If you’ve read our Editors’ Letter from Lagom #10, you’ll know that we’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about the idea of ‘balance’ being a moving target; what might feel like a great balance one day might not further down the line; shifting priorities in life change what kind of goals we set for ourselves in the moment. With all of this in mind, we’ve decided to press pause on the Lagom project.
The new is simply the past, tweaked. Mexico is made up of a rich weave of cultures — Indigenous, Spanish, French, and American — and some of its traditions have survived and evolved through millennia. Mexico City is the great collector of these cultures. Here, they arrive from the States and Pueblos to be transformed into something new. Bold thinking is brought to the old ways in food, drink, design, and art. The younger Mexican generation, with both its forward-thinking global perspective and interest in country’s past riches, is rediscovering, recuperating, and reshaping the traditions that have come before it.
The Scavenger Hut is a bespoke-designed writing studio, and the part-time home of filmmaker and printmaker Anna Hoover. Working with Les Eerkes at Olson Kundig Architects on creating a space that overlooks beautiful Puget Sound in Washington State, Anna has tailored the studio to meet her needs, with dramatic results.
Potter Jono Smart traded in his successful career in the fast-paced world of advertising for the tactile experience of working with clay in his Glasgow studio. He credits the craft for more than just a career change, enabling him to recover from long-term depression. Here, he shares what he has learned from his experience as a potter — lessons that can easily be applied to any other profession, and even to other experiences in life.
Coffee shop, coffee roaster, and… architecture studio? It’s all in a day’s work for coffee-loving architect Ole Marius Skjærseth, whose combination of work and play has helped ignite a passionate coffee scene in one of Norway’s most beautiful cities.
A while ago we announced our partnership with the travel brand Attaché. Now, the 230-page book we’ve made together is available to buy. Expect a guidebook unlike any you’ve seen before, presented with the quality you’ve come to expect of Lagom.
Today, our friends at B&O PLAY are announcing their Spring / Summer 2018 Collection with a seasonal range of limited edition premium headphones and speakers inspired by the vibrant and powerful colours of the ocean.
When selling a product and running a brand in our current age, it’s very easy to get caught up in the idea that quantity trumps quality; that metrics are the only indicator of success; that likes and shares and retweets and clicks dictate what you put out into the world. We’d like to think that we’ve always maintained a healthy degree of scepticism on this subject, but in truth, when we sat down to take a good, hard look at what we’re doing with Lagom online, it’s apparent we’ve actually found ourselves sucked into that mentality to a degree. And we’ve decided to change that.
We spoke to Kate Stables of This Is The Kit — who at the end of 2017 released the breakthrough album ‘Moonshine Freeze’ — about how balance pervades every aspect of her life, from creative productivity, to home life, and social responsibility.
Today we’re announcing the Lagom patronage subscription: a way of showing your support for the publication that will help us continue to run the magazine in an honest, meaningful way. It’s open to anyone, but aimed at small studios looking to provide inspiration for their teams and get a little exposure in the process.
From the day we launched the magazine, we’ve aimed to keep shipping costs simple and fair by offering a flat fee of £4 to anywhere in the world. However, after some number-crunching, we’ve decided that it’s time to update our shipping costs.
Continuing their expansion across the globe, boutique hotel The Hoxton recently opened their doors in Paris, immersing their guests with luxuries and from the 18th century while sympathetically combining it with modern comforts.
Liven up your New Year’s Eve with a taste of paradise. These three cocktails, contributed by New Dawn Traders founder Alex Geldenhuys, draw their influences straight out of tropical Brazil and the Caribbean.
Freelance filmmaker, broadcaster, and photographer Calum Maclean lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland, and as an avid outdoor enthusiast and hill runner, he’s perfectly placed to recharge among stunning the vistas of this dramatic landscape.
Our ancestors started out as nomads, and this book celebrates the fact that the nomadic lifestyle is still very much alive today, in all its varied forms, from the luxury and the eccentric, right through to the practical.
