(Styling and concept: Chelsea Fuss
Photo: Lisa Warninger)
I know this has been blogged a million times over, but it's such a beautiful project that I wanted to share it here as well. A group of mega-talented people have gotten together to create Kinfolk: A Guide for Small Gatherings. It takes the shape of both an online magazine and limited edition print edition filled with inspiring stories, gorgeous photos and a thoughtful manifesto that shouts directly to me, daring me not to get swept up in the simple magic they've captured. Even their promo video is breathtaking.
(Photo: Lily Stockman)
From the Kinfolk website:
Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.Every element of Kinfolk – the features, photography, and general aesthetics – are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.
(Photo: Carissa Gallo)
When the project was announced, it was like I had suddenly been let in on a secret gathering of so many of my blog crushes: Kinfolk founders Nathan & Katie of Hearblack, Youngna Park, Chelsea Fuss of Frolic!, Lisa Warninger of Urban Weeds and Ryan Marshall of Pacing the Panic Room.I felt the same way when I saw the speaker lineup for last year's Alt Summit; just overwhelmed by awesome. How did all of these brilliant people find each other?! When I first heard of Kinfolk, I almost bought a print copy (for now they are limited edition, but the online magazine is completely free) but hesitated and it was sold out before I knew it!
The entire publication is spot-on with incredible attention to design, typography, layout, photography and the written word. And best of all, it celebrates the role of small gatherings with friends and loved ones. It even celebrates very small gatherings of one. You should really check it out. For a quick fix, the creators also maintain an online journal frequently updated with real parties, tips and inspiration.