Looking for a break from social media and the daily news cycle? At the rescue is Berlin’s thriving indie magazine scene and these three freshly-released issues. First up is The Lissome, a sustainable fashion magazine that since its founding as an online publication in 2015 has offered critical perspectives on the future of fashion. Now the publication is back with its second print edition – Rewilding – featuring 160 pages of editorials, essays and interviews that cross over into areas such as design, society and the environment (expect the likes of poetry about the impact of light pollution). Breaking up these thoughtful, well-researched words are lush full-page photo spreads courtesy of “sustainable photographer” Anna Rosa Krau.
Just as visually striking is the first edition of Para, the “journal for text and image” launched in 2020 by Berlin-based editor Timon Mürer. The theme of this 160-page, illustration-packed publication is “getting lost”, with contributions in English and German from 33 artists and writers from 11 countries addressing subjects such as identity, sex and the pandemic. The writing is by turns poetic and enigmatic, though this is nicely balanced out by the glossy full-page photos. Finally, Soft Eis is the arts and culture magazine started in 2019 that is back with a second issue that explores what is undoubtedly the topic of our era: identity. Given the complexity of this subject, it’s no surprise that the edition stretches to 300 pages, with interviews, essays and stories that always return to the same question: “Who am I?”. 50 contributors share stories of drag culture in Croatia, racial identity in America and the role nightclubs play in safeguarding authenticity. The magazine’s layout is full of surprises, with funky fonts, film photography and textured graphics that give it a 90s rave aesthetic. This kind of careful design can be seen in all three magazines, earning them the right to a prominent place on your coffee table. Time to unplug and dive into print!
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophie Doering & Soft Eis