A chronicle of people, places, happenings, and creations we admire.

How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide

Media powerhouse Monocle have teamed up with German publisher Gestalten to continue their Guide Series focusing on how to properly build a nation.  This latest guide touches on all key aspects of what a strong, civil and forward looking country should look like.  It curates the best parts from countries all over the world; from housing, to natural resources, healthcare policy and military might, to education, commerce, and societal welfare. These crucial aspirational elements are combined to create a country that anyone would dream of gaining citizenship or leading as Head of State.  Head over to Gestalten and order your copy.

Also, do take a look at their previous Guides to Better Living and Good Business.

Price: $60.00

Mark 57: August / September 2015

One of our favorite architecture and design publications is Mark.  In issue #57 Monica Zerboni investigates OMA’s Prada Foundation, the Mother of all Epicenters, where all Prada culture is created, tested, perfected and exhibited.  Acting virtually as a museum on the old industrial side of Milan, the Fondazione is also a bastion of art, media and creativity.  This among other projects by Herzon & de Meuron, Projekt Praga, Swedish firm Schmitt Hammer Lassen's public library in Aarhus, their concert hall in Malmö, L.A. architect Eric Owen Moss' Pterodactyl building, Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s new Broad Museum are feature in the August-September issue.


Photos: ©Frame Publishers, 2015

The Monocle Guide to Cozy Homes

A handbook for making a home that will stand the text of time, take knocks and scuffs in its stride—and where lives can unfold, children grow up, and dogs run wild. --Monocle

About This Book

This Monocle book tells us how to turn a house into a home. Both a practical guide and a great source of inspiration, The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes presents the interiors, furniture, and locations you need to know about along with portraits of the people who can make it happen. 

The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes celebrates the durable and the meaningful through a collection of homes that tell a story. Most architecture and interior books show houses polished to perfection, manicured to the extent that it is hard to imagine anybody actually lives there: they seem to miss the point that homes are meant to be inhabited. They should be able to take scuffs and knocks and to be part of a community, whether in a Chicago skyscraper or on Australia’s sunshine coast.

Available Soon in the USA



NeedSupply x Soulland: Human Being Journal, Spring 2015

Our friends at NeedSupply and Danish company Soulland have teamed up to produce the latest issue (No.6) of the beautiful Human Being Journal for Spring 2015.  This curated volume, ranging from interviews with Soulland partners Silas Adler and Jacob Kampp Berliner to Fantastic Man Publisher / Editor Gert Jonkers to commentary on design, hybrid food recipes, and amazing photography of New Mexico by Mikael Kennedy that make for an elegant mix of content, subjects and all things currently in their respective worlds.  Head over to NeedSupply and order your copy.

Human Being Journal No.6 - $15.00

About NeedSupply

Need Supply Co. is a clothing and lifestyle store based out of Richmond, VA. We started selling vintage Levi's in 1996 but have since expanded our offerings to include men's and women's clothing and accessories. In 2008 we launched our web store and have been shipping worldwide ever since. Our home office houses our retail store front and everything from design and branding to online sales. We truly believe in the products we carry, carefully curating a mix of well-known brands and up-and-coming independent designers from the US and abroad.

About Soulland

Soulland was founded in 2002 and is owned by designer Silas Adler and CEO Jacob Kampp Berliner. Its design principles and aesthetics have their origins in Scandinavian artisanship combined with a contemporary feel, encapsulated by the Adler Fedora; a traditional men’s fedora fused with a baseball cap brim, handmade in Copenhagen. Whilst always remembering its legacy, Soulland aims to push menswear forward in new directions.


The Month of February

A Recap of our discoveries in February.

(Left to right from top)

1.1971 Lamborghini Miura SV at RMSotheby's / 2. MONOCLE Quality of Life Conference, Lisbon 2015 / 3. Photo Blog / 4. MONCLER Grenoble 'Evry' Jacket FW15 / 5. Corner Pack Shipping Boxes / 6. Enrico Marone-Cinzano Furniture Collection / 7. The New Yorker '90 for 90' / 8. The Cliff Vaughs Story / 9. Pia Mouwitz / 10. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden / 11. The Terroir Project /  12. How to be a Proper New Yorker

Monocle Quality of Life Conference, Lisbon 2015

Monocle has created an event that is not to be missed.  The MONOCLE Quality of Life Conference gathers in Lisbon, Portugal from 17-19 April, 2015.  The MQLC covers everything from architecture, retail and entrepreneurship to city planning and national branding.  Attendees will be able to mix and mingle with the many great leaders, thinkers, influencers and entrepreneurs scheduled to participate. Various discussions include innovative home building, typography in urban planning, urban transport, workplace making, retail design, a special panel moderated by MONOCLE founder Tyler Brûlé, live music, art and film, and other exciting activities.

The New Yorker: 90 for 90

Venerable magazine and institution (whose subscription department once sent Marge Simpson a rejection letter, lol) celebrates its 90th birthday this year.  Various versions of the ever-present Eustace Tilley, that monocled aristocrat that has solidified the brand since 1925, is expressed by a host of new and returning cover artists for this issue.

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Credits: Top to bottom from left: Kadir Nelson, Barry Blitt, Peter Mendelsund, Carter Goodrich, Roz Chast, Anita Kunz, Lorenzo Mattotti, Istvan Banyai, Christoph Niemann