InBox 002 — Colours and Flavours

Published:  February 1, 2013
Heath Killen
InBox 002 — Colours and Flavours

InBox is a new regular feature that is dedicated to sharing some of the great stuff that we get sent from all over the world. It features short reviews of books, magazines, records, movies, products, and other design ephemera.

If you have something you’d like us to take a look at, please don’t hesitate to post it or email the details to us first.

This week we’re taking a look at the latest issue of Colors Magazine, a book that explores Melbourne’s food culture, a new publication on contemporary Japanese design, and Jeremy Saunders’ new limited edition book on the films of David Lynch.


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The recent Colors “Survival Guide” series is unlike anything else on newsstands right now. Under the guidance of editor-in-chief Patrick Waterhouse, the international team behind magazine have managed to stay true to the remit established by founders Tibor Kalman and Oliviero Toscani, but at the same time they’ve been able to reinvent the publication in a completely original and modern way. Filled with obscure facts, incredible stories, and powerful imagery – each new quarterly edition is a revelation.

This particular issue, Going to Market, features articles on the sign language of stock exchange floor traders, the international counterfeit art market, sex doll manufacturing in China, and the dark underbelly of US retail giant Walmart. Stimulating and engrossing - Colors continues to provide a window to the real world, and a magazine to get happily lost in.


Flavours of Urban Melbourne

Having lived here for less than a year, Melbourne is still a place that I’m discovering and as I’m sure is the case for most people who spend even a small amount of time here, it’s the restaurants, cafes, and bars that tend to absorb most of ones time and money. But finding the best places to visit isn’t always easy. That former repair shop covered in graffiti might serve the best tacos you’ll ever eat, and at the end of that side-street you’d never think to wander down might be a friendly little bar that offers 100 different kinds of vodka – but without a personal guide, how would you know? That’s what makes Flavours of Urban Melbourne so great. It’s an indispensable tool for navigating the local culinary landscape and a unique way to discover some of the city’s best kept secrets.

But this isn’t just a (big) handy guide, it’s also a quality cookbook. In addition to maps, profiles, photos, and stories, a wide selection of featured chefs all share a recipe for one of their signature dishes. Perfect for visitors who want to relive their experience back at home, or residents just too lazy to traipse across the suburbs. Highly recommend.

Creatives In Japan

If (like me) you have a strong interest in contemporary Japanese culture and design, this book is a must have. Assembled by the staff at QUOTATION magazine, the book is essentially a reference guide to some of the most interesting designers, artists, galleries, and outlets that are currently operating across the country. It’s a surprisingly compressive one too, and it provides a snapshot of the broader Japanese creative culture, taking in everything from skateboarding and cycling, to vintage books and furniture stores, to studios working with public art and civic spaces.

Copies are available from Melbourne’s own Perimeter Books.



You may recall last year we reported on a personal project by Jeremy Saunders called Lynched, where he created new key art series based on the filmography of David Lynch. Well, Saunders has compiled the series into a limited edition hardback book, complete with additional artwork and a short introductory essay.

The book (numbered to only 100) was produced in collaboration with Digital Press and features an extremely thick glossy cover, cloth binding, and of course the gorgeous artwork printed in full colour on sturdy uncoated stock. There are only a few copies left so don’t hesitate to pick one up from Beautiful Pages.

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