Human Nature / Mother Nature

Originally founded in Belgium in 2001, A Magazine Curated by has become a cult periodical lending its pages to the iconic designers of our time, from Martin Margiela to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and most recently Lucie and Luke Meier the co-creative directors at Jil Sander.

From inception, A Magazine has embodied the notion of a magazine as a keepsake – an object to be treasured and referred back to. Like any collectable, these magazines accrue value over time, you might be lucky enough to chance upon a rare back issue – currently there is a copy of issue Nº 2 curated by Yoji Yamamoto at IDEA selling for 230AUD.

Issue 21 of A Magazine, curated by Lucie and Luke Meier, co-creative directors at Jil Sander, gives poetic new meaning to the magazine as a keepsake. In a process starting in July 2019 and finalised in a world changed by global pandemic, this issue deals with an omnipresent theme for Luke and Lucie; Human Nature / Mother Nature. An eerily prescient idea to be sure.

Human Nature / Mother Nature

Portrait of Lucie and Luke Meier by Olivier Kern, Paris 2020.

The issue deals with this theme across 200 pages of visual poetry and text artfully communicated in systems more commonly employed by art book publishing as opposed to magazine layout. While the cover marries tradition and technology exquisitely – an ode to a Japanese floral Washi paper made in the hills of the Noto peninsula by 3rd generation paper-makers, is replicated in Italy via 3D printing techniques on fully recycled Lenza paper.

Human Nature / Mother Nature

Paris during Covid 19 by Giasco Bertoli (left), Etna, Sicily by Emanuele Colombo (right) curated by Fantom Editions.

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OAMC brand study essay by Amy Verner, backstage photography by Jordan Hemingway, Paris.
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Watercolour Lilies by Luke's mother, Rhoda Meier.
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Rachel Marx photographed wearing Jil Sander by Olivier Kervern, Paris, 2020.
Human Nature / Mother Nature
Leon Dame photographed wearing Jil Sander by Olivier Kervern, Paris, 2020.
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Florence, Italy during Pitti Immagine January 2019 by Lina Scheynius.

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Kelsey Lu in Jil Sander photographed by Richard Bush, Paris 2020.
Human Nature / Mother Nature
Mos Def wears Jil Sander, photography by Julia Hetta, Barcelona, 2020.
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Kenya and France, Jil Sander fashion story photographed by Tim Elkaim.

Human Nature / Mother Nature
Nerds candy, still life by Chris Rhodes, NYC, 2020.
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Unterliezheim wooden chapel, Germany, designed and photographed by John Pawson.
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Brice Marden's Studio photographed by Adrianna Glaviano.

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White Rabbit, watercolours after Jefferson Airplane by Peter Chung, Los Angeles, 2020.
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Margrit Linck archive ceramics, Bern, Switzerland, 2020, photography by Stefan Armbruster.
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Flora, flowers by Sachiko Ito, photographed by Vincenzo Castella at Jil Sander HQ, Milan.

In dealing with the subject of their craft, Luke and Lucie Meier in collaboration with the team at A Magazine Curated by, have created a truly artisanal object and in doing so, further elevate and push the craft of publishing forward.

A Magazine Curated by Nº 21 is available to purchase here.