To Felix Burrichter, the German-born, New York–based founder of the biannual architecture and design magazine Pin-Up, life is a glorious cacophony of different voices, visions, and ideas—and he can’t get enough of them. “I’m never happy with just the world around me,” he says. “I always want to know what’s going on everywhere else. And it’s not even necessarily places around the world. Sometimes there are other worlds right in front of you.”
Burrichter’s insatiable curiosity and imagination are what spurred him to create Pin-Up in the first place. After earning his master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University, he worked at a corporate New York architecture firm, where he found himself miserable drawing Photoshop illustrations and making mood boards. To pass the time, he began imagining what the ideal architecture magazine would look like. The answer he emerged with, in 2006, was Pin-Up—what he dubbed a “magazine for architectural entertainment”—which aims to capture the eclectic spirit of architectural practice rather than merely its technical aspects.
Burrichter’s perpetual hunt for fresh perspectives played out on Pin-Up’s masthead this past fall, when, after 15 years of serving as the publication’s editor, he brought on furniture designer, writer, and filmmaker Emmanuel Olunkwa to take over the job, and shifted his own role to that of creative director. Issue 31 of Pin-Up, the first under Olunkwa’s purview, was released last week with the theme “Radical Optimism‽”, a simultaneous rallying cry and skeptical inquiry made in response to the tumultuous times we’re living in.
We recently spoke with Burrichter to find out how his inquisitiveness translates to his media intake, which includes the Failed Architecture podcast, Butt magazine, and an Instagram account called Dank Lloyd Wright.
How do you start your mornings?
I get up. I drink coffee. I try to force myself to eat, but I’m not very good at it. But when I do eat, I eat oatmeal or a banana. And while I’m doing that, I listen to either the BBC or the German radio station Dlf [Deutschlandfunk]. Or, occasionally—depending on what time of day it is, and what kind of news is on—I also listen to Al Jazeera or NPR. But I’m always less interested in national news, and I’m more excited about international news. So mornings are about news for me. And they’re not about reading. They’re about listening.
Another thing I listen to in the morning—and it doesn’t exactly qualify as media—are WhatsApp voice messages. Europeans love WhatsApp groups, and I’m German, so I have a lot of friends in Germany and in Europe in general. They’re six hours ahead [of New York], so when I wake up, I’ll sometimes have sixty voice messages. I listen to them in the shower.
Any favorite podcasts?
The most recent one I listened to is fashion-related. It’s this new Vogue podcast called In Vogue: The 2000s about the year 2000—the 2000s, basically. I really enjoyed learning about Juicy Couture. When I go to the podcast app, the ones I always go to are Code Switch and Failed Architecture. Montez Press [Radio] is always great, too—although I don’t think it technically qualifies as a podcast.
What are your favorite magazines?
The short answer is pretty much anything on newmodels.io. It’s a really good aggregator of a lot of different magazines that I regularly enjoy reading in both digital and print. Another one I’m always looking forward to is Buffalo Zine, which is a fashion and culture magazine. 032c has a smart mix of subjects that I love reading about. And [its founder and editor-in-chief], Joerg [Koch], is a fellow independent publisher. They’re all German, so I guess I feel a sort of kinship [with them]. Sometimes people forget that 032c is also a magazine—people just think it’s a fashion line now—but they still put a lot of effort into the print magazine, and I really respect that.
There’s also the Real Review and Failed Architecture, [which produces the eponymous podcast mentioned earlier] as well as Dezeen, which is an industry must-read, in a way. What else? I subscribe to Domino, AD [Architectural Digest], and Frieze. I also read Apartamento. I really enjoy every time those magazines land on my desk.
I’m also looking forward to the new issue of Butt magazine, which closed in the early 2010s. It was a legendary gay magazine from Amsterdam printed on pink paper. I was an intern for them briefly, in 2005, [and later the editor from 2008 to 2010], and they were a big inspiration for me to even start a magazine. And so they’re bringing it back, and I’m contributing to it. It came up for such a specific reason at such a specific time, and it’ll be interesting to see what they’re doing with it now.
What books are you reading?
I just ordered a book by the feminist scholar Sara Ahmed. It’s called Complaint!. It’s literally about the culture of complaining, and it’s supposed to be good.
There are two other books that I loved and recently finished. One was Retail Apocalypse. It’s about retail design [throughout] the twentieth century, and has some great contemporary examples in it—everyone from Telfar [Clemens] to Issey Miyake, and so on. The other one that I really loved, because it’s such a [huge], “eff you”–sized book is the Taschen book on Gio Ponti, the Italian architect. It’s beautifully done, and it’s exhaustive because it has [so much] of his material, printed on big pages.
One book that I always go back to—that’s always on my nightstand and that’s kind of evergreen, partly because I’ve never finished it—is The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters. The Mitford sisters were these weird sisters who were born in the early twentieth century. One became a fervent communist, another was a fervent fascist who was in love with Hitler, and another married a duke. They all have very extreme lives. And throughout them, they wrote each other letters, even though they were at completely opposite ends of the political spectrum. The entire history of the twentieth century is kind of reflected in those letters. They’re also an interesting study of family dynamics, and they’re quite funny, too. Sometimes I just read one letter, and I fall asleep. I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it, but it’s always there for me to go back to.
