n°21: the new decrepitude
- 227 mm x 276 mm
- English text + Japanese / French / Italian digest
- Art director & editor in chief: Joseph Holzman
- 170 pages
A definition of this defunct magazine could be something like: (Monocle + Apartamento) x baroque fanzine = Nest, but the truth is more complex.
A one-man publication, these 26 issues were mainly the creation of Joseph Holtzman’s brain who lost aroud 5 million $ to entertain us. Extremely rich, he could easily have lost more, but he wanted to stop before he got bored.
He did almost everything aboard, with a little crew in a NY flat, designing these crazy spreads for years. The ever-changing layout reflected J.H.’s own taste for maximalism, patterns, and anything uncommon but with a strong identity. In this sense there is a perfect balance between form and content.
Nest also had a small range of decoration products and weird offers like a subscription discount for readers over 35 – based on your promise only. It could have a hole in it or a non-rectangle shape (like this one) or even a gift like a specially commissioned CD by DJ Spooky.
Yes, Nest was an UFO in the print world and it’s now gone as J.H. found other toys to play with.
After a quick search I only found one issue for 50 $ on eBay, but most of the issues published could be found for a price between 15 to 65US$.