Issue 15 —

A few years ago we published an issue that was centered on women. Since that moment I have been occupied with the thought of – my apologies in advance to militant feminists – assembling a similar publication, but this time with a focus on men. In short, that’s how the process started, and as a result, we had the opportunity to settle into conversation with both men of the most prominent intellectual, iconic personalities or men just acquiring a reputation.

This time Imola Kiss has asked Francisco Costa, creative director of Calvin Klein, about his personal and professional life. Thanks to her persistence, Imola also managed to catch up with Imran Amed, despite him being constantly on the road. He brought a much-ignored point of view into the world of fashion with his stop-gap website, The Business of Fashion. Fine arts are represented in this issue by Daniel Turner, the young American talent, and István Csákány, who is nearing the most prominent exhibition of his life. Emil Rebek, our colleague from Milan, quizzed Kim Jones about the secrets of the Louis Vuitton house, while Barbara Markó interviewed Attila F. Kovács, a scenic and interior designer and artist well-known both in Hungary and around the world. Still, the most catching walk of life belongs to Japanese Makoto Azuma, who switched from rock music to flower arranging; his flower sculptures have also caught the attention of the creative experts at Hermés and Dior. 

What else could be a perfect finishing touch to this issue than a limited edition cover of the antwerpen-born Benoni Loos in Miklós Surányi’s photograph, while the face on our regular edition is one of the hottest new rising stars, Prada-opener Vanessa Axente, who has every chance to become the newest Hungarian top model. We keep our fingers crossed for her!

    Issue 15 –
    April 2012 214 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Free Spirit Flowers Rock Double Dynamite No Pain-No Brain Journey To The Top Dada Paper Doll
    Editor In Chief –
    Ali Toth
    Art Director –
    Zoltan Lonovics
    Photographic Director –
    Marton Perlaki
    Fashion Director –
    Aniko Virag
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Our Take —

The Room is a Hungarian bilingual magazine that was founded some five years ago. Since then it has grown from a fledgling example of central European luxury publishing into a confident publication. Printed on high-quality paper in a slightly oversized format, it has a sumptuous feel to it; heading in the direction of a coffee table tome.

Editor-In-Chief Ali Tóth and Fashion Director Anikó Virág oversee its content of fashion, art, design and culture which often has a central European focus to it, providing a fresh and insightful vision on such topics away from the same old centres that usually dominate. The overall art direction of Zoltán Lonovics is restrained and elegant allowing the fabulous photography a suitable framing.

Even during the troubled communist era, Hungary’s old connection with the Austro-Hungarian Empire gave it something of a special relationship with some of its Germanic neighbours that other eastern and central European states did not share. Now, steadfastly one of the newer EU members, it’s easy to see just how and why the sensibility of the magazine would readily appeal to a broad sophisticated readership in central and northern Europe. But, one of the particular delights of The Room is that it’s not too predictable. The regional talent may be well represented, but the choices of international talents on whom to do interesting articles is far from regurgitating the same old celebrities.

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Fashion Design Culture

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