each crucial component of the design and production ateliers including inspiring communal and private spaces such as creative director Jonny Johansson’s office, the ground floor library, underground canteen and photo studio.
From floor to floor, Philippe Chancel’s crisp, exacting digital photography is accompanied by insightful quotes by Acne Studios’ creative director Jonny Johansson, architect Johannes Norlander, the Acne Studios teams and external artistic collaborators, who each reveal the creative processes they applied to create unique works for Floragatan 13.
Numerous floors reveal the inner workings of a fashion house, from storage rooms filled with bolts of fabric and hardware to legal offices and meeting rooms, or production and design studios that expose both the artisanal and industrial elements of contemporary fashion today.
Others reflect the brand’s image, highlighting bespoke and site-specific design projects by long-time Acne Studios favourites, including a state-of-the-art lighting network designed by Benoit Lalloz, furniture by Max Lamb, archival fabric collages by Daniel Silver, and extruded bronzes by Anton Alvarez.
Designed by Savvy Studio between Mexico City and NYC, FLORAGATAN 13 CURATED BY ACNE STUDIOS is presented as an embossed envelope in matte grey card designed to mimic the vertical textures of the building’s concrete façade. On a contrasting high-gloss paper inside, layout and font elements include deconstructed floor-by-floor blueprints that reflect a deep study of official typography and archival embassy documents.
In partnership with Acne Studios, this limited-edition print magazine is available immediately for purchase online here and in selected retailers and e-tailers worldwide.
A first look inside a new monograph by American-born British artist Jackie Nickerson which delves into subjects of isolation, mass production and waste in contemporary society and their effects on the human psyche. Read an exclusive excerpt from the book’s opening interview here.
Discover the Jil Sander Women’s Spring Summer 2021 collection designed by A#21 curator’s Lucie and Luke Meier through the eyes of Stephen Kidd and Tim Elkaim, with music by Kelsey Lu.
Documentary photographer Winter Vandenbrink trained his zoom lens on Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s Chloé Spring Summer 2021 show in Paris. Discover the visual portfolio alongside 1960’s artworks by sister Corita Kent.
After the Fendi SS21 show in Milan, we tried Adele Fendi’s lemon pesto pasta recipe, handed down to Silvia Venturini Fendi and photographed by Antoine Harinthe.
A series of still life photographs and a short film for Simone Rocha’s SS 2021 collection at Hauser & Wirth, London.
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