This Week in Magazines

  • The latest issue of PEN (187) tries to convince us that “All You Need Is Art,” and they do make a good case. The issue takes a look at a nice selection of artists, mostly Japanese — including Aya Takano, Yoshitomo Nara, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Tabaimo, Shinro Ohtake, Makoto Aida, and more — as well as recommended galleries and museums (the insert, “Museum Watching,” does a good job of highlighting the country’s best art museums), and other reports.
  • I can’t say that I’m much of a wine drinker — I’ll drink it if it’s offered to me, but I can’t even remember that last time I bought a bottle — and so BRUTUS‘ “Wine Trends 2006” issue (605) isn’t really up my alley, but if you do like wine, then get ready for an exhaustive rundown of this year’s picks, and of course spots to drink it in.
  • Every time I pick up a new issue of DESIGN NOTE I fall in love with so many of the creators’ works on display, and with the latest issue (9), I felt it again. Things start off with Kashiwa Sato’s work on the CD jacket and ad campaign for T.M. Revolution’s latest album, and it continues with various interviews and spotlights, including D-BROS and Groovisions. Lots of eye-candy, so well worth picking up even if you can’t read everything.
  • Do not, I repeat, do not read the latest issue of TITLE (81) on an empty stomach, and with a feature title like “So Sweets on Sweets,” I think you can figure out why. They also have a piece on Uniqlo’s upcoming NYC launch, and I’m just amazed at the amount of cool graphics and design work that has gone into this. Why is New York’s Uniqlo so much cooler than what we get here in Tokyo? The insert is a smaller version of the UNIQLO PAPER #1 I mentioned the other day. And I’m not usually big on fashion, but I must say that I quite liked the coat/suit spread they included — unfortunately, nothing I can afford to buy though…