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Nest Magazine revolutionised the way we look at interior space and decoration. The brainchild of artist and designer Joe Holtzman, Nest magazine, published from 1997 to 2004, shunned the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors of other magazines and instead featured non-traditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. With their unique style they inspired some of our most favourite nowadays magazines like apartamento.⁠⠀ The Best of Nest includes selections from all 26 issues in a series of portfolios featuring the work of writers and photographers such as Michael Cunningham, Patti Smith, Nan Goldin, and Derry Moore. Holtzman also contributes an essay offering a look behind the scenes of each issue.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Signed copies available.   Buy...

So Harry says, "You don't like me anymore. Why not?" And he says, "Because you've got so terribly pretentious." And Harry says, "Pretentious, moi?" - Fawlty Towers⁠ ⁠ What is pretentiousness? Why do we despise it? And more controversially: why is it vital to a thriving culture? In this brilliant, passionate essay, Dan Fox argues that it has always been an essential mechanism of the arts, from the most wildly successful pop music and fashion through to the most recondite avenues of literature and the visual arts. Pretentiousness: Why it Matters unpacks the uses and abuses of the term, tracing its connections to theatre, politics and class. From method acting to vogueing balls in Harlem, from Brian Eno to normcore, Fox draws on a wide range of references in advocating critical imagination and open-mindedness over knee-jerk accusations of elitism or simple fear of the new and the different. Drawing on his own experiences growing up and working at the more radical edges of the arts, this book is a timely defence of pretentiousness as a necessity for innovation and diversity in our culture.⁠ ⁠...

The eighth volume of the Latvian Benji Knewman comes in a new format of nine booklets wrapped in a soft 140 * 200 mm cover. Themed “art is hard”, this issue contains an email correspondence between Benji Knewman founder Agnese Kleina, author Oleg Sivun, and Esthere Kajema entitled “Post-Soviet Man. A Year of Understanding.” Also included: “A French Mirror”, a piece critically observing an exhibition at the Musée D’Orsay in Paris called “Savage souls: Symbolism in the art of the Baltic states”, insomuch as “symbolism” is considered the “least satisfactory of the -isms”. Turbo: the chronicles of a teenager’s memoirs growing up in the USSR, told around the then hard to get item of luxury: the chewing gum. A Copenhagen based photographer’s lost walks in the fog. Buy...