Marketed as an interior design magazine, and edited by Joseph Holtzman, Nest generally eschewed the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors showcased in other magazines, and instead featured photographs of nontraditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. Fred A. Bernstein, writing in the New York Times, wrote that Joseph Holtzman “believed that an igloo, a prison cell or a child’s attic room (adorned with Farrah Fawcett posters) could be as compelling as a room by a famous designer.” During its run, Nest showed the room of a 40-year-old diaper lover, the lair of an Indonesian bird that decorates with coloured stones and vomit, the final resting place of Napoleon’s penis, the quarters of Navy seamen, a barbed-wire-trimmed bed that doubled as a tank, and a Gothic Christmas card from filmmaker John Waters. Noted architect Rem Koolhaas called it “an anti-materialistic, idealistic magazine about the hyperspecific in a world that is undergoing radical leveling, an ‘interior design’ magazine hostile to the cosmetic.” Artist Richard Tuttle was quoted as saying that Mr. Holtzman “channeled the collective unconscious, to give us the pleasure of ornament before we even knew we wanted it.”
Nest issue 7, Winter 1999-2000 features, amongst much more: sculptor Scott Burton, Gingerbread house sculptor Nayland Blake documented by Nan Goldin, Diana Vreeland’s apartment, Cairo’s City of The Dead, Tom Sachs’ “Bitch Lounge” photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, the interiors of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), The tower of Eben-Ezer, jewerly designer Fulco do Verdura’s Villa Niscemi in Silicy (of Lampedusa’s The Leopard novel, and Antonioni’s L’Avventura fame), and much more… A magazine like no other before or since.
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