In Lagom issue 8, we look into alternative methods and processes of making work fit around personal needs by speaking with creatives such as Jono Smart, a Glasgow-based independent potter, and Emily Fischer, of Brooklyn-based Haptic Labs. For Jono, while creating his earthenware, he found it was possible to recover from the depression that had blighted him for years. For Emily, stepping back from working long hours allowed her to spend more time with her young daughter while pursuing her passions by running her own business.
‘Going against the grain’ is a common Lagom theme, but you’ll find extensive evidence of an independent approach to work and life throughout this issue. From The Drifter — a former motel in a traditionally rough part of New Orleans — to Kokko in Stavanger — which combines a coffee shop, coffee roastery, and architecture studio — to Prague-based Haenke — a botanical lab, education platform, arts space, and concept store — a passion for the unexpected is everywhere.
Lagom is a lifestyle magazine connecting a global community of like-minded creatives who care about thoughtful design, independent travel, and a balanced approach to life. ‘Lagom’ is a Swedish word with no direct English translation, but loosely describes the concept of having just the right amount of something: not too little, not too much. This general theme of leading a balanced life pervades every issue of Lagom and guides us to new stories. The magazine is divided into three distinct sections: Visit, Create, and Unwind. Moving through each issue is a journey, looking behind the doors of inspirational workspaces, hotels, restaurants, and homes from around the world; meeting the entrepreneurs, makers, and craftspeople creating truly unique work; and winding down to learn about the pastimes and hobbies that help attain that all-important sense of balance in our busy, modern lives. Unlike many lifestyle magazines, we eschew pomposity and keep our feet well and truly on the ground, celebrating people rather than image. We care about the personal stories behind the products and the motivations of the world’s creatives.
Lagom #8 is 132 pages, perfect-bound, and printed on uncoated stock (300gsm cover, 140gsm interior) with a foil-blocked, soft-touch laminated cover.