Kinfolk Issue Eighteen

$18

Introducing the Design Issue

For our winter edition, we explore the relationship between community and design. How can design strengthen bonds with our families, friends and neighbors? And how can good design improve our quality of life?

Design is a type of communication. It’s about the way an object or idea speaks to its audience. But good design not only gets its message across—it also engages us in a conversation. The voices in this issue’s pages have taught us that there’s no set of rules that govern what constitutes “good design.”

Form doesn’t have to follow function, function doesn’t have to follow form—in fact, there shouldn’t be any following at all, only leading.

DETAILS

160 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper. Printed in Canada.

Publication date: November 25th, 2016

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Issue Eighteen Stories

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A View from the Porch

The shapes and sizes of our homes are changing, and society along with it. Avi Friedman has come to make sense of the new era of household realities.

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Connecting the Lots

City planners may shape streets and devise green spaces, but building community really starts where the pavement ends.

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Order in the Courts

Sporting endeavors keep us in shape and form shapes of their own: we take a closer look at the graphic patterns inherent in the athletic field.

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Max Lamb

Whether designing a chair, a teaspoon or a shop’s interior, this British industrial designer takes the concept of community into his own hands.

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Margaret Howell

By forgoing trends in favor of classic patterns with distinctive details, Margaret Howell draws from her childhood memories to create simple pieces.

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Kai Avent-deLeon

Like her mother and grandmother before her, Kai Avent-deLeon has used grassroots innovation—and a dose of caffeine—to cultivate community in Brooklyn.

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The Black and White Menu

Despite being devoid of color, this menu is by no means short on taste—by limiting some of our senses, we can amplify others.

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Nikolaj and Mathias Mentze

As brothers and partners, this Danish design duo has learned to toe the line between combining complementary aesthetics and maintaining individuality.

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Happiness by Design

Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being.

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The Nature of Desirability

The head of Harvard’s Desirability Lab examines what consumers like and why so designers can create products that hit the sweet spot.

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Natasha Jen

Over the past 15 years, this New York-based designer has come a complete, digitally rendered circle from aspiring intern to inspiring leader.

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Sense in Symmetry

From radial swirls to mirror images, the natural world often shows that there’s beauty in balance.

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