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STK Magazine by Moodley

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Annual magazine design by Austrian studio Moodley for Steirische Terrior und Klassikweingüter, a the winemaking assocatiation of Austria's Southern and South-Eastern Styria region

Steirische Terrior und Klassikweingüter (STK) is a free association of ten wineries that have committed themselves to a region-specific wine culture and outstanding quality. The STK seal is a protected trademark and guarantee of quality for wines produced in the Southern and South-Eastern region of Styria, Austria.

STK was founded more than 30 years ago by a group of winegrowers who believed in the region’s potential to develop into a hot spot for world-class wines. The land is characterised by its difficult conditions for winemaking. Steep hills, unpredictable weather and versatile soils require willpower, experience and time to master yet together produce an unmistakable Styrian taste.

The STK annual magazine, designed by Austrian studio Moodley, brings to light and life the winegrowers; past generations and present custodians, the region and its terrior. What gives the magazine further character is its complimentary focus on the other side of wine production, what is described as an indispensable part of STK’s work and life: architecture, design, cuisine, art and culture. This duality, the intersection of heritage and modernity, the down-to-earth and the refinement of culture is explored within the full potential of the magazine; in the balance and arrangement of text, image and space, in typestyle and art direction, and in the dialogues that are created between all of the elements.

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Hands On: Critical Mass by Foreign Policy

Opinion by Richard Baird

Design and publishing by Singapore-based Foreign Policy for brand, art and cultural magazine Critical Mass

Critical Mass is a biannual magazine that explores a brand’s ripple effect across the globe, from patterns in consumer spending to environmental implications. It intends to showcase, in its curation, commissioning and design, how a brand’s living legacies extend beyond mere aesthetics and profit margins in the face of fast-moving and ever-changing global consumerism. Issue 1 explores the lines blurred between artistic expression and commercial endeavour in a series of texts around Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama approached from a variety of angles by different authors.

The magazine is designed and published by Singapore-based design studio and think tank Foreign Policy and takes the form of a slim staple bound booklet of 32 pages. Although light, it is an insightful document that is materially and graphically distinct. Texts move comfortably between the micro and the meta, complete easy reads and those that are more challenging, propositions for continued thought. There is pleasing breadth drawn from a singular focus.

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Mies In London by OK-RM

Opinion by Richard Baird

Mies In London published by Real Foundation and designed by OK-RM

Mies In London is a project by Real Foundation that seeks to document modernist architect Mies van der Rohe’s only design for the United Kingdom, Mansion House Square; a bronze tower and grand plaza located at the heart of London opposite the bank of England and commissioned in 1962 by Lord Peter Palumbo. Following a long struggle with Royal and political concerns, as well as an increasing disfavour for modernism within the public consciousness, the project was halted by an inquiry in 1984 with many of the details and artefacts lost to time.

Through careful research and collaboration with RIBA, the CCA and Drawing Matter over three years, editor Jack London and co-editor Yulia Rudenko have brought to light the inside and out of Mansion House Square as envisioned by Mies. The project is an interesting and ambitious example of Gesamtkunstwerk / Total Project. This is expressed by Real Foundation in their own practice and material response through a combination of book and objects; an ashtray and door handle. The book, designed by OK-RM, chronicles and presents the grand architectural gesture and philosophy for the site using the arrangement of content; documents and images with extended captions as a narrative tool.

This article, in a break from convention and with a desire to experiment editorially, has two interwoven parts; the familiar format looks at the micro (the graphic and the material), while inset italics explores the more meta. These can be read independently or sequentially.

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