Christmas time is here again, so we felt it was a good opportunity to put together a selection of awesome products from people and brands we've included in past issues. If you're looking for unique gifts that are a bit more special than what you can get on the high street, look no further, and find out about the makers in the process.
Located on a quiet island about halfway between Bergen and Trondheim, Ocean Sound Recordings is a studio like no other: one where artists are encouraged to get off the grid and focus purely on their music — and, of course, the scenery provided by the fjord.
Autumn has to be our favourite time of year, so we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to select some recently-released tracks for this season. So light that fire, wrap around that scarf, and join us for the Lagom Autumn Playlist — and be sure to listen out for Hotter Colder, by This Is The Kit, who we interviewed in our latest issue. The photo on the playlist’s cover is also from the new issue, taken by Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez for her piece on hiking around Burlington.
In the new issue of Lagom, we’ve got a big feature on Casey Elsass, the founder of Brooklyn’s Bushwick Kitchen. We asked him to create a couple of recipes and this first one is his take on a Margarita.
Located at the edge of Söderåsen National Park in southern Sweden in the village of Röstånga is family-run guesthouse Villa Söderåsen. Run by internationally acclaimed techno artist Sebastian Mullaert and his wife Åsa Mullaert, a trained yoga instructor, the couple have been running the guesthouse since early 2016.
Sebastian Mullaert has lent his name to countless techno compositions, all created in his cabin studio deep in the Swedish woods. We visited Sebastian and discovered his passion for being present in the moment, aided by nature and a desire to inspire presence in others.
We’ve collaborated with the talented team at HRDWRKER, who’ve made this film exclusively for Lagom about Lindsey Ross, a vintage process photographer working in Santa Barbara. Lindsay candidly discusses the motivations behind her work, and how she deals with the pitfalls of her trade.
For San Francisco-based designer Cameron Ewing, getting out on the waves is an important part of his week and he frequently rises early to surf before starting his working day. Here he shares an intimate view of the benefits he reaps from his passion with the sport.
This beautiful hard-cover book celebrates the creative vision of architects and home owners who sought to breathe new life into a building, be that a dilapidated barn, old factory, or a family home in need of reimagining.
What started out as a simple business expansion soon took on the idea of becoming something much more collaborative. Now, with two former warehouses turned co-working spaces centred in downtown Melbourne, it seems that Exchange Workspaces has really found its feet.
Caravan is a familiar name in London’s speciality coffee scene, but the company that got its start as a restaurant is about to open a brand new culinary location in Bloomberg Arcade: Caravan City, described as a “multi-terraced all-day dining restaurant, coffee / cocktail bar, and flexible working and events space.”
Calamityware is the one-man band outfit on a mission to bring playful design into everyday homeware. From crockery to fabric and playing cards, Don Moyer’s illustrations introduce unexpected additions to otherwise traditional patterns. Take a closer look and you’ll realise why you shouldn’t take Calamityware willow pattern for granted...
If you’re someone who wants to be able to engage in the art community by discovering new works from emerging artists, but find yourself frustrated by how difficult it can be to access this scene, new subscription service Meum — launched today on Kickstarter — is definitely deserving of your attention.
Refinery High End Coffee Bar has been educating Berliners about just how good coffee can be since opening its doors in 2015, and the local community have embraced the shop and its concept to the extent that co-founders Tansel and Bora Ozbek have now expanded their business, opening Kreuzberg’s Refinery Specialty Coffee Store in July 2017. We spoke to Tansel about their exciting new venue.
Serial hotelier Petter Stordalen saw an opportunity to create something different with the Hobo hotel, which opened its doors just a few weeks ago. The space has been met with an incredible response from locals and visitors, offering a trendy refuge for tourists, but also becoming a staple part of the city’s nightlife. We spoke to House Creator Pauline Högberg.
The practice of paper-cutting is something that requires patience, finesse and a steady hand. Artist Pippa Dyrlaga demonstrates all of these skills and so much more, as she elegantly manipulates an everyday commodity into a work of art. We cut to the chase with Pippa, as she explains the perks of her work and the challenges that arise when working as an independent maker.
