Saturday, August 28, 2010

FMR: most beautiful magazine

Back in the early 1990s, in my many hours spent browsing at Yes Books here in Portland, I encountered a fabulous magazine, lushly printed like no other, and full of a fascinating array of articles. Every issue seemed to be hand-picked to reflect my interests! That magazine was FMR. Recently, I came across a stack of back issues at a rummage sale, which are now out on the shelf in the shop. It's been so nice to revisit them!

Topics are many and varied, from antique androids to colonial era gravestone art to ... well, you name it!

To quote, since they seem to have summed it up so nicely,
The magazine bears Francomaria Ricci's initials as its title 'FMR'. Pronounced in French, the title appears to read 'ephémère'. First and foremost 'FMR' is an object. 'The most beautiful magazine in the world' acts as a model for perfection, presenting noteworthy iconological
and art historical studies without being pedantic.

Magnificent, large photographs, and exquisite drawings are faithfully reproduced on a black background, the pictures and the clear bodonian type stand out brightly -- isolated shapes in their chromatic relief and in their volumes in order to help the eye to contemplate attentively.

(Be sure to visit their site, as it is striking and full of delicious design goodies.)


  1. I have a few copies of FMR. Truly wonderful. From my cold, dead hands.

  2. FMR is probably one of the best things in the world.