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From charms and chokers to shackles and fetters, MacGuffin Nº11 explores the many manifestations of that most contradictory of objects: ‘The Chain’. Worn with love since time immemorial, it is also the ultimate symbol of slavery and suffering. Linking together royals and rappers, provocative punks and crashed cars, cycling skirts and classic scarfs, caged wrestlers and medieval warriors, hyperlinks and haunted houses, Baltic protestors and Cuban revolutionaries, The Chain features Inigo Laguda, Jacqueline de Jong, Harris Blondman, Scheltens & Abbenes, Olivia Ahmad, Rab Messina, Kai Lobjakas and many more.

MacGuffin Magazine celebrates its tenth jubilee by uncorking a miscellany of bottles that capture the zeitgeist. The menu for this festive issue includes [expand title="more"] a parade of down-market perfumes, messages squeezed into bottles, recipes for the perfect Molotov cocktail, the curated contents of celebrity fridges, the curious colours of centuries-old domestic bottles, the racism rife in the wine business, the salvation sought at AA sessions, and the many marvels awaiting you in the mini-bar. Cheers! [/expand]

Find all of the back-issues here. For many, the lockdown period has meant spending much more time at home, which has probably led to deeper contemplations of floor coverings. [expand title="more"]From the panorama of our rugs we have experienced press conferences, video calls, board games, napping, and so much more. This issue looks at the infinite functions, meanings, and possibilities of the rug the world over, from George Pendle’s revelations about airport carpets to Rachel Dedman’s analysis of Palestinian rug-making traditions, from stories of carpet dealers by Kitty Drake to a complex case of gender and weaving by Alice Twemlow, and from tatami mats, prayer rugs, and tapestries to the animal kingdom beneath our feet.[/expand]

Time to get serious in 2020 with MacGuffin #8, an issue devoted to that most studious of objects: the desk. MacGuffin pulls open desk drawers and points up desk plants, surveying a succession of clean desks and messy desks, radical desks and resolute desks, [expand title="more"] makeshift desks and talk show desks, not to mention the fine art of office pranking and presidential doodling. Featuring Francois Dallegret, Egon Eiermann, Enzo Mari, Saint Jerome, Superstudio, Jan Švankmajer and many, many more.[/expand]

Dress up this spring with The Trousers of MacGuffin, dedicated to an object that is so much more than a garment: it’s a mirror of desires and passions far beyond reason. [expand title="more"]In ‘The Trousers’, MacGuffin empties the wardrobe and slips into survival gear, baggies with attitude, working uniforms, drainpipes, cargo shorts, laced-fly jeans, sexless saggy sack cloths, tent slacks, yoga leggings and bad-boy trousers. The burning question of course is: are pants really all about ass? Featuring Umberto Eco, Paul Gorman, Emily King, Gert Jonkers, Karlheinz Weinberger, Emma McClendon and many many more.[/expand]

Rolling, shiny and bubbly, the ball has a ubiquitous presence almost wherever you look. It’s frequently the dream object of the architect and the passion of millions of sport games fans around the world. It represents the earth on which we live and bore a mythical quality in the times of the ancient Greeks. “A sphere at all times, is equal only to itself; it is the perfect symbol of equality.” Said architect Boullé in the 18th century. In four main sections, this sixth issue of MacGuffin explores the balls that roll around the world, those that shine in the halls of disco, and those that come disguised as domes, spheres, balloons, orbs and fizzy bubbles. Buy

Rolling, shiny and bubbly, the ball has a ubiquitous presence almost wherever you look. It’s frequently the dream object of the architect and the passion of millions of sport games fans around the world. It represents the earth on which we live and bore a mythical quality in the times of the ancient Greeks. [expand title="more"] “A sphere at all times, is equal only to itself; it is the perfect symbol of equality.” Said architect Boullé in the 18th century. In four main sections, this sixth issue of MacGuffin explores the balls that roll around the world, those that shine in the halls of disco, and those that come disguised as domes, spheres, balloons, orbs and fizzy bubbles.[/expand]