Issue 13 —
The Room seizes the opportunity of its thirteenth issue for a timely exploration of superstition. It’s a rather subtle approach to the topic, as one might expect from this title that is already noted for its restrained elegance. We can discover that Chinese model Liu When doesn’t like to hear the call of crows or that Russian Irina Kulikova doesn’t borrow money, the result of their respective cultural folklores, but on the whole, the issue simply gets on with its stylish diet of fashion, lifestyle and art.
As always, The Room offers surprises and a somewhat different path to content compared with many other magazines that keep it fresh and refreshing. A good example in this issue is Dal Chodha’s article on Tiggy Maconochie. Helmut Newton’s agent for some twenty years and now the manager of his estate, it’s a fascinating portrait of someone who is, in reality, a key player in how photography has come to fulfill the particular place that it now occupies within out visually voracious global culture.
Hanna Johanna Kóbor’s interview with Ed Templeton also demonstrates exactly how the traditionally rigid boundaries between fine art and commercial art have altered in this new world scenario. His trajectory from skatekid to internationally feted visual artist is a prime example of just how much things have changed in the world of ‘high culture’. More importantly, it also offers an intimate insight into exactly why Ed has succeeded is bending the rules.
On the fashion front, in amongst the many eye-pleasing stories, one can’t help but be grabbed by Johan Sandberg’s ‘Multiverse’ shoot, styled by Rossana Passalacqua, that draws on 1930’s notions of the future with a dash of eighties’ futurism to create a stunning environment for the best of current collections.