It’s that time of the week again ladies and gentlemen, all together now; Uh-hmm, “Things, glorious Things! Hot sausage and mustard. While we’re in the mood, cold jelly and custard! What’s next?” is the question. And what’s next is this weeks Things, sent to us from all across the world. So sit back and enjoy this tuneful round-up of the delicious objects that landed on our plates this week.
Bridgette Ashton: Frieze Fringe South West
Frieze London took place between 11-14 October, and Frieze South West by Bridgette Ashton (a slightly lesse-known event) involved a telescope watching the London event’s every move. This commemorative leaflet documents every day of the London festivities from the perspective of a coin operated public telescope on the North Cornwall coast. Each of the pictures were taken using a pinhole camera mounted inside a Humbug tin showing a map of Cornwall; with the pinhole aperture marking the location of the telescope itself. I think you’ll agree, this project is as beautiful as the Cornish landscape itself.
Kaffikaze: A-Z Coffee
I knew from the moment I saw this gorgeous pocket sized coffee-knowledge tool written by Lars K. Huse and designed by Harald Johnsen Voyle that I would love it for two reasons:
1) I adore coffee the way Goats in Morocco seem to love climbing trees
2) The disclaimer which reads, “Take this book, but not your coffee, with a pinch of salt.” The book is full of illustrations and enough technical coffee information to shake two sticks at. All in all, it would satisfy even the most hardened coffee geek with its relevance while offering insights into general coffee related material such as when and how James Bond took his coffee in “Live and let die”. As it says itself in the front, “To everyone who enjoys their coffee more than the average person; this book is for you.”
Kelli Miller Design: Total Bummer
For me, you’ll have to go and tread water while juggling fire-breathing snakes before you could distract my attention away from a new self-published Zine. And honestly, attempts were made by a member of the office (the sinner shall remain nameless) who specifically mentioned I’d have to perform a stand-up comedy piece in front of the entire team! Well, needless to say my eyes didn’t flinch from looking at Total Bummer. The book epitomises the spirit of zine culture that always oozes a passion for liberating the publication process while invariably being shaped by its means of production. Total Bummer examines the didactic emotional representation of human to machine interactions in stock photography by including images of artificial and ambiguous frustrations involving people and their laptops.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath: Back to Mystery City
It’s not any old usual day at the office when things for ‘Things’ comes to us directly from the hand that created it. In the case of Andreas Laszlo Konrath’s Back to Mystery City, we’re very glad it did. Not only was it a pleasure chatting to Andreas about his new projects, but we were beyond chuffed to finally get our hands on this beautiful object. Back to Mystery city is a photographic zine that tracks the skate scene in Finland with stunning, atmospheric results. And to my fellow people with a fetish for all things paper– the gsm is intense and it smells as all great zines do. It’s basically the sex.
O.K Periodicals #8: K.O
Last but by no means least is the latest instalment from O.K Periodicals which KO’d us with its hallucinogenic front cover and intriguing, mind-bending visuals throughout, that hook your eyes from the start, insisting you look back a third, fourth and fifth time! In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that you’ll keep on looking, and keep on showing anybody sitting within two metres, this publication. Their aim is to be “pleasantly disruptive & always curious”… people of O.K, you have hit the nail on the head with this issue!
- Patrick Savile’s dreamy designs draw from 70s airbrush art, Roger Dean and Turing patterns
- Illustrator Nathan Cowdry depicts an unusual dialogue between two strangers in his new comic, Shiner
- Our round-up of this year’s UK grad show identities and show designs
- Nathalie du Pasquier opens first solo show in UK for almost 25 years
- Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
- Bureau Borsche talks us through its album artwork for Laurel Halo
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy