Issue 41

Issue 41


With 22 countries sharing almost 30,000 miles of coastline, there is no one place or person that can exemplify Mediterranean living. Instead, the latest issue of Kinfolk beats an unconventional path—from Tunis to Tuscany, Morocco to Mallorca—to meet the artists, cooks and cowboys at the heart of their local communities.

Specifications - 192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in the United Kingdom.


The 47th issue of†Harvard Design Magazine†is a renewed call to expand the architectural imagination to the interior. We go inside to consider the interiorís equipment and furnishings; its textures, colors, and atmospheres; its relationships with the body and the senses; and its potential to organize and influence human behavior, health, and everyday life.

ìWhat about the inside?î asked Mohsen Mostafavi in 2008, when he began his deanship at the Harvard GSD. In the midst of a global financial crisis, the first iPhone release, and intensifying Obama campaign chants of ìYes We Can,î a disoriented generation of students and practitioners were reassessing their discipline. No longer tasked with generating monumental megaprojects, architects had to find other, more modest ways to make an impact. It was an apt moment to look inwardóto reassess, and even redefine, the boundaries of the design disciplines.

Mohsenís question prompted this magazineís 29th issue, developed around the idea that the interior had been neglected, even trivialized, in practice and discourse. It was a call for experimental collaboration among the design disciplines, and for a reintegration of the realms in which they operate. A decade later, as Mohsenís deanship comes to a close, weíve gone inside once again by way of the rich history of the magazine itself.

Highlighting and reflecting on†Harvard Design Magazineís archive, and presenting innovative approaches to interior spaces past and present, ìInside Scoopî opens up the magazine as an interior itself, one housing vital objects of thought.


This issue of Harvard Design Magazine is about the design of work and the work of design. “No Sweat” challenges designers to speculate on the spaces of work in an accelerated future, and to imagine a world in which a novel ethics of labor can emerge. What scenarios and spaces can we imagine for the next generation of work? How can we anticipate and formulate work environments and experiences that are productive, humane, and ecologically responsible?

From corner office to kitchen sink, from building site to factory floor, from cubicle to car to coffee shop, work shapes our lives and physical world. Whether we produce objects, generate ideas, manage processes, or perform services, work is a hybrid of dedication and alienation, power and oppression. As work spaces morph to integrate machines that mimic, assist, or complement human abilities, the way we perform work, and the way we feel about it, change too.

To work (to put forth effort) and the work (that effort, or the result it generates) are sources of pride and shame, fulfillment and drudgery. As many jobs become obsolete, and as populations are displaced under the pressures of climate change and political turmoil, the boundaries of the workplace are shifting in space and time. Though some claim that a world without work is on the horizon, “labor-saving” innovations are enmeshed with human exploitation, and housework and care work remain at the crux of persistent inequalities.

Paradoxically, the more that work, as we once understood it, appears to be receding, the more omnipresent and ambiguous it becomes. The workplace is everywhere—or is it nowhere?


No.4 HÂndvÊrk

The fourth issue of HA?NDVÆRK bookazine bears the title "Plant-based". HA?NDVÆRK bookazine has a strong root system, and this issue quite literally goes back to the roots; to nature and its materials, to the plants as a source of inspiration, as a starting point to produce materials and as a source of life – a life which depends on the survival of the bees and in general on the cycle of nature. HA?NDVÆRK bookazine no. 4 contains all of this – as always with a focus on materials and processes as a prerequisite for a sustainable practice in crafts, craftsmanship, art, and design.

Specifications - Soft cover. Language: English. Biannual bookazine.


Issue 39 Kinfolk Magazine

Individually formative and culturally formidable, youth looms large in the collective imagination. Kinfolk’s Spring Issue is a playbook for the young—and the young at heart.

Specifications - 192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in the United Kingdom.


Issue 35 Kinfolk Magazine

There’s no way to predict when we’ll suddenly be confronted with a new pathway in life. For every positive gain attributed to the idea of change, such as self-improvement, bold adventuring or collective hope, there often follows the very human instinct to feel quite the opposite: fear, self-doubt and loss. The latest issue of Kinfolk explores how best to navigate the conflicting forces of change and stability.

Specifications - 192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in the United Kingdom.

issue 34 kinfolk magazine

Issue 34 Kinfolk Magazine

Intimacy is what distinguishes those who are dear to us from those who are simply near. This issue of Kinfolk explores the balance between our contradictory cravings for both secure and stable relationships and the freedom to follow our hearts, our sexual desires, and our need to be whole without the help of another. We take psychotherapist Esther Perel as our lodestar. It’s a role she’s played for the clients at her New York practice and for millions of others through her books and the podcast Where Should We Begin, which offers the chance to listen in on anonymous couples during therapy sessions. Perel’s approach has always been to challenge the fundamental contradictions in how we think about romantic intimacy: Is it really feasible to expect one person to fulfill our every need—for the rest of our life?

In Issue Thirty-Four, we experience the thrill of people and places spilling their secrets. Amaryllis Fox—an ex-CIA spy who spent her 20s negotiating in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones—cracks open the mysteries of the Clandestine Service, and what they’ve taught her about peace. We also present the result of our own months-long international operation: To gain access to an art deco royal palace in Gujurat, India. As the nights close in, our contributors look beyond this world and into other more mysterious ones: They mull over the popularity of horoscopes and what to eat at funerals. Elsewhere, a photo essay by Gustav Almestål explores the solitary indulgence of comfort foods, so tied to our most intimate of spaces—our homes—and so appealing during break ups.

Specifications - 192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in Canada and United Kingdom.


Issue 2 IMPORTANT Magazine


The second issue of IMPORTANT MAGAZINE focuses on the body shapeshifting from physical entity
to digital and back. In what realm do we belong (exist) and how do we navigate in the current landscape of the self vs. onscreen identities? Are we changing, are we forgetting, how are we human and what does that mean exactly? How does the body survive and renew itself while its data are being harvested and invested in societies submerged in surveillance? Is the notion of the human itself transmuting, and how do we distinguish ourselves from the algorithms and the codes that are now producing, modifying and filtering our interactions with one another?

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No.5 Håndværk

The fifth issue of HÅNDVÆRK bookazine has the title "decoration". It presents a range of artisans, designers, architects and artists who work to express themselves through decorating. Decoration is a present element in many things, from art, ceramics, lamps and furniture to wallpaper, mosaics, jewelry and even tattoos. HÅNDVÆRK bookazine no. 5 focuses, as always, on materials and processes as a prerequisite for sustainable practice in the areas of crafts, art and design.

- Soft cover. Language: English. Biannual bookazine.


Issue 40 Kinfolk Magazine

A decade ago, the very first issue of Kinfolk made its way into print. To celebrate this milestone—the tenth anniversary—they’ve refreshed the design of the magazine and aptly turned their gaze toward one of life’s deepest and most searching subjects: the future.

Specifications - 192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated and coated paper. Printed in the United Kingdom.

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