THE BEST BOUTIQUE MAGAZINES OF 2014

I know it’s only August, but already we’re in the swing of the Boutique Magazine Revolution. The modern appetite for large format reading material has gone far beyond faded and out-of-date copies of National Geographic and Women’s Day strewn about a doctor’s office; modern readers long for more depth than a Cleo sex quiz, they crave the narrative and visual nourishment that neither an advertorial-drenched fashion spread nor a mindless airbrushed lad’s mag can deliver. Today’s intelligent magazine connoisseur wants a more detailed, nuanced and well-designed exploration of who we are and where and why we live, and boy has this year delivered! Here is my pick of 2014’s Best Boutique Magazines:

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PRESENCE
A Quarterly Collection of Interviews with People who Have Interviewed Cate Blanchett

STRUT
The Architecture Journal That Is Anything You Want It to Be As Long As That Is Pictures of Concrete

SEBASTIAN
The Only Magazine Designed and Printed Underneath the Sea

CONSUM´E
64 Thick, Creamy Pages You Can’t Eat But Really Want To

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concrete
From STRUT’s exciting full-colour Winter edition.

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LADGE
Where Narrative, Art and Huge Butts Meet

STÅRK
Celebrating The Home as A Space You Should Never Touch

MISTER PIMM
Generously Spaced Photos of Craft Beers for the Modern Gentleman

CONDONE
Ethical Parkour For Today’s Dog Owner

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interior
A photo from STÅRK’s “Shabby Chic” feature.

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I’M LISTENING
The Magazine for the Skeptical Business Leader Willing to be Won Over

URSUS
Bear Attack/Localvore Narratives

THE RUFFLER
Modern, Empowering and Worryingly Erotic Flipbooks

FARRADICA
The Only Bike Design Quarterly Where Every Second Word is German

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thinking
From I’M LISTENING’s thoughtful photo-essay “Best Poses to Turn Around From When You’re Finally Convinced”.

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DAYME
The Refreshing Modern Biannual for Smart Independent Chicks Who Are Always Whining About Something

851 x 315
Facebook Banners to Cut and Keep

DOWNLODE
Just Podcast Recommendations

TAWNY
Gentle Cardigan Patterns and Light Pencil Sketches of Fanciful Woodland Creatures

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doily
Mild, ethereal controversy arose when TAWNY’s February cover, featuring a non-white doily, was leaked to several Joanna Newsom fansites.

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GLACIER
Journalism So Slow Each Story is Necessarily Completed by The Writer’s Grandchildren

M T H R B R D
Photos of Deconstructed 80s Computers on White Tables, Guaranteed

SCURVI
The Only Magazine Made From and Inspired By Foraged Danish Marsh Plants

FÜ®∫y
We’re Not Even Sure, But It’s $94 An Issue

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eating
??? (photo courtesty FÜ®∫y)

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 I’ll see you at the magazine racks!

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