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Category: Visionaire

Visionaire 59 – Fairytale

For issue 59, Visionaire collaborated with Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin to create a mini library of childrens books entitled Fairytale. Together, they recruited and paired up artists from music (Bjork), fashion (Viktor & Rolf) , literature (Cecily von Ziegesar and Stéphanie Cohen Chaptal), art (Richard Phillips, Douglas Gordon and John Baldessari) and film (James Franco and Kirsten Dunst) to come up with eleven books with themes that ranged from the traditional to the surreal. In addition, each book used a different technique to add another dimension; the book by Bjork, Sjon, M/M Paris and Gabriela Fridriksdottir played a new track by Bjork (The Comet Song from the Moomins movie) as you flicked through the pages, Viktor & Rolf used glow in the dark ink and Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellantin created a scratch and sniff book. Other unique touches included holograms, flocking, foil stamping and lenticular images. The collection was held together by a black patent leather traditional bookstrap and produced in an edition of 4000 copies. A portion of the proceeds from this issue went towards funding scholarships for the Blue School, a not-for-profit creative elementary school in New York.

Jo Ratcliffe and Stephanie Cohen Chaptal

Bjork, Sjon, Gabriela Fridriksdottir and M/M Paris

John Baldessari

Karen Kilimnik and Kirsten Dunst

Ugo Rondinone and John Giorno

Richard Phillips and Cecily Von Ziegesar

Viktor & Rolf

Pierre Huyghe and Mario Bellatin

Visionaire 46 – Uncensored by Mario Testino

For issue 46, Visionaire pushed the boundaries of both how they presented artwork and also the nature of the content. Mario Testino curated a whole issue dedicated to sex in contemporary art and as such, the issue came with a warning for the easily offended. Housed inside a silkscreened perspex case, the hardback book contained works by a wide range of artists including Tracey Emin, Jeff Burton, Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, Vik Muniz, Angus Fairhurst and Testino himself. To add to the sensory nature of the issue many of the works were uniquely presented on tactile inserts of latex, flocked paper, 35mm film and butcher paper and used techniques such as embroidery, embossing, laser cutting and pinpricking. In addition to the works in the book, there is a portfolio in the back that contains 5 previously unpublished original prints by Testino along with swatches from supermodel Gisele Bundchen’s bedsheets and male supermodel Jetzel Padilla’s underwear. The issue was produced in an edition of 2500, below are some of the less graphic images in the issue but caution should still be applied if viewing at work!

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Visionaire 49 – Decades

For issue 49, Visionaire took us on a trip through time from the 1880’s to the present day. Housed inside a huge embossed metallic clamshell case were thirteen foilstamped 18″x14″ sewn portfolios each created by a different artist to embody their assigned decade. The roster of artists included regular contributors Mats Gustafson, Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight, Bruce Weber and Lamsweerde & Matadin, each taking a unique and distinct approach to the project; Bruce Weber created a tribute to the soliders of WWII, Mario Testino took images of himself from the 70’s and created colourful montages and Steven Meisel gave us a scrap book of outtakes from numerous projects in the 80’s  The issue was produced in an issue of 4000 and is no longer available direct from Visionaire but can still be found in online bookstores.

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Clamshell Box

1880s – Craig McDean

1890s – Mats Gustafson

1900s – Nick Knight

1910s – Karl Lagerfeld

1920s – Peter Lindbergh

1930s – Glen Luchford

1940s – Bruce Weber

1950s – David Sims

1960s – Francois Berthoud

1970s – Mario Testino

1980s – Steven Meisel

1990s – Mario Sorrenti

2000s – Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Visionaire 17 – Gold

In 1996, Visionaire released one of their most creatively adventurous and expensively made issues to date, Gold (sometimes mistakenly called Sun Beams). In this issue a wide variety of techniques were used to convey the theme, including holograms, foil stamping, origami, sculpture, gilding and embossing. The collection of loose leaf works came housed in a box designed by Greg Foley which had a hologram at its centre. Opening the box you were greeted by a gilded halo designed by Todd Oldham and a small booklet entitled Midas Touch which included foil stamped fingerprints of fashion’s most famous (Azzedine Alaia and Linda Evangelista to name just two). Exploring further, there were a collection of gold stars on multiple pages of vellum by Philip Taaffe as well as works by Francois Berthoud, Mats Gustafson, Jean Paul-Goude and Andy Warhol. There was also a gatefold tribute to Goldfinger and a booklet by Lamsweerde and Matadin that featured gold stamping over four-colour prints. The issue was limited to 2,500 copies, which at the time was a significant leap in number for Visionaire. Unsurprisingly this issue is hard to come by and has increased considerably in value!