Favorite TV shows?
When I like something, I don’t drag it out. I just binge watch it and get it over with. The last binge excursion—and I was kind of late to the party—was Succession, and I can’t wait for the new season. It’s [a lot like] The White Lotus, but White Lotus pales in comparison. It’s not nearly as fast and sharp and funny as Succession.
I don’t watch that much TV, to be honest. But I do fall into YouTube [rabbit] holes. I recently watched the documentary on Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect. I also love watching trailers from old movies that no one knows about. There was a Francis Ford Coppola musical from 1982, One from the Heart, that I don’t think anybody has seen. I watched it this morning. I hoard information like that, so there’s a lot of trivia in the back of my head.
Who do you follow on social media?
My social media consumption is ridiculous. I follow the Jenner/Kardashians. I follow dogs and other animal accounts, like Therapeutic Monkey and DumbPets. I also follow Dina Lohan, whom I highly recommend.
Any guilty pleasures?
One is The Economist, which I love reading when I travel. It is, as you know, a platform for neoliberal hypercapitalism. But it also has really well-researched articles, and the captions are funny; they have good image and photo editors. There’s something about already being in a super-polluting aircraft, blowing CO2 into the air, that makes you want to read a hyper-capitalist publication. That’s why I only read it when I’m on the plane. I would never read it on a train. [Laughs]
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This year has driven many of us to create a de facto home spa—steeping in long, leisurely baths for solace. One such batEkin Balcıoğlu, a Taos, New Mexico–based artist and the founder and editor-in-chief of Hamam, a new quarterly print publication about the culture of bathing that will release its second issue later this month. Hamam, while bursting with originality, has parallels to Wet magazine, the subversive, now-defunct cult classic founded in 1976 by Leonard Koren (who was the guest on Ep. 78 of our At a Distance podcast) that explored pleasure and play through a loosely water-themed lens.
In 2018, when writer Amitav Ghosh appeared at the Brooklyn Public Library to discuss his book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, Joel Whitney, who manages arts and culture programs at the institution, took note. “I was surprised by Amitav’s main iClimate Reads book club, a yearlong digital initiative launched by Whitney’s department and the advocacy group Writers Rebel NYC earlier this fall, suggests otherwise, with climate-focused fiction titles including Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad, The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel, and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk on its roster. The club plans to tackle a handful of nonfiction books, too, such as The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by the late Japanese farmer-philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, and Why We Swim—the focus of next month’s meeting—by swimmer and surfer Bonnie Tsui.
Sometimes—especially in moments of political strife, pandemics, hurricanes, or all of the above—a television plotline caWatch a train wend its way around the fjords and farms of the Norwegian countryside over the course of seven hours, or see a sweater get made, in the time of a typical work day, from A to Z (beginning with shearing a sheep’s wool), set to the tune of cheery foldogs frolicking on a beach, a meandering stroll among flowering cherry blossoms in Japan, and a sailing trip to Tobago, accompanied by the soothing sounds of waves lapping against a boat’s exterior. The format can arguably be traced to n1963 film “Sleep” consisted entirely of his lover, the poet and performance artist John Giorno, napping. Regardless of its subject matter
For those of us who are lucky enough to have a full plate right now, consider helping those who don’t. One avenue for alCoalition for the Homeless, forced to cancel its annual fall fundraising gala due to the pandemic, is launching the Artist Plate Project, a limited-edition collection of porcelain platters depicting works by 50 legendary artists, including Tauba Auerbach, Ep. 25 of our Time Sensitive podcast). The series will be available on the organization’s website beginning Nov. 16. Profits from the heirloom-worthy tableProspect, will go toward serving the 59,000 New Yorkers who currently live in shelters or who struggle to survive on streets andA recent study by Columbia University predicts that homelessness will increase by 40 to 45 percent within the next year due to Covid-19—making the coalition’
Durham, North Carolina–based journalist and filmmaker Saleem Reshamwala has been particularly productive of late: In addBecoming America anthology, he’s host of the TED podcast Pindrop and a mentor to emerging Asian and Asian-American filmmakers through a new fellowship program called The Sauce.
