Monday, 6 June 2011

Lula issue 12

The harder something is to obtain the more desperately people want it - and so Lula magazine is searched for the world over, copies disappear off shelves overnight and, with this, we bid a warm welcome to the latest installment where, once again, this ethereal publication exceeds itself in beauty and sophistication.

Where Issue #11 which featured, amongst others, Charlotte Gainsbourg on the cover and guest editors Rodarte, this issue of 'Girl of my dreams' is a little more understated yet still an absolute delight to pick up, let alone read.

Once apon a time: the ever-charming Peter Copping discussess his delicious lt delicate designs for nina ricci

The Dancer: retired Canadian ballet dancer, and current Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, Karen Kain, talks swan lake at nineteen and date nights with her husband of 29yrs

This side of paradise: with girl. the new line for his label, scott sternberg embraces unbashed feminity with delicate results

Edited by Leith Clark, Lula is created for people of the world who love fashion, music, art, & make believe. It is gentle, whimsical and ethereal in tone, mixing high fashion to fall in love with and interviews that feel like late night chats with people you wish you knew.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Apartamento - Interior Living Magazine

Just arrived at Material is the issue 07 of Apartamento magazine. A compact interiors magazine dedicated to interior living spaces and the people who live in them.

This issue features interviews looking into the personal lives of Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi, a design mom who presented an extensive contribution to the post-war design scene; Bruce Benderson, a writer and a lover of coffee (followed by Prosecco) who profiled houses such as John Waters' Baltimore Italiante villa for the publication Nest. Aldo & Marirosa, the italian photographers share their 40 years of capturing the architectural and design scene and the narrative behind the photographs.

Also included are conversations with Arquitectura-G with 'Shall we build a house?'; Bricks, a collection of all shapes and sizes of bricks arranged playfully and somewhat artistically; oficio y criterio, a project that entails the vision and creative approach of 10 Spanish companies.

+ A feature with in this issue, the everday life food supplement, filled with extensive essays and talks about information of food and ideas around eating and dining.

Get your copy in-store today.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Negative taking on positive in America and the Tintype

An inauspicious form of photography, the Tintype is an exclusively 19th century American phenomenon that provided extraordinary insight into the political upheavals of the American Civil War. Not only was it popularised by it's use to create political campaign buttons in the 1860s, it was also a low cost photography method that was widely marketed as affordable, portable, unique, and available almost everywhere.

This new addition to our book selection at Material, America and the Tintype gives a wonderful overview of the decline of Victorian middle classes in America and the rise of prosperity and leisure time. Many of the images collated for this book were all unidentified photographers documenting a wealth of images of the 19th century working classes and presenting wonderful documentation of the development of national attitudes and characteristics in the formative years of the early modern era. The book presents the life of those form various walks including bellringers, minstrels, a butcher, and a blind girl. Their image is captured by this dramatic form of photography providing a startlingly candid record of the political upheavals that rocked the four decades following the American Civil War, and the personal anxieties they induced.

As the Tintype studio was also said to have become a place for the public to role play and perform many responses to this photographic medium clearly defined leisurely humorous staged shenanigans of masked men in mock sword fights, men staging a robbery and saloon brawls. This, in turn, creates a fascinating study of the first truly democratic form of photographic portraiture where people openly displayed their individuality.

Produced in hardback ?? £32 // 272 pages // 200 colour plates
This title is available in store and shortly, online

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

LE GUN 1 2 3 Special Offer

The much-praised illustration collective LE GUN came together in 2004 to produce the magazine of the same name, the group's core Neal Fox, Chris Bianchi, Steph Von Reiswitz, Alex Wright, Matthew Appleton, Bill Bragg and Robert Greene began to conceive a range of projects initially to raise funds and publicise the magazine.

The first three issues of LE GUN came and went, making an a big impact with a small print run and leaving people searching for copies to no avail. Now... the long awaited annual of these first 3 issues is now available. Printed and bound in Hardback, LE GUN 1,2,3 is a compilation of the first three LE GUN publications 2004 - 2010.

Launched alongside LE GUN #5 at the Close Eyes to Exit exhibition at The Red Gallery last month, we are offering LE GUN 1, 2, 3 at a special price of £65 plus free p&p. To take advanatage of this offer, visit our website here

Thursday, 21 April 2011


Nick Morley’s World of Wonder 16th April - 13th May 2011

With his current exhibition at Material, Nick Morley brings his discerning eye and unique humour to the world of discovery, exploration and adventure. The exhibition draws inspiration from dusty museums, science textbooks, National Geographic and the pioneer spirit of the likes of Jacques Cousteau & Ernest Shackleton.

As an illustrator Nick has worked for The Times and Icon magazine and has produced book covers for Penguin, Faber & Faber and Folio Society. His fascination with old imagery in books and magazines has influenced his own practice which is grounded in drawing and encompasses prints, text works, drawings and artist books.

Look out for Nick's new book covers for penguin or have a sneak peak here and don't forget to come and see the show.

Saturday, 16 April 2011


This Saturday afternoon LE GUN and Bare Bones artists and contributors will be gathering to kiss goodbye to their exhibition with a few drinks, as well as sign copies of the aforementioned publications for anyone who wants one... plus Midlife Crisis DJ's, and artist / taro reader - Kevin Quigley presents for you - MYSTER K'S MYSTIC METAL TARO EMPORIUM (tarot reading / metal disco)
4 til 8pm Saturday, at CLOSE EYES TO EXIT, Red Gallery, Rivington Street London E2

Wednesday, 23 March 2011


The new issue of i-D has just landed on our doorstep and we have to say that you simply must check it out. This issue is the exhibitionist issue featuring Mugler Madness plus, there is a full page article on the illustration collective LE GUN which references the upcoming LE GUN/ BARE BONES exhibition and launch CLOSE EYES TO EXIT at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch this April featuring a shop curated by ourselves. Not to mention, the article is written by Lucy of Material herself so get a load of her writing skills!

Click here to buy online

Close Eyes to Exit, Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London, EC2 3JL
2 April - 18 April 2011, Saturday - Sunday 10am-8pm