As PORT celebrates its fifth anniversary, we indulge in a spot of nostalgia while keeping an eye fixed firmly on the horizon. Themed around the family, the 18th issue of PORT is dedicated to the friends and contributors who have made it all possible.
The PORT family has expanded over the last five years, but the inimitable writer and one of our issue 18 cover stars, Will Self, has been with us from the start. Here, in one of his most revealing interviews, he focuses the witty and critical erudition that has firmly established him in the British literary scene on the ultimate interview subject: himself.
Our second special-edition cover features one of the world’s greatest living architects, the self-taught, Pritzker Prize-winning Tadao Ando, who granted PORT a rare insight into his studio, his working practices and the motivations behind his delicate and yet dramatic use of space. In the style section, and as part of our five-year anniversary, PORT visited five men at the height of their craft to gain an insight into their daily work routine. Toiletpaper’s Pierpaolo Ferrari captures casual tailoring from the Spring Summer 2016 collections while photographer Leandro Farina celebrates the art of the heirloom, from Hanif Kureshi’s Mont Blanc pen to a Paul Smith leather concertina tote bag. Travelling to the south of France with photographer Markus Pritzi, fashion director David St John-James shoots a summer spectrum of casual wear and, inspired by the profound comedy of Buster Keaton, Jonathan De Villiers and Alex Petsetakis revive the icon of silent film on the streets of suburban Paris.
Elsewhere, we delve into a desert utopia, exploring the experimental ‘arcological’ town, Arcosanti, fifty years after it’s original incarnation by architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri. From there in Arizona, we head to the Inner Hebrides in Scotland to shadow an entrepreneurial scallop diver as he goes about his daily routine, handpicking stock for London’s top restaurants. Skulls, those haunting, bejewelled icons of our age, are examined by Will Self and photographer Tobias Harvey. We delve into the fin de siècle splendour of the library of comedian Barry Humphries and the seasoned war photographer Don McCullin reflects on his long and eventful career.
Highlights from the Porter, our briefing on style, fashion and design, include a trip back to the 70s to hear the story behind one of the era’s most seminal records; Fergus Henderson’s recipe for family-friendly spring rabbit; an exploration of the family trees of Italian fashion houses; a commemoration fifty years of B&B Italia; and a perspecitve on the theoretical physician Richard Feynman – the man who could demonstrate the workings of the universe with just his hands.
Issue 18 looks at the brightest of PORT’s contributors, those voices that over the last five years have articulated our interests and turned a critical eye to the unconventional times we live in. As Tadao Ando says in his interview, “I am always trying to establish spaces where people can gather and interact.” In a similar fashion, our anniversary issue celebrates all those conversations we have had around the PORT table, and all those that are just getting started.
Please note only Will Self cover now available.
UK Cover Price £6.50
Aprox Weight 1100gms