Kinfolk Vol. 31

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The spring issue of Kinfolk builds on their foundational interest in design to consider the discipline in its most ambitious manifestation: architecture. Mid-century architect and furniture designer Charlotte Perriand, whose archives they delve into in this issue, once wrote: “The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living.” They interrogate this close relationship between external surroundings and interior well-being and meet the architects chipping away at the partition wall between the two.

Buildings affect the mood and behavior of their inhabitants. Equally, the things we build—or wish to build—reflect our own state of mind; they’re blueprints of the ways in which we hope to reinvent our world. This issue of Kinfolk explores the opposing forces that shape our physical environments, paying homage to both the architects with dreams too big for city planners to swallow—as in their investigation into the history of utopian design—and the architects preserving their charming urban fabrics from being swallowed, such as Anne Holtrop and Noura Al Sayeh Holtrop, who are holding on to the heritage of their beloved Bahrain as the Arabian Gulf continues to develop at turbo-speed.

Elsewhere in the issue, they meet Sharon Van Etten, who talks about why she chose to study psychology while writing her new album, and they spend a day in rehearsals with Kyle Abraham—the choreographer making history at New York City Ballet. Writer Ellie Violet Bramley explores the history of marriage, narrating the changing nature of an institution no longer wedded to the idea that death us do part; composer Ryuichi Sakamoto describes the creativity that comes when considering his own mortality; and palliative care expert BJ Miller proposes a new meditation with which we might all rethink the inevitable.

As the weather becomes warmer, Kinfolk turns their faces upward—and toward a cheerier outlook for spring; this issue’s essays also finds writers lingering on balconies, musing on the contradictions of “turning over a new leaf” and biting into the juicy mythology of the peach.

Issue Twenty-Nine of192 pages, offset-printed and perfect bound, full color on a mix of uncoated and coated paper. Printed in Canada.

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