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With each issue based around a single object, MacGuffin magazine is a platform for fans of inspiring, personal, unexpected, highly familiar or utterly disregarded things. Widely recognized as a fabously designed and immaculately researched design & crafts biannual, it is an indispensable resource for all those who want backstage information about the Life of Things.

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Contributors

  • KIRSTEN ALGERA KIRSTEN ALGERA

    is a design historian, writer and publisher. Hand-washing her wool jumpers in a sink filled with warm water and Biotex is one of her guilty pleasures.

  • ROEL ARKESTEIJN ROEL ARKESTEIJN

    is curator of contemporary art at Museum De Domijnen in Sittard. As a child, he used to suspend kitchen sinks with excessive amounts of finger paint and clay.

  • MICHEL CHARLOT MICHEL CHARLOT

    is a product designer. He prefers to design his own sink.

  • DAVID GAMBLE DAVID GAMBLE

    is an artist and photographer living in New Orleans. When young he was bathed in a deep old porcelain sink with a view on a small orchard.

  • PETER HALLEY PETER HALLEY

    is an artist, writer and teacher living in New York. Halley has always favoured deep stainless steel sinks that effectively hide the dirty dishes.

  • ELIOT HAWORTH ELIOT HAWORTH

    is an assistant editor of Fantastic Man magazine. His classic steel kitchen sink is impossible to keep clean because of the hard water in London that leaves lots of unwanted white marks.

  • ERNST VAN DER HOEVEN ERNST VAN DER HOEVEN

    is an Amsterdam-based artist, curator and gardener. When there is an R in the month he likes to debeard and rinse mussels under running water in his sink, longing for his Norwegian summerhouse by the sea.

  • JESSE HOWARD JESSE HOWARD

    is a designer and researcher investigating open-source production and transparency through reimagining everyday products. Last year, he awoke to a mysterious flood of soapy water flowing out from under his kitchen sink.

  • OTTO KAAN OTTO KAAN

    is a photography duo. The first single Otto illegally downloaded was Fix My Sink — it took 17 hours to complete.

  • BARBARA KARANT BARBARA KARANT

    is a photographer and educator. Although now a proponent of digital printing, she will always have a fondness for her long-gone darkroom sink.

  • MATHIJS LABADIE MATHIJS LABADIE

    is a Rotterdam-based photographer. His kitchen sink is high-gloss black stone which he tries to counterbalance with wooden shelves and clutter.

  • JOEP VAN LIESHOUT JOEP VAN LIESHOUT

    calls himself ‘a sculptor, visionary and enfant terrible’. In the early 1990s, he created a series of sinks in standardized colours and measurements, custom-made to the client’s wishes. You could even have them fitted out with gold-plated taps. They were art.

  • RENE MESMAN RENE MESMAN

    is a photographer based in Amsterdam. He loves tiles so much that his kitchen is fully tiled by DTile. The sink, the fridge, the bar… everything.

  • MARIAH NIELSON MARIAH NIELSON

    is a curator and director of the J.B. Blunk Estate. A hand-carved cypress sink made by her father in 1962 is both a functional and decorative fixture in her home.

  • BILLY NOLAN BILLY NOLAN

    is an architect and editor based in Amsterdam. A long sheet of steel in his kitchen incorporates stove, worktop and sink. No fuss, no frills, just functional.

  • ANNA PUIGJANER ANNA PUIGJANER

    is an architect, researcher, editor, and co-founder of the architectural office MAIO. She writes about kitchenless living, collective housekeeping services and related urban utopias. So the tiny sink that occupies the centre of her kitchen is just an anecdote.

  • JAN ROTHUIZEN JAN ROTHUIZEN

    is a visual artist. He has a scar on his left foot because the porcelain sink he climbed on collapsed under his feet, while he was painting his room.

  • VIVIANE SASSEN VIVIANE SASSEN

    is an artist and photographer based in Amsterdam. Whenever near a sink she remembers running for it almost every day for nine months while she was pregnant, always glad when she made it on time.

  • SCHELTENS & ABBENES SCHELTENS & ABBENES

    are the sum total of a still-life photographer and a craft-minded artist. Averse as she was to cleaning, for fear of being dismissed as a housewife, their mother proposed that they tidy up the house together on Saturday only. Our daily chore was the washing up and, despite her lack of faith in peace, purity and regularity, she insisted that we rinse with water. The day we left home, she triumphantly told us that she’d bought a dishwasher.

  • ASHKAN SEPAHVAND ASHKAN SEPAHVAND

    is a writer, editor and artistic researcher, and currently a fellow at the Schwules Museum in Berlin. This morning he washed all the dirty dishes that piled up in his kitchen sink, knowing the cleaner was coming and it would be quite impolite to leave them for her.

  • RONALD VAN TIENHOVEN RONALD VAN TIENHOVEN

    is an artist, designer and intermediary at large, specializing in cultural forensics. He marvels at the concave beauty of stainless steel sinks, although he also associates them with the many contact lenses that have disappeared down the drain.

  • ILYA UTEKHIN ILYA UTEKHIN

    is an anthropologist and father of two teenagers for whom the kitchen sink is one of most disputed places: dishes don’t wash themselves, and teenagers are reluctant to help them voluntarily.

  • JESSICA WALKER JESSICA WALKER

    has a doctorate in American Studies and writes on the intersections of African American material culture, black feminism, and cultural landscapes. She has only just met her current kitchen sink and therefore looks forward to getting more acquainted over dirty dishes and cleaning collard greens.

  • MARIETTE WIJNE MARIETTE WIJNE

    lives and writes in Amsterdam and does her dishes by hand in the simplest of sinks embedded in the most common Dutch Bruynzeel kitchen there is.

  • HENK WILDSCHUT HENK WILDSCHUT

    is a documentary photographer who lives in Amsterdam. Cleaning the sink is his most rewording job, during his kitchen cleaning activities.

  • CHERYL WHITE CHERYL WHITE

    is an archaeologist living and teaching in South America. Kitchen sinks remind her of many hard-tomanoeuvre and awkward hair-washing sessions she and her sisters had to endure growing up.

  • KIRA WUCK KIRA WUCK

    is a poet and novelist. Kira’s collection of short stories was nominated for the 2016 Biesheuvel Prize. Her motto: ‘Show me your kitchen and I’ll tell you who you are.’

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