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Visionaire 43 – Dreams

In issue 43, Visionaire turned dreams in to reality. Using the latest precision laser cutting techniques, ethereal images from some of the worlds foremost artists, such as Maurizio Cattelan, Lamsweerde and Matadin, Rachel Whiteread, Simon Periton, Karl Lagerfeld and Mario Sorrenti, were burnt into black paper; in effect, this whole issue was printed without ink. Each loose leaf image is protected in it’s own colourful metallic page within a hardback book which is housed in a laser cut slipcase, in itself is a work of art. Many of the images can be enjoyed in the book but some really come to life when they are held up to the light against a white background. The issue was limited to 1500 copies, a small print run for Visionaire, and as such is hard to find.

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Detail Shot

Visionaire 58 – Spirit (A Tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen)

Following the tragic death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, long time collaborators Visionaire dedicated a whole issue to his genius. Inside a satin covered case, embellished with metal brocade from the S/S10 collection, are a selection of images created by some of the most respected artists in the art and fashion world such as Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein and Nick Knight. Some of the images included are reproduced from previous issues McQueen collaborated on, such as the lenticular cover for Visionaire 27 of Kate Moss on a swing. The remaining images are printed on paper embedded with wildflower seeds so that if you were crazy enough to plant the pages and water them, the pages would blossom. The issue was limited to just 1500 copies, one of the smallest print runs Visionaire does, and sold out immediately.

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Visionaire 26: Fantasy

For their 26th issue, Visionaire presented the theme Fantasy in a custom made round box. For the cover, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin photographed pieces created especially for the issue by Nicolas Ghesquiere, Viktor & Rolf and Jeremy Scott. Inside the box there was a  carnival mask made of Hermes fabric and a collection of unbound round artwork. As with all Visionaire issues, it brought together an incredible list of artists and designers including Gregory Crewdson, Tim Burton, Karl Lagerfeld, and in a section curated by Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and David LaChapelle. There are also a number of images by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (with Mert Alas being credited as Matt Alas, a possible print error). In an extra twist on the presentation, one of the cards (an iridescent pink peacock feather) came with instructions on how to convert the card in to a hat.

The Case

The Mask

Visionaire 32: Where – In Collaboration with Hermes

In 2000, Visionaire teamed up with Hermès to produce Where, an issue focused on travel. The housing of the issue was an embossed Hermes leather carrying case inspired by Jean Louis Dumas’, the president of Hermès, own travelling sketchbook. Inside the case is a pencil and a collection of 55 silver edged postcards; the postcards have been created by a luminary roster of artists such as Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Weber, Manolo Blahnik, Gregory Crewdson, David LaChapelle and Karl Lagerfeld. Each postcard was further customised by unique graphic designs on the reverse. The whole issue was bundled in a drawstring felt Hermes bag and encased in a slipcased trademark Hermès box. The issue was produced in an edition of 3500 and sold out almost instantly. Due to the high quality of production that has gone in to the issue and the classical presentation of it in trademark Hermes livery it has become highly collectible, unopened copies now command a four figure price.

Visionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 32 - Where with HermesVisionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 32 - Where with Hermes

Visionaire 60: Religion – In Collaboration with Riccardo Tisci

Whenever Visionaire team up with a fashion house you know its going to be a good issue. For No. 60, Visionaire teamed up with Riccardo Tisci, creative director for Givenchy, to explore the theme of religion. The credits for the images read like a who’s who of the fashion and art worlds and includes such luminaries as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Marina Abramovic, Carine Roitfeld, Douglas Gordon, Pedro Almodovar and Gareth Pugh to name but a few. The images, all black and white, are interspersed with eight gold pages which represent  his sisters and mother and a single black page which represents his father who died when Tisci was four. The book is bound in leather, with the title embossed on the front, and is housed in a plexiglass lined wooden box carved out of antique doors that mimic an altar piece. In a nice touch, it is also infused with a fragrance by Yann Vasnier which evokes the smell of an incense filled church. The edition is limited to 3000 copies and is sure to become highly collectible in the years to come.

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

John Stezaker

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Roger Ballen

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Me Company

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Christian Holstad and Gold Insert

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Jonathan Schipper and Amelia Biewald

Visionaire 60 - Religion (Ricardo Tisci)

Olivier Theyskens

Visionaire 33: Touch – In Collaboration with Fendi

This is one of my favourite Visionaires as it really shows what Visionaire is all about, pushing the boundaries of publishing through use of multimedia.  In this issue Visionaire collaborated with the illustrator Francois Berthoud and luxury fashion house Fendi to interpret looks from the autumn/winter 2000-2001 collections. The issue used a number of different printing and appliqué techniques such as glow in the dark, pop-up, flocking and foil-stamping to present pieces from designers such as Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Chanel, John Galliano and Helmut Lang. The unbound cards came wrapped in a pony skin inside a gold lattice work metal box and are large in size (53cmx25cm). The issue was produced in an edition size of 4400.

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi

Visionaire 33 - Touch Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

Visionaire 33 - Touch Fendi


Visionaire 33 - Touch Junya Watanabe

Junya Watanabe

Visionaire 33 - Touch Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy

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