In The Magazine

Lena Wolff x Erica Tanov Fabric

by Anh-Minh on February 26, 2015

ericatanov_openerIn our 4+ years of producing Anthology, designer Erica Tanov‘s home remains one of my all-time favorites. We featured it waaay back in Issue No. 8, and then posted some outtakes from our shoot. (The image above, taken by Kelly Ishikawa, is from the published story.)

I’ve been familiar with Erica, her work, and her Bay Area shops for years—I remember working on Fourth Street in Berkeley when I was in grad school and popping into the outpost there during my lunch breaks and just marveling at all of the beautiful things she purveyed. Right now, I’m coveting the fabrics in her collaboration with artist Lena Wolff.

My mom taught me how to sew when I was a kid, and it’s one of the crafts that I’d like to take up again. And this line of graphic fabrics just might be what finally motivates me to bust out the (no doubt dusty) sewing machine!

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{ Top image by Kelly Ishikawa for Anthology. Remaining images via Erica Tanov. }

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Nightwood NY

by Anh-Minh on February 20, 2015

ag_nightwood_issue18I’ve been working in Park City, Utah, this week and woke up to a flurry of snow today. It got me thinking about Anitha Gandhi’s home, shown above and featured in Issue No. 18 of Anthology. It may seem odd that I associated wintry weather with such a colorful abode—unless you know Anitha’s approach to her décor:

No matter what the conditions outside, she could at least conjure an interior that transports her to a warm destination. “I wanted it to feel like the Caribbean, with super saturated colors,” Anitha says.

Anitha worked with Nightwood NY, a Brooklyn-based furniture, textile, and interior design duo. Ry Scruggs and Nadia Yaron were responsible for so many of the pieces in Anitha’s home. I couldn’t believe how much they designed, built, or sourced! Below are a few more images from their portfolio.

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The next time I’m in New York, I’d love to visit Nightwood’s showroom, which is open by appointment only. In the meantime, I’ve been checking out their online shop and have got my eye on the totem weaving.

P.S. If you’d like to see the full feature on Anitha’s home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 18 from one of our stockists.

{ Top image by David A. Land for Anthology. Remaining images via Nightwood NY }

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{Online Preview} Issue No. 18

by Anh-Minh on January 23, 2015

Anthology Issue 18 Cover
After our big announcement a few weeks ago, I have a feeling that every new release this year will be bittersweet. We’re just wrapping up the subscription mailing for Issue No. 18/Winter 2015, which is all about color, so it will be arriving soon in mailboxes. (Please note that delivery times vary by location.) Most stores should be receiving their shipments by the end of the month.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the online preview that we’ve put together. It highlights just a sampling of the stories in Issue No. 18—there’s plenty more to see in the full print version!

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Big News

by Anh-Minh on January 1, 2015

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I’ll get right to the point: Meg and I have decided that this will be our final year publishing Anthology.

Since the magazine is a very personal project, it doesn’t seem right to simply make this announcement without providing a bit of history …

In early 2010, I posted on Facebook that I was considering starting a magazine. At the time, several of my favorite publications had recently closed and, increasingly, I found myself walking away from newsstands empty handed—and disheartened. It turns out, I wasn’t the only one feeling this way: Meg responded to my post suggesting we talk.

Like me, she also refused to believe that print was dead. During our discussions, we realized that we shared a vision for our ideal magazine. Most importantly, it should be about the narrative—the story of homeowners and makers, their spaces and objects. With our combined backgrounds in design and writing, we thought we had the perspective to make it work. We contacted talented photographers, writers, stylists, and graphic designers we knew to gauge their interest. Soon, we had our first photo shoot lined up: a lovely home in Venice, California. Once that was scheduled, I remember saying to Meg, I guess we’re really doing this!

Days before we officially announced our existence, I worried about what the reception would be to our grassroots effort, an independently published magazine. Since we used our very small marketing budget to create a short promotional stop-motion video, we relied on bloggers (thank you!) to show the film and spread the word about the magazine. And I can’t even describe the thrill of seeing the orders come in—the validation that there were others out there who still valued print and the importance of longer form storytelling. And we continue to be grateful for every single reader.

Last spring, we started thinking about the future of Anthology, what we had accomplished as well as what we thought we could still accomplish. We felt like we achieved our main goal: to create a visually exciting magazine that told meaningful stories about people and places. And it found an audience! We grew to distribute the magazine around the world, from the Bay Area to Beirut. There are so many folks whose work we admire, who we had a chance to connect with for the magazine and whose stories we were fortunate enough to chronicle. (Among the biggest pinch-me moments was Todd Oldham photographing Amy Sedaris for Issue No. 7.)

Meg and I concluded that a five-year run for the magazine felt right. So Anthology will be in print for four more issues: Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 (which will be released toward the end of this month), Issue No. 19/Spring 2015, Issue No. 20/Summer 2015, and Issue No. 21/Fall 2015. The Fall 2015 issue, which comes out in late October, will be our last one.

Rest assured that we’re working hard on the shoots and stories for the remaining issues. We’re excited about the content we’ve got lined up for all of them. We’ve already wrapped Issue No. 18, which is our color-themed edition, and we cannot wait to share it with you. (We’ll have a preview available on the site in a couple of weeks.) In our final year, we’ll deliver the same quality content and visuals you’ve come expect. We’re aiming to go out on a high note!

If you’re a subscriber, you’ll still receive all four issues in your subscription. Once your subscription expires, though, there won’t be an option to purchase a new one. For example: If your subscription ends with Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 and you would like to buy the remaining 2015 issues, please visit one of our stockists. (To make things easier, we’ve added asterisks next to the stores that sell the magazine online.) We don’t currently have plans to offer single-issue sales on our site or pro-rated subscriptions. But should that change, we’ll definitely post something here, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

We’ll continue to share our favorite things on the blog through the end of the year. And we’ll still be on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We’d like to thank all of our collaborators, readers, sponsors, and followers for supporting Anthology over the years. Meg and I have learned so much about publishing—most of it by trial and error—and we truly appreciate the important part you played in this incredible experience. As we enter a new year, we’re filled with gratitude as well as excitement for what’s still to come.

Warmly,

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Anthology-Dahlin-al-frescoI know a lot of people suffer from entertaining fatigue after the holidays, but not me. I love the idea of starting off a new calendar year by getting together with friends—recapping the past year, while also celebrating the beginning of the next one and the opportunities that it presents. So I’ve been taking yet another look at the entertaining story from Issue No. 17/Fall 2014, which featured L.A.-based interior designer Isabelle Dahlin and her chef-husband Brandon Boudet. (It’s even been warm enough lately in the Bay Area for me to consider an alfresco gathering like theirs!)

I recently realized that there are outtakes from our shoot with the couple that haven’t been shared yet, and figured it’s a good time to do just that. Maybe seeing these images will inspire your own gathering. And if you’re interested in the recipes from the article—I’m especially looking forward to making Brandon’s Herbed Cauliflower “Rice”—you can still purchase Issue No. 17 through most of our stockists.

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I love the glimpses of Isabelle’s indoor and outdoor decor in these photos. If you’re as big a fan of her style as I am, and you’re in the L.A. area, be sure to visit her shop, deKor. (I was happy to see that the swing she installed in her living room is available online!)

{ All images by Amy Dickerson for Anthology Magazine }

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