NEST! what a weird magazine! i bought issue 8 at the time of its release in the spring of 2000, but did not see it around much after that. i read that it lasted a total of 26 issues, and folded in 03 or 04. nest called itself “a quarterly of interiors”, but it was definitely not a stodgy, glamorously styled, or “tasteful” magazine. it was strange and irreverent and funny - the memphis of magazines, perhaps?
i recently came across issue 13 from summer 01 (no “13” on the spine, is that an elevator joke?), and issue 15 from winter 01 - 02. i snatched them up happily for a few dollars each.
issue 13 has a hole punched straight through the magazine, close to the spine, and a half circle cut through the entire side. a black ribbon is passed through the hole and semi circle, it is woven with the word and number “nest 13”. there are a few layouts on the inside of the magazine that incorporate the holes and semi circles, including one of andre leon talley “recovering” in a hospital bed decorated by mica ertegun. particularly hilarious is the credit page that lists (as in fashion magazines) and then tabulates everything used in the shoot, including “flowers from well-wishers: white orchid, est $150 (helmut lang); parrot tulips, est $200 (anna wintour)” etc etc. other contributors to the issue are karl lagerfeld (photographing his childhood bedroom and study), lois maffeo and hisham baroocha (writing about and photographing a rhode island artists’ space - lightning bolt et al), janine gordon’s mosh pit photos (which kind of make me think of something hedi slimane would do) and rei kawakubo’s white house design for the cover.
issue 15 is the slits and slashes issue. literally. groupings of pages are slashed to make slits. and, some layouts incorporate the slits! articles and pictorials include an entirely salvaged home in south africa, a mobile abortion clinic (for use in international waters for women who live in countries where abortion is illegal) and “final nest”, as pictured on the cover, striking images of electric chairs, lethal injection chambers, and the gallows. contributors to this issue include directors john waters and mary harron on slits and slashes, and photographs of the british design galleries at the v&a by martin parr.