You’re going to have excuse me while I gush like a melted-snow-fattened mountain stream, because this new magazine is a stunner. While Boat magazine has won an army of admirers with its focus on a different city every issue, Flaneur drills down even deeper and concentrates on a single street.
We just received the inaugural issue which explores Berlin’s famous Kantstrasse through writers, artists, designers, photographers and others. The features are both surprising and compelling, ranging from a photo-study of one night in a bar to a full musical score which captures the street’s sounds. Meanwhile the design, overseen by Michelle Phillips and Johannes Conrad of Y-U-K-I-K-O, is absolutely killer, building on and bouncing off the content to powerful effect.
The editors say: “The magazine presents its complexity, dynamic and fragmented nature and layers it with a literary approach. It creates a meaningful correlation between places, stories, people and objects that aren’t necessarily related. The magazine is aware of its subjectivity. It wants to say: This could be Kanstrasse.”
I don’t know how much more magazine publishers can hone in on single geographical entities, but whatever you do try and get hold of a copy of Flaneur.