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Lagom #4

With stories from Singapore to Brooklyn, South Africa to Greenland, issue 4 is our most global yet. If this issue has a theme, it would be the idea of breathing new life into the old — whether that’s keeping traditions alive in our northernmost stop of Greenland, bringing silent film scoring into the 21st century, transforming a derelict building into a thriving community space in Belgrade, or shipping rum by wind-powered tall ship across the Atlantic. And as always, we celebrate makers such as Brooklyn-based surfboard maker, Kyle Black.

Lagom is perfect-bound and printed on uncoated stock (300gsm cover, 140gsm interior), with a foil-blocked cover. Issue #4 contains 132 pages.

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Spaces & Places

South Africa’s Hidden Hub of Creativity

Durban’s creative scene remains relatively unknown on the world stage, but given the innovative businesses and projects coming out of this coastal city, it might soon earn its place on the map, as Megan and Wesley van Eeden discover.

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Jogging Stockholm

Surrounded by water and open spaces, it’s little wonder that jogging is such a popular pastime in Sweden’s capital. Jazz musician Robert Ikiz shares some of the best locations to run around the city.

Eatery Spotlight: The Attendant, London

An underground public toilet might not be the first place you’d expect to find great coffee and delicious food, but for Lagom’s first-ever Eatery Spotlight, we discovered just that in The Attendant — as well as a story of sustainability that goes far beyond upcycled urinals.

Foundations of a Community

Look behind the crumbling walls of Spanish House, in Belgrade’s Savamala district, and you’ll find a diverse community of artists and activists creating a public space shaped by local people.

Stockist Spotlight: ZÅMM Coffee

Every issue we turn the spotlight to one of our favourite stockists around the world. Nestled in central Vienna, Austria, ZÅMM Coffee is a shop that came about from a love of good coffee, design, and independent magazines. We talk to founder Maximilian Huber.

Hotel Spotlight: Wanderlust, Singapore

Located amidst the historic and colourful district of Little India in Singapore, Wanderlust combines old-world charm and bold, modern design in an unexpected way, where a step onto each floor is an adventure.

Craft & Create

Making Waves

A passion for surfing is what binds lifestyle and livelihood together for Kyle Black, founder of Brooklyn Surf Company. He shares what drives him to push the boundaries of surfboard design.

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Artist Spotlight: McBess

Artist Matthieu Bessudo — better known as McBess — creates stunning black and cream illustrations inspired by 1920s cartoons, but with a dark twist and a knowing wink. We speak to him about his approach, his attitude to commercial work, and, of course, meat.

Sense of Place

Barnaby Steel, of virtual reality agency Marshmallow Laser Feast, allows people to experience a world beyond human senses. We look behind the doors of his home and warehouse studio.

The Sound of Silence

Portuguese musician Pedro Marques Pereira challenges the notion that playing live music to accompany silent films is a thing of the past, bringing it boldly into the 21st century in the guise of colourful character Charlie Mancini.

Carving Among Icebergs

Talia Carlisle and Thomas Seear-Budd visit carver Kim Kristensen’s studio nestled high on the hills of Greenland’s west coast, and discover his passion for carving and carrying on Greenlandic tradition.

Milan’s Hidden Kitchen

Most kitchens would be shut down for having insects behind their doors — but not Milan’s Taboolata, which has them on their menu. We take a look at the restaurant that boldly sets out to challenge Western society’s popular culinary perceptions.

Escape & Recharge

On The Right Track

Drogo Michie juggles the hectic life of an art director with the adrenalin-fuelled pastime of flat track bike racing. Although the two worlds often collide — sometimes quite literally — the sport enables him to find a true escape from the everyday.

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Trading Places

Powered by the wind and aided by the latest information technology, New Dawn Traders take cargo shipping back to its roots, as founder Alexandra Geldenhuys explains, by transporting rum and cocoa around the world in a traditional sail ship.

Recipe: Clams Steamed with White Wine & Lemon Caper Salsa Verde

Our regular recipe-creating duo St-Amand Cassidy return to serve up this delicious, summery dish. Once again, they’re drawing inspiration from an old book published in their native Canada, and giving it a distinctly modern twist.

In Search of Audio Imperfection

Speaking to musical pioneers Brian Eno and Trevor Jackson, Chris May questions whether modern music production lacks the charm of imperfection found in its analogue heyday. And perhaps the same is true of modern music consumption — where are the scratches in streaming?

A Taste of Paradise

Transport yourself to the tropics with Alexandra Geldenhuys’s favourite rum cocktail recipes.

Eat Dirt

Soil itself is transformed into edible objects of art under artist Betsy Hinze’s watchful eye. Based in Eugene, Oregon, her work intersects ecology, food, and form, all brought to life through interactive installations featuring Betsy herself as designer and mistress of ceremonies.