Hole & Corner celebrates craft, beauty, passion and skill. Its about people who spend more time doing than talking, who put content above style, whose work is their life. Through a biannual print magazine and a regularly updated digital platform, we aim to promote local trade and talented individuals, whether professional or amateur, exploring and celebrating the landscape that inspires them. Combining these subjects with some of the worlds finest still life, style and fashion photographers, our goal is to present a lifestyle and culture in a way previously unseen.
In this issue:
In a first for the magazine, legendary set designer and artist Tony Hornecker has built his own physical interpretation of a ‘hole-and-corner’ (‘a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world; to be inspired, to contemplate and create’) for our cover.
Hornecker isn’t the only one making good use of things that he finds in the performing arts this issue: for creative director Michael Howells it means gilding lilies, oyster shells and anything else you can find to recreate Queen Victoria’s palaces. For über-choreographer Ryan Heffington it means fashioning the world’s most-watched YouTube videos out of your avant-garde roots.
It also means discovering theatre wherever you may find it – be that the local farm or a Tiffany’s shop window; from the grandeur of the Hermès Saut equestrian event to a faded cinema in India: anywhere the magic happens.
Elsewhere, we go backstage with the costume designers at Glyndebourne opera house; defy conventions with composer Hannah Kendall and ballet dancer turned ceramicist Stephanie Buttle; go back to basics with songwriter Luke Sital-Singh and deconstruct the rules of pop with legendary band The Art of Noise.
Of course, putting on a performance can also mean making an almighty hash of things, as Richard Benson points out in his moving essay The Audience.
But ultimately, this issue is about discovering more of ourselves – whether by walking in Scott of the Antarctic’s footsteps or staring into the flames of an open fire, telling stories.