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

Sunday, 20 March 2011

LE GUN 1,2.3

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 has arrived this week. Printed and bound in Hardback, LE GUN 1,2,3 is a compilation of the first three LE GUN publications 2004 - 2010.

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, Robert Greene and Amelia Johnstone began to conceive a range of projects initially to raise funds and publicise the magazine.

RRP £85

Also, look out for the exhibition CLOSE EYES TO EXIT where the eclectic international art annual LE GUN launches its fifth issue & its promiscuous mutant sister publication BARE BONES releases number 6 upon the masses. Plus MATERIAL will be guest curating the exhibition shop during the exciting events being held at Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, London. Launch & Events kick off on All Fool's Day 2011 (1st of April) with events & the exhibition running until April 18th. So head down if you can...

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

Sunday, 13 March 2011

NEW Selvedge - Localisation !

The next issue of selvedge is about to hit the shelves of Material.
This issues is crammed with Localisation, Laundry, Living & Linen.
With articles about pegs, how to go about a career in textiles & beautiful images from Christine Mayer's collection that brings fashion, charity & recycling all together !
Not to be missed this month - come grab your copy !

RRP £9.95

Friday, 11 March 2011


Fresh from the Soop kitchen, these wonderful rings by top chef Wai-Lian Scannell arrived on our doorstep this morning.

Guaranteed to delight, you can choose from three different flavour ranges: The City Farm; The Enchanted Forest or The Wild Bunch and mix and match them at your own will. These rings look great on their own but, at a mere £7 each, why not group several together to create your own farm on your finger.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


The Gentlewoman
Spring and Summer 2011
Issue nº 3

The Gentlewoman is a new biannual style magazine for a new decade. Featuring inspirational, international women, it pairs ambitious journalism with a sartorial and intelligent perspective on fashion that is focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.

An extravaganza of female politics, power and good looks, the third installment of The Gentlewoman features in-depth interviews with the opinionated, passionate women who are taking the international stage: singer Adele Adkins, writer Fatima Bhutto, activist Mabel van Oranje, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Frances Prenna Jones, Colette’s creative director Sarah and artist Germaine Kruip. The issue is accentuated by upbeat fashion series by renowned photographers such as Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Alasdair McLellan, Willy Vanderperre, Liz Collins, Daniel Riera, Robi Rodriguez and Benjamin Alexander Huseby.

The fabulous women’s magazine, on newsstands from 4 March, 2011 in the UK
and worldwide thereafter.

On the cover,
Adele Adkins wears a black and white print cloque dress by Céline, with ring by Dalila Barkache.
Photography by Alasdair McLellan, styling by Jonathan Kaye, hair and make-up by Michael Ashton.

The Gentlewoman is £5
You can buy it in store or online

Monday, 7 March 2011


An artist and illustrator working in London, Nick Morley’s idiosyncratic and wryly humurous take on the human condition manifests itself through drawings, prints, books and interactive works. He thinks of his job as an artist as looking at the world with fresh eyes, slowing down time to notice things that might be missed in the scrum of modern living and looking to the past as well as the future for inspiration.

This April, Nick will be exhibiting at Material in a show titled Nick Morley's World of Wonders, an exhibition inspired by the world of discovery, exploration and the spirit of the pioneer.

To compliment the exhibition, Nick will also be running a linocut workshop where participants will produce a series of linocuts to illustrate a story, poem or other narrative. You can find out more by dropping us an email at

Also, feast your eyes on this month's Icon Magazine with cover illustration by Nick Morley of MAD's Absolute Towers which are topping out in Canada. It explores the idea of originality in architecture and design by focusing on the work of two young practices.

Nick Morley’s World of Wonder
Exhibition from 16th April - 13th May 2011, Material, Ludlow SY8 2PG
Private view 15th April 2011, 6 till 8pm

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


A new arrival at our store this week is this delightful new title by Jean Jacques Sempé Raoul Taburin Keeps A Secret.

Like a man that likes all things naval, but can't swim, Raoul Taburin loves bicycles and knows everything under the sun about them except for knowing how to ride one and this is something he is more than a little ashamed of. With a plot that is slightly reminiscent of Sylvian Chomet's Belle Ville Rendez-Voush, Raoul Taburin Keeps a Secret is a funny and charming story about friendship, honesty and competitive bicycle racing, where seizing the moment and being true to yourself turn out to be just as important as winning a stage of the Tour de France.

With his cartoons and illustrations often featured on the cover of The New Yorkers, Jean Jacques Sempé is world renowned and particularly famous for the classic children’s-book character, Nicholas, and author of a collection of some thirty albums of his cartoons and graphic novels.

