The 21st issue of A Magazine has been curated by Lucie and Luke Meier, the co-creative directors of Jil Sander. The Meiers approached their ‘carte blanche’ project for A Magazine as a call for reflection and an open dialogue on the dualities of the one theme that is present in all of their work – HUMAN NATURE / MOTHER NATURE.
A potent juxtaposition of the natural world with the constructs of built architecture and human cultural phenomena within recent history forms the basis of this document. Breathtaking landscapes are intertwined throughout, with arresting scenes of fragile beauty captured on both a micro and macro scale. The geographic culmination of the Meiers’ lives and careers is presented with stories from the Canadian wilderness to the Swiss Alps, passing through the streets of Paris and Florence, and the work spaces of artists across Europe and the United States. Personal contributions abound, with reflections on the theme offered through photography and painting, illustration, interviews, music and poetry, as well as essays deconstructing liberal arts education at Black Mountain College and sustainability in fashion today.
Historical works from the Meiers’ distinct canon of modern art favourites are juxtaposed with new imagery from a host of new and established names in photography across 200 pages arranged in the form of visual ‘plates’ in the tradition of art book publishing, with the issue’s text component appearing as a ‘legend’ to close the magazine. A keen emphasis on family sees many projects executed by teams consisting of husbands, wives, brothers and sisters, as well as drawings by children from the Meiers’ extended family and friends.
A Magazine #21 is offset-printed on Lenza recycled paper made in Italy, featuring a 3D-scanned cover replicating a Japanese floral washi paper handmade in the hills of the Noto peninsula by a 3rd generation paper maker. The issue is stitch-bound with an invisible spine and printed in the Aosta region of northern Italy. Inspired by the Swiss franc coin, a unique font typeface entitled ‘Meier’ designed by Buero Paris has been incorporated into the issue."