032c is a contemporary culture magazine that fiercely believes in the intelligence of its readers, and rises to the challenge of surprising them. Published twice a year, it is both timely and timeless—a celebration of and for the most cutting-edge in art, culture, and fashion.
Finding the new in the old and the old in the new, it is considered the “Berlin magazine that propagates an aesthetic of brutal elegance” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, or simply as the “revue ultra-pointue” by Vogue Paris.
Founded in 2000 in Berlin, 032c is edited by Joerg Koch, art directed by Mike Meiré, and managed by Sandra von Mayer-Myrtenhain. It is distributed to 29 countries and can be found in select art bookstores, fashion boutiques, and newsstands worldwide (also in our Store). Past contributors include Matthew Barney, Hedi Slimane, Daido Moriyama, Juergen Teller, and Rem Koolhaas/OMA. The fashion section has featured stories by Steven Klein, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Fabian Baron and Alasdair McLellan.
032c Workshop / Joerg Koch is an exhibition space in Berlin-Mitte. With an eight-meter-long vitrine designed by Konstantin Grcic, its programming engages the idea of the archive across different disciplines.
The publication's name refers to a Pantone color code; in the Pantone Matching System, 032c refers to a bold red.
i-D magazine considers 032c to be “dedicated to the celebration of ideas,” French Vogue has referred to it as a “revue ultra-pointue,” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has called the magazine “the Berlin magazine that propagates an aesthetic of brutal elegance.” According to the New York Times, “the magazine fuses art and architecture, literature, urban studies in ways that can make one forget how depressing a visit to a newsstand has become.”
032c has been exhibited at the London Design Museum, Colette (Paris), GAS (Tokyo), The Pineal Eye (London) and the 3rd Berlin Biennial, and has received much acclaim for its design and editorial scope, having been awarded one of Germany’s Lead Awards for National Visual Lead Magazine in 2006. The magazine's new design layout in 2007 became a hotly debated issue in the fashion and media world, and a term, "the new ugly," sprung up around the aesthetic phenomenon. In 2008 032c was awarded the German media award Lead Magazine of the Year.