This year has been a blur, but many hard truths remain crystal clear. By now, the Trump administration’s glaring and conthe U.S. hit the 9 million mark in virus cases. While President Trump has continued to shirk responsibility, scapegoat other countries, and callously state that it “is what it is”—even as the White House itself has become a hot zone, seeing two waves of infections in the span of a single month—we kTotally Under Control, director Alex Gibney, along with co-directors Suzanne Hillinger and Ophelia Harutyunyan, bring sharp-eyed clarity to t
At age 3, Spencer Bailey, writer and editor (and co-founder of The Slowdown), survived the crash-landing of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, 1989. In the wake of the tragedy, he found himself the subject of a memorial sculptureIn Memory Of: Designing Contemporary Memorials (Phaidon), examining the power and potential of memorials designed over the past 40 years, from Maya Lin’s Vietnam VeteHere, he describes the process of working on the book, and tells us why the power of abstraction may help us all to heal You began working on this project nearly thirty years after the Flight 232 crash. What has it been like to process and
Japanese artist Makoto Azuma is known for creating poetic botanical sculptures, but the medium in which he works most inFlower Punk, an award-winning film about his work and life, now available for viewing as part of the The New Yorker Documentary series. In just under 30 minutes, director Alison Klayman captures the artist as he creates spectacular arrangements, a“Exobiotanica.” Rigging a camera and a flower bomb to a weather balloon, documenting his terrestrial creation as it soars through the s
Museums and galleries are reopening in New York, and one of the most compelling shows of the season is primed to take plen plein air. Organized by the nonprofit Art at a Time Like This, in collaboration with Save Art Space, “Ministry of Truth: 1984–2020” will reclaim a common component of the city’s visual real estate—the billboard—to display works by an international ran
In 1617, German artist Jobst Harrich completed an oil painting on a copper canvas. The work, which depicts a flaxen-hairposted Harrich’s painting to her feed and tweeted, “maybe if I take my tit out they will stop explaining my own joke back to me.” She applied this tactic to“Conversation in a Park,” depicting a gent gesturing toward a stoic lady (“you would be so much prettier if you smiled”), and a 1959 Norman Rockwell cover for the Saturday Evening Post, which portrays eleven men ganging up on a lone woman in a jury room (“thanks I’m gay now”). The thread went viral. A fMen to Avoid in Art and Life (Chronicle Books), sold out within days of its release. It features more than 90 artworks accompanied by wince-worthy c
An art critic, curator, and author, Antwaun Sargent has become a leading voice for a rising class of Black contemporary The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion (Aperture), Sargent is serving up his next, as the editor of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (D.A.P.), highlighting the works of Black artists from the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art. An exhibition of the same name is currently on view at the Lehmann College Art Gallery (which is temporarily closed due to Covid-19)
New York–based artists and brothers Steven and William Ladd have been creating together for 20 years, using their comple“The Other Side,” on view through Oct. 17 at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill neighborhood, the Ladds have welcomed. Offering visceral and emotional depth to a population of society so often silenced and anonymized behind closed doors, t
Election season is upon us here in the U.S., and with all of the anxieties circulating around—pandemic-related risks, poThis is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot (Princeton Architectural Press), a new book by Alicia Yin Cheng, a founding partner of the Brooklyn-based graphic design
Brooklyn-based writer and artist Edith Zimmerman served as the founding editor of The Hairpin—the former general-interest women’s website that defined a generation of online journalism, with pieces like the perenn“Women Laughing Alone With Salad”—and has gone on to contribute to outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The Cut, and the podcast This American Life. These days, you can find her work in Drawing Links, a frequently published newsletter of comics and musings. We recently polled Zimmerman about her current media diet. He
You are what you Google and “like.” This is an eerie truism of 21st-century life, where our experience of reality is larThe Social Dilemma, a new docu-drama premiering on Sept. 9 on Netflix, delves into the dangerous human impact that social networking has oCenter for Humane Technology (and our guest on Ep. 35 of At a Distance), says in the trailer: “If technology creates mass chaos, loneliness, polarization, more election hacking, [and] more i
Our summer quarantine days have far too often been spent gazing at web browser windows—far and away from vacation views,Window Swap, a mash-up of the virtual and physical. Designed as a “quarantine project” by creatives Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Bala
For the past five years, as one of the co-founders of the annual “JONALDDUDD” exhibition, designer Lydia Cambron has put on one of the most consistently surprising and challenging presentations of
School’s out forever—or at least for the immediate future, depending on what city you live in—and it’s certainly taking hands-on lesson plans, open-sourced and free to download, that are inspired by artists and objects from its permanent collection. “Fashioning
There’s a formula for homicide news stories: Place a TV anchor at the scene of a crime, and state that a victim was shotfatally shot in the U.S., including suicides and accidents. The sheer volume of incidents makes them easy to tune out: We don’t know
Five months on, living in a pandemic has become a new liminal normal, shifting our gaze toward the familiar sights, soun“Pandemic Objects,” an ongoing editorial project that highlights and reflects upon everyday objects (defined in the broadest sense) that hathe gaze of the drone, which has seen a surge in use worldwide in recent months, with people dispatching them in their hometowns—even to takejump rope that gives her pause as she riffles through the museum’s archives, uncovering photos, artworks, and accounts about the
The Internet Archive is one rabbit hole we’ve willingly jumped into more than a handful of times since the quarantine beWhole Earth Catalog, the 1960s counterculture print publication often referred to as “the web before the web existed”—its iconic, jam-packeElectric Whole Earth Catalog, now available on the site. Originally launched in 1998 on CD-ROM (how quaint!), the lo-fi “electric” edition offers a
Home is where the heart is—but, on the silver screen, it can be a bit forlorn. In his recently published broadside publiSad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films, Los Angeles–based designer and art director Benjamin Critton explores the much-maligned trope of the Modernist home in popular culture, with contributing essays from writers Erik BSad People—the long-awaited follow-up to his 2010 edition, Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films—and what filmic mood may strike him next for volume three of the ongoing project.