96 pp
68 colour illustrations, 10 black and white illustrations
Published by Phaidon Press

Sunday, 27 February 2011


Arriving next week to material is the jam packed CRAP HOUND magazine.
This publication is FULL of imagery, every pages covered with high contrast art collected from vintage advertising, catalogues, obscure publication & found ephemera.
Each issue focuses on a series of objects/topics, the most recent looks at imagery relating to churche & state.
Page after page of glorious religious and patriotic images !

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


For those who have had enough or certainly will have done when the time comes, graphic design Lydia Leith has created these rather appropriate Royal Wedding Sick Bags. Hand screen printed, the bags feature an illustration of Wills and Kate (sporting the rags they wore on the engagement, of course) proudly standing above a caption of recommended use "Keep this handy on April 29th".

Arriving at Material next week, the first print run of these "Throne Up" bags sold out some time ago, so there's no doubt these ones will waltz out of the door...

Reserve yours now to be sure to have one in time for the big day.

Royal Wedding Souvenir Sick Bags
Available in Royal Blue or Pillar Box Red
£3 each
Available in store or online from 3rd March

Saturday, 19 February 2011


Two new additions to Material, these wonderful screen prints by friend and designer William Jean have been in our possession for a few months now and, after some deliberation over the vastness of Fléches, we finally got them up...

Fléches // silk screen print // 120 x 176cm // edition of 50 // £300

A truly stunning print, Fléches, pictured above, is printed on the grand scale of 120cm x 176cm and has quite an impact. Based on the translation of the word: literally, arrow, from Old French fleche, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch vlieke arrow, Old English flēogan to fly the print was produced for William Jean's exhibition at the Festival International de l'affiches et du Graphisme in Chaumont 2010.

Infini // silk screen print // 100 x 80cm // edition of 50 // £100

Infini is £100 unframed / £185 framed (trimmed) and is also available to buy online

Thursday, 17 February 2011


The new issue of Mark (No 30) has just arrived on our doorstep. This issue has a fabulous dye cut coverand features the following visionaries...


With features including two architects covering historic buildings in glazed roofs, developments in New Cairo and a concrete building in Tokyo wrapped in steel, this one is not to be missed.

Mark magazine is £14 and available in store. For more information, visit the Mark website

Sunday, 13 February 2011


New to material this week...
Great printed TAPE by rob ryan.
£10.50 for a whopping 66metre length and 5cm width.

Lots of different designs - pop in to see which suits your package !

Sunday, 6 February 2011


The new issue of LOVE magazine has hit the shelves of material !
This Androgyny issue pack full of glamour, decadence & flamboyance. This issue plays with gender on every level !
Come get your copy !
Ohh & don't forget to flip it over to get your Justin Bieber fix for February.

£6.00 in store.

Thursday, 3 February 2011


We would like to introduce you to the rabbit, a charming little fella from the Leporidae family, he is full of energy and optimism. In 2011 he will be motivating us all to try something new, from nosing around neighboring warrens to meet new friends to dumping the daily grind of the grass eating job to follow your dream; be it selling Duracell batteries or ferrying drinks in for Mr Heffner.

Pass on good wishes for 2011 with these beautiful handprinted cards by Wuon Gean.

£3.50 each available in store or via mail order

Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Buy Moomins 1-5 for the price of 4- that's 20% off (oh yes, we did the math)...

We all know and love Tove Jansson's classic, Moomins and we have been stocking the books published by Drawn & Quarterly at Material for some time now. This month, we are offering you the chance to purchase Books One to Five: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip for the price of four.

The books feature the strips drawn by Tove Jansson and written by her brother Lars for the London Evening News, before Lars took over both the art and the writing.

Lose yourself in these charming tales of Moomin Valley with stories such as "Moomin Under Sail," where the Moomins find themselves without a new adventure until Too-Ticky's compass gives them the idea to build a boat and head to sea and the story of the fickle and eternally lovestruck Mymble and Snorkmaiden who find themselves in competition over a thrilling new man.

"A lost treasure now rediscovered--one of the sweetest, strangest comics strips ever drawn or written. A surrealist masterpiece. Honest." --Neil Gaiman

The books retail at £12.99 each. To buy the set for our special price, visit our online store

Saturday, 22 January 2011


With a whopping 720 pages and a scale of 29 x 39.5 cm, the new addition to our bigger, bolder book collection, 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking has been gaining a lot of attention since it arrived in store this morning...

More than 40,000 comic books later, in honor of the publisher’s 75th anniversary, TASCHEN has produced the single most comprehensive book on DC Comics, in an XL edition even Superman might have trouble lifting. More than 2,000 images—covers and interiors, original illustrations, photographs, film stills, and collectibles—are reproduced using the latest technology to bring the story lines, the characters, and their creators to vibrant life as they’ve never been seen before. Telling the tales behind the tomes is 38-year DC veteran Paul Levitz, whose in-depth essays trace the company’s history, from its pulp origins through to the future of digital publishing. This most certainly is a book to drool over.

The book is £135 and comes with a beautifully illustrated box.