Following the launch of the Acne Paper Book in June 2021, Acne Paper is returning. Reimagined with a new design direction: expanding to 500 pages, a revised format and higher production values. The new issue is themed the Age of Aquarius.
Noteworthy for both its design and interdisciplinary editorial approach where the past informs the present, Acne Paper will continue to focus on culture in the broadest sense, exploring an eclectic variety of subjects through photography, fashion, art, literature and journalism.
Acne Paper was a biannual magazine that had a brief but remarkable life (2005 – 2014). Fashion spreads were just one element in an editorial mix that focused on culture in the broadest sense, with a keen eye on how the past informs the present. Narrated by a timeless theme explored through photography, art, literature and journalism, Acne Paper published the work of top level contributors from different generations and was admired for its elegant art direction and high production values.
Published by Acne Studios and edited by Thomas Persson, Acne Paper was never a brand magazine in the conventional style. While the fashion stories featured clothes from multiple brands, the editorial topics ranged from 15th century tapestry to LGBTQ culture, from master painting to street photography, from theatre to sculpture, from dance to meditation, to mention but a few.
Titled ‘My Friend Magnus’, a new book published in limited edition by Acne Studios and imagined by creative director Jonny Johansson offers a look at his long-time friend’s fashion archive who is an inspiration for many.
After catching Johansson’s eye with his looks back in the 1990s, Magnus Carlsson has been the cultural curator behind the atmosphere of Acne Studios showrooms as well as the canteen and the library in their emblematic Stockholm HQ, Floragatan 13. His research and creative choices have played an important role in the evolution of Johansson’s vision and therefore the evolution of Acne Studios as a brand. “Throughout the years, his vibrant personality, his taste in books and the references he would find have fuelled my inspiration and helped me in my work.”says Johansson of Carlsson.
The book provides a comprehensive snapshot of Carlsson’s relationship with Johansson and the brand by showcasing over 200 of his outfits as visual collages of design; including a selection of contemporary and archival pieces from Acne Studios. Raw and informal photographs of the looks were captured over an extended period of time by his friends and colleagues. Additionally, the images are accompanied by detailed outfit credits that reveal a unique mix of iconic names from the annals of fashion history. In the book’s preface, Italian fashion writer Angelo Flaccavento addresses the sociological impact of fashion, offering additional context to the imagery.
Colorful, layered and daring; Carlsson’s personal style is not unlike the style of Acne Studios.
In a way, he is a muse of the new era while also representing the meaning of the word in its most traditional sense. Explaining the core objective of ‘My Friend Magnus’, Johansson states: “I wish for this book to give more people a glimpse of the flair that Magnus so effortlessly radiates in the lives of those who personally know him. This is not a volume meant to sit on one’s bookshelf; its purpose is to inspire and encourage others to push the boundaries of self-expression beyond trends, time and gender.”
House Of Acne Paper
The new issue of Acne Paper is created around the idea of a house with a fantasy collection of furniture, art and objects. Not unlike the ballroom scene of the houses of New York and the stage performances of the opera houses of the world, there is a great sense of theatre under our roof. Each room is brimming with talent, knowledge, ideas and conversations. The house of Acne Paper has nine rooms and a garden: ten chapters which features a photographic story by some of the most exciting image makers of today. Behind every door there is a conversation, an informal interview with ten remarkable people from the world of art, design, architecture, performance, literature and interiors. To furnish our imaginary house we have been searching through time and place for the unique: from the most interesting pieces by contemporary designers, to iconic items in the history of decorative arts, from surreal objets d’art, to ancient antiques and invaluable masterworks.
When Acne Paper was relaunched last year, it arrived as a hybrid between a book and a magazine, reimagined in a new format and bold design direction: expanding to 500 pages. The new issue of Acne Paper has taken the idea of a hybrid one step further.
Part biography, part novel, part cultural art journal, part fashion magazine, this experimental and interdisciplinary issue is imagined around the story of Atticus: a fictional personality in the art world who will celebrate his one hundred year birthday during the Acne Paper launch in Milan this November.
The center piece of the publication is a written memoir by Atticus. Within its five chapters Atticus narrates us through his cultured life where he starts out as a dancer, first with Balanchine, then with Merce Cunningham, before becoming an art world personality. In his vivid reflections illuminating chosen moments of his life we meet a dazzling gallery of art world giants, dancers, musicians, writers, designers, architects and people Atticus has admired, encountered and befriended.
Beat Bolliger, Tatiana Gecmen-Waldeck, Fabio Cherstich, James Craven, Andrew Durbin, Pierre-Alexandre Fillaire, Angelo Flaccavento, Michele Fossi, Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni, Justin French, Cho Gi-Seok, Irena Haiduk, Raphael Hirsch, Mark Hughes, Ibrahim Kamara, Paul Kooiker, Jon Levitt, Dimitra Louana Marlanti, Glen Mban, Evan Moffitt, Keisuke Otobe, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, James Spencer, Robbie Spencer, Amelia Stevens and William Waterworth.
Find Acne Paper, Atticus, in selected Acne Studios stores.
Le livre Acne Paper met à l’honneur certaines des plus belles œuvres des archives du magazine. On y trouve également de nouveaux essais de Sarah Mower, Vince Aletti et Robin Muir, rédigés tout spécialement pour ce généreux volume de 568 pages, édité par Thomas Persson, rédacteur en chef et directeur artistique d’Acne Paper.