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    Studio Cookbook

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    Studio Cookbook

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    Studio Cookbook

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    Studio Cookbook

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    Studio Cookbook

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Thereisawe

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Espen Friberg

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Viktor Hachmang

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Lindsey Gooden

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Château-vacant

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    Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy, Dan Has Potential

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    Eight: Transmission Towers

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    Eight: Transmission Towers

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    Eight: Transmission Towers

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    Eight: Transmission Towers

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    Nonamarmi

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    Nonamarmi

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    The White Review

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    The White Review

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    The White Review

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    The White Review

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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

In this weeks Things: Studio Cookbook by Ken Kirton, “coca-cola chicken”; The White Review No.1, “(Un)timely considerations on old and current issues”; Nonamarmi edited by Fabrizio Festa, “I’m Batman Damn It”; Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy by the Panther Club; Eight: Transmission Towers by Theo Simpson and Craig Barker, “pylon… a monumental ancient Eygptian gateway to the sun”. If Ferrero Rocher wrote a Things feature…

The White Review No.1 Benjamin Eastham and Jacques Testard, Editors

Holding The White Review is a pleasure in itself. A bespoke typeface (by art director, Ray O’Meara), beautifully designed, thoughtfully conceived with a conscious definition in worthy content coming from its namesake, La Revue Blanche, which was published at the very end of the 19th century as a political, artistic and literary magazine. TWR fulfills this model in a non-profit, wonderfully extended format with pages filled and designed by London-based writers and artists, “a new generation to express itself unconstrained by form, subject or genre.” Great online content also. Just checked it.
www.thewhitereview.org

Nonamarmi Fabrizio Festa, Editor

The first issue of Nomamarmi has marked itself from the off as “pure at heart” with a suitably apparant ‘made-with-love’ personality. A great still life cover from the emotive Pietro Cocco and a noteworthy super-hero themed interview with britillustrator Jack Teagle, who has also illustrated a nicely titled ‘Almanac of Post-Love’ article. Half Italian, half English – wholly lovely.
www.nonamarmi.com

Studio Cookbook Ken Kirton

A really nicely put together cook book containing a number of collected recipes concocted in the workplace and offered up by various studios and design folk. Contributors include Alex Bettler (Bread Sharing Breadlets), Martino Gamper (Ginger Pasta Asciuta) and Sarah de Bondt (Appeltaart) – which sounds like a dream meal to me. Hato Press printed on appropriately edible looking paper.
www.kenkirton.com
www.hatopress.net

Eight: Transmission Towers Theo Simpson and Craig Barker

Not one to go for an extended quote but this fitting large format, single colour, screenprinted book pays all sorts of design homage to the stucture and space of the huge-and-humble pylon… “a meditation on the architectural vestige of Sir Reginald Blomfield who orchestrated, designed and selected the initial transmission towers for the UK. His vision remained faithful to the original Greek meaning of the word pylon as a monumental ancient Egyptian gateway to the sun”… context fully justifies such a thoughtful piece of print.
www.variouspoints.com

Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstasy Panther Club

The second print series from Panther Club (this time a risographed affair) is as excellently presented as the first, this time with the theme of ritualistic crazytimes – Dionysus: The Madness & Ecstacy. A fast favourite, Espen Friberg, Château-vacant, Dan Has Potential, Lindsey Gooden, Viktor Hachmang and (with a tripstatic illustration) Thereisawe all contribute.
www.pantherclub.eu

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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