From looking for shapes in the world around you, to disconnecting yourself from the digital world and instead surrounding yourself with nature, Be Great, Be Grateful encourages you to find delight in the everyday.
Every month we bring you our collection of ‘Finds’, but this one is special: we’ve put Finds into our latest issue for the first time ever, and so this month we’re republishing that selection of Finds online. All photos and styling by us.
To Øl has quickly become a household name amongst craft beer enthusiasts everywhere. Its success can in part be attributed to its visually stunning bottle and can designs from art director Kasper Ledet.
We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be working with the team behind the award-winning travel show Attaché on their first travel book, and the project is currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
Now summer’s here it’s time for our latest seasonal playlist. This selection of songs (some new, and some not so new) takes a step back from the motivational soundtrack of our spring playlist and winds down to more atmospheric, soothing melodies for long summer evenings.
After interviewing Logan and Nick from Beavertown about their beautiful can artwork in our latest issue — a story you can also find online — we turn our attention to Sweden’s Omnipollo brewery and their resident artist: co-founder Karl Grandin.
While we’ll freely admit to being typography nerds at Lagom, there’s so much more to House Industries than fonts — and there's so much more to their beautiful new book The Process Is the Inspiration than type specimens.
Pottery West is the ceramics studio of husband and wife duo Catherine and Matt West, whose earthy designs and beautiful product photography have amassed a loyal following. Here, Catherine recalls their journey.
Of the things you could expect to find on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic, a tea plantation would probably be among the last on your list. We find out what makes The Azores a prime location for producing one of the world’s best-loved beverages.
Adorned by the vibrant illustrative talents of the brewery’s in-house Creative Director, Nick Dwyer, Beavertown’s beautiful, matte-finish cans have helped popularise the format and represent the brewery’s passion for heightening the experience of beer.
We’re very proud to announce the release of our sixth issue, which we think — in giving more breathing space to beautiful photography, and celebrating the bold entrepreneurial spirit of the world's creative community — is our best yet.
Colin Harmon — founder of Dublin’s renowned specialty coffee house 3fe — offers a helping hand in book form to all those currently working and operating within the specialty coffee industry, as well as those wishing to manage their own space.
What began as a humble barn in Missouri now acts as one of New York City’s key co-working spaces for creatives. The Farm houses a spacious array of facilities, towering over the bustling streets of SoHo.
A sunny Saturday in East London lead us to the shipping container workshop and showroom of leather goods company Craftory, and after a warm welcome and a brief tour of the space, we were dying to know more about founder Mihkel Männik, and the story behind his beautifully produced products.
Web designer and Dribbble co-founder Dan Cederholm talks about how picking up a banjo helped him to combat anxiety and how he now uses it as a way of escaping from the stresses of the day-to-day. And if you think the banjo looks hard, ‘clawhammer’ might just change your mind.
For 3 years now, the allure of The London Coffee Festival has enticed caffeine-lovers everywhere. The festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant coffee scene and gives roasters, product manufactures, baristas, and other industry professionals the opportunity to share their love and knowledge of the world’s favourite beverage.
Nestled in the beautiful and historic Le Marais district of Paris, Artéfact offers a sanctuary for lovers of art and tea — as well as the performative art of tea, which the shop keeps alive with style and sophistication.
If you enjoyed our piece on the enduring craft of screen printing, written by The Old Market Printing Co.’s Jonny Akers, you might enjoy this short film by Alex Blogg that quickly takes viewers through Charlotte and Jonny’s process.
If a Mac repair shop and a cocktail bar sound like an odd combination, be sure to pay a visit to The MacSmiths (in the day) and The Natural Philosopher (at night). These Victorian-themed businesses that share the same space are just about strange enough to work.
Flaunting a long list of collaborative and independent exhibitions, Eloise Dörr has experimented with all manner of artistic media. Be it animation, illustration, or painting the broken decks of her skating comrades, she colourfully celebrates the makes and breaks of modern skateboarding culture.