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.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs