TOUT, Issue 01: Color

The Taste of Color

“The intertwining of color with taste is rooted in evolution and lodged deeply in our memories.”

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TOUT is a design-focused publication about cultural production. Each issue explores the untold stories of art, propaganda and commerce.

Launching Spring 2022.

Issue 01: Color Contributors

Jaswinder Bolina is an award-winning poet and essayist. He is the author of the book of essays Of Color. Collections of poetry include The 44th of July, Phantom Camera and Carrier Wave. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Miami.

Osman Can Yerebakan is an art, design and culture writer and curator. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, Metropolis, AnOther, Wallpaper* and New York Magazine.

Sofía Cerda Campero is a writer and translator focused on gender equality, social movements and the Latinx diaspora in the U.S. She co-hosts and produces the podcast Remotas. She is a reporter at The New York Times and her writing appears in Nieman Reports, The Daily Beast and NBC.

Tania Chau is Director of Interior Design at Alda Ly Architecture (ALA). She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a Master’s in Interior Design from Pratt. She is also co-founder and partner of interior design at The Working Quarter, a multi-disciplinary designer collective with a focus on user experience and interiors.

Mihaela Drăgan is an actress and playwright based in Bucharest. Her performances focus on the connection between theatre, Roma identity and social justice. In 2014, she co-founded the Roma feminist theatre company Giuvlipen.

Mohamed Elshahed is an independent writer, curator and critic of architecture. He is the author of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide (AUC Press, 2020), and the curator of Cairo Modern to open at the Center for Architecture in New York City in October 2021. He resides in Mexico City.

Gina Rae La Cerva is a geographer and environmental anthropologist. Her first book, Feasting Wild: In Search of the Last Untamed Food was recommended by the New York Times Summer Reading List and selected as a Best Nonfiction Book of 2020 by Amazon.

Alda Ly, RA is founder and principal of Alda Ly Architecture (ALA). Born in New Zealand and raised in Los Angeles, she studied architecture at UC Berkeley and Harvard GSD. Alda works with entrepreneurs, startups and established organizations to transform healthcare, office and cultural spaces.

Shannon Maldonado is a design consultant and the founder of YOWIE, a Philadelphia-based retail shop centered around curating small collections from fellow artists and designers. She is the lead interior designer for Ethel’s Club, the first social and wellness club created for people of color.

Carlota Rangel is a creative writer and journalist from Mexico City. Her work has appeared in El Universal, Chilango, ELLE México and Vice Media. She wrote a travel column for El Heraldo de México, and her project Mi Casa es tu Casa won a Sabre award.

Anjulie Rao is a journalist and editor of the AIA’s Chicago Architect magazine. Her work is focused on the livable built environment and is featured in The Architectural Review, Curbed, The Architect’s Newspaper and Metropolis.

Oana Stănescu is a Romanian architect who runs her eponymous design practice from New York and Berlin. The Harvard GSD design critic has also worked with the New Museum, Virgil Abloh, Kanye West, Nike and MoMA PS1.

Natalia Torija Nieto is a design and architecture historian. She served as Content director for PIN–UP and her writing has been published in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, apartamento, Gray Magazine and The Architect’s Newspaper.

Elaine YJ Lee is a writer and digital editor with a focus on fashion and Korean culture. She founded Hypebeast Korea and has written for i-D, SSENSE, