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Sleek 42 Summer 2014


Welcome to Sleek’s 2014 summer issue, where we look at that most summery of subjects: play. It’s what children do naturally, it embraces chaos and irrationality and its greatest product is that most rare of things, fun, and that highest of emotions, joy. If you ever have the feeling that we live in a joyless, funless, workaholic era, it all makes playing quite important. Vital, in fact.


Thus, fun and games are what we examine through art and fashion in this issue of Sleek: we consider the influence computer games are having in contemporary art, look at how game theory works in fashion design, wonder about how toys and dolls in art can express something of the uncanny fears we felt as kids in front of the TV, and elsewhere we invite a number of artists, photographers and designers to show us their idea of fun, which ranges from jumping up and down on a trampoline to rollercoaster rides to wearing funny masks to… well, see for yourself in the magazine. 


Also look out for interviews with Sir Paul Smith, Huma Bhabha, Iris van Herpen, Davis Ostrowski, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Wall, Rad Hourani and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.



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  • The Smiley Face in Art

    Aurel Schmidt - Peel

    The Unbearable Lightness of Beaming

    By Francesca Gavin

  • Toy Story

    Psychologies-of-Play--HuyghePsychologies of play

    By Jeni Fulton

  • Philip-Lorca diCorcia


    The “Hustlers” photographer

    By Amy Binding




  • The Re-Animator


    In conversation with Iris van Herpen

    Interview by Hili Perlson

    Portrait by Anastasia Muna

  • The Pleasure Dome

    We're a long way from home

    Photography by CG Watkins

    Fashion Editor: Christian Stemmler

  • Young Hearts Run Free


    Photography by Elina Kechicheva

    Fashion Editor: Isabelle Thiry