When we visited Los Angeles in 2012 we first found out about the beautiful Kickstarter funded magazine named Atlas. The project, founded by New York-based writer and editor Laura Palmer and art director Jenna Yankun, is a print publication that curates American craft and curio. Each page of the elegant magazine tells the story of dedicated craftsmen and precious objects from the past. Last summer the third beautiful issue of Atlas was released. The latest edition charts new waters by crossing the great grey seas, far beyond the border of the United States and shares the stories of craftsmen and curio collectors from around the world. Among the inspirational stories one finds the story about salt harvesting along the Oregon coast, secrets of single-malt Scotch making and tips from vintage denim hounds. The little gift added to this particular issue is a clip from a vintage sea chart completing another wonderful issue by Laura and Jenna.
Atlas looks forward, to an America where we can know that the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the belongings that create our surroundings were made by hand, with the care of an American craftsman. The inspirational magazine also looks back, to those who cherish and use objects of beauty and function from the past, curating pieces of curio that were made to last. Inside every copy one finds a rare piece of curio. For the premiere issue, Atlas visited Heath Ceramics to document the production practices of this noteworthy studio that has been an innovator and legacy in American craft since Edith Heath first began the pottery company in 1948. The second issue which was named ‘The Voyages’ issue centers on the ways that craft, curio and journeys intersect within the United States and finally the third and last issue expanded its gaze from the USA to the world.
For those in Amsterdam: tomorrow Laura will be present in premium vintage store Harvest & Co. at the Tweede Helmersstraat 90-96, to have a public conversation with Malu Kirschbaum and Victor Knaap about interior design as featured in the current third issue of the magazine. The little get-together starts at 18:00, see here for more information.
For more information on Atlas and to order the magazine see here.