Magazines, Instagram feeds and tumblr are all platforms for slow living and they portray that from aesthetic point of view, amazing analog pictures and lazy Sundays with your most hated cat on a white draped bed. Yet, in the thousands of feeds, scratch that, millions of feeds online and hundred of magazines whom are printed, one stands out, like Bob Harris in Tokyo alongside Scarlett Johansson, Kinfolk.
The first time I held an issue of Kinfolk was on a snowy day at a café in Berlin unmistakingly entitled westberlin, whom I wrote about extensively. Kinfolk is known among numerous lifestyle bloggers, Instagramers and Tumblrheads around the virtual living room. But this recent weekend I read and spectated at Kinfolk’s Design Issue (Eighteen) and their values transcended into my day (and hopefully life), here’s my insight.
Kinfolk isn’t just Photogenic on Instagram
Each issue of Kinfolk features a different theme like family, food, design yet the entirety of them fall under the micro or macro mindset of slow living, something that’s near impossible to achieve due to technological reproduction and the Big Boy of information also known as the internet and its brother Little Boy, smartphones. Kinfolk report, showcase and tell about the bare necessities of life in such a perfect manner. The style of writing, the way interviewees dwell on question taking. The magazine’s sense of design is incredible and probably the go-to for contemporary magazine designs.Reading a whole issue of Kinfolk takes time. For old timers who aren’t too keen on Eastern philosophy reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance took them time, thought and reflection and that’s exactly what Kinfolk gives insight to while guiding its reader into the shallow end.
Nobody’s Preaching to the Choir
As Racked reported “Even regular readers are often unaware of its origins, and its editor-in-chief is all but publicly invisible. Which is why I went on a pilgrimage to Kinfolk's offices in Copenhagen to find Nathan Williams and figure out how an almost painfully reserved 29-year-old ex-Mormon from rural Canada bucked the slow death of print to create the lifestyle magazine of the decade, not just for Brooklyn or the United States, but the entire world.” Unbeknownst to myself prior to this longford article I had no idea the founders were Mormon but they aren’t preachers. I think the reader as apathetic or religious he or she is can take the core values to his own community. Kinfolk’s mantra is slow living and bringing people together the tools of trade that they wield are these magnificent concepts that many of passover like looking at the sky, cobbles and light within public spaces.
Kinfolk is a quarterly magazine published by Ouur Media.