La Mas Bella (The Most Beautiful) is a Madrid-based project that takes the idea of a magazine to even further extremes than MK Bruce/Lee. Diego Ortiz and Pepe Murciego have produced a single issue every year since 1993 – it takes that long to produce because every issue is absolutely unique in format and content.
Each issue takes a theme that is used as a starting point to commission artists and designers to contribute and collaborate. Previous issues have taken the form of a set of instructions for life consisting of an kitchen apron stuffed with a cassette tape, a users manual and a fold-put map of ‘life’; another was a DIY tapas set featuring a waiters bill pad, an ashtray, some toothpicks and a napkin dispenser.
The latest issue is called La Mas Bella Anda (The Most Beautiful Walk), and consists of a shoebox containing a sneaker, a shoe horn, a cellophane-wrapped stone (to place in the shoe and irritate your sole) and a feather to tickle your toes. As well as these carefully sourced theme-related items, the box contains a series of specially commissioned artworks in the form of a set of prints shaped as insoles.
La Mas Bella takes the idea of editorial curation to it’s logical conclusion – each issue is a miniature gallery to be unpacked and admired.
- “Non-league football is our punk rock” – Alex Brown’s work for Eastbourne Town FC
- Artist Esther Watson reimagines the flying saucers her dad created as a child
- Clara von Zweigbergk talks us through her art direction for Danish brand Hay
- John Molesworth illustrates the hustle and bustle of Record Store Day 2017
- “The artistic process becomes a form of yoga”: artist Christopher Davison
- More vibrant, goblin-like characters from illustrator Alex Jenkins
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Jon Burgerman on his utterly brilliant Instagram experiments
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices