Anthology: living with substance & style…
Posted in creative ventures, interiors, pia's photos February 18th, 2011 by pia

Anthology, issue no. 2, “where the Past Meets the Present”

Conversation, with Leslie Oschmann from Swarm

…Conversation, page 2…

A few months ago I had the good fortune of being asked to photograph my dear friend Leslie’s home in Amsterdam for the newest issue of Anthology. For those who don’t know, Anthology is the new kid on the block in the shelter and lifestyle print magazine world. The first issue launched at the end of last year with a whopping online ovation, and a great marketing campaign announcing that ‘print is not dead’…

the cover for the first issue of Anthology, “The Slow Life”

The other day, I received a copy each of the first two issues and I’m rapt to report that this magazine deserves all the applause it has received since its inception.  Founded by Meg Mateo Ilasco (author of the wonderful Craft, Inc & Crafting a Meaningful Home books) and the ever-lovely Anh-Minh Le, Anthology cleverly fills the gap that has been so needed in this market – a lifestyle mag about real people in real homes, sharing their lives and inspiration in an open,  pared back, intelligent, and untainted-by-heavy-advertising way. The layouts are beautiful, crisp and simple, the paper quality and texture is lovely, the “shopkeeper’s picks” are thoughtful & unique, and the home stories are modern, content-rich & refreshing. There are some really interesting ‘in every issue’ pieces, like the ‘making the magazine’ spread which, in issue no. 2 features illustrations depicting quirky behind the scenes tidbits  (story locations, sightings during the production, ‘drinks consumed on set’).  Also in issue no. 2, “Where the Past meets the Present”, there is a knock out visual travelogue by Jen Siska who uses both high and low-fi cameras to showcase Palm Springs. The results are stunning…

a sneak peek at jen siska’s palm springs visual travelogue

A big congratulations to Meg and Anh-Minh for creating a beautiful publication. It’s an honour to be a contributor, here’s cheers to print being alive and kicking!


PS yes that was my first exclamation mark in weeks. (!!)
PPS preview both issues online right here. You can order Anthology online, and for a worldwide stockists list, click here.

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  1. Maria @ Scandifoodie says

    That is one gorgeous magazine and congratulations on the feature!

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  3. Affie says

    Looks amazing! I can’t wait to have a read when I get to the UK!!! (ok, I added those extra !’s for you!)

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  4. meenal@maison marigold says

    What a gorgeous magazine..I just previewed both issues online..they have a very refreshing outlook ..Even though the online lifestyle magazines are a great resource for decorators and I do love them..I always prefer flipping through a hard copy…. Its a pity they wont ship to India 🙁

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  5. jen says

    it looks so amazing! can’t wait to receive my copy. it has a palm springs travelogue-oh no, i’m in trouble. that is one of my dream destinations right now.

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  6. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says

    Oh wow super congrats, gorgeous!!!

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  7. annawithlove says

    congrats on the feature!! fantastic!

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  8. beth says

    Hooray! I’ve been looking for new printed material to receive in the post, and this looks like my winner. I for one still like having actual printed books and good magazines, despite the many hours I spend online. Congratulations to you!

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  9. judith b says

    Awww, you can never use too many exclamation points in my book (a fellow abuser here). “Anthropology” looks truly yummy and glad to hear you are a part of it.

    There. Un peu plat, non, sans les points d’excla?

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  10. Maia says

    It looks beautiful, and as an erstwhile journalist, it does my heart good to see people fighting the decline of print.

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  11. Ana says

    Congratulations! I love Anthology.

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  12. jen says

    i want to subscribe right away!!thanks Pia 😉

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  13. Mandy says

    Well done on the feature and what a great magazine … online can never replace the thrill of the pages of a new magazine for me !!!

    February 19th, 2011 | #

  14. Jan Fawke says

    Is it available in Sydney? I’m addicted to shelter mags.

    February 19th, 2011 | #

  15. sarah-jane down the lane says

    Thanks for this Pia ~ I am completely sold on it!
    Did you see “Oh Comely” magazine before you left Europe? Another great magazine recently launched.

    Sarah x

    February 19th, 2011 | #

  16. Lucy says

    I love magazines and I DO NOT THINK print is dead…but I know many people do. Although there are many magazines out there that I DO NOT LIKE for multiple reasons…(like they make you feel ugly). This magazine looks like one I will check out. Congrats on being a part of it.

    February 21st, 2011 | #

  17. reflectionsofanartoholic says

    Hi there…congratulations on the feature!

    February 21st, 2011 | #

  18. Jane says

    Congratulations on the feature!The magazine looks gorgeous.

    Oh my! I use exclamation marks wholesale…I’ve reached the age of 61 and I’m going to live the rest of my time in true exclamation style!

    February 21st, 2011 | #

  19. Sweet Freak says

    Yay for print! Yay for Anthology! And yay for triple exclamation points!

    February 21st, 2011 | #

  20. Claire says

    This mag is going to become a staple in my life.. i can feel it.xo

    February 23rd, 2011 | #

  21. Sarah Piper says

    That magazine is so stinkin’ smart and gorgeous. Just the other day I was dreaming up pitches to get some writing in there. Congrats on the spread!

    February 23rd, 2011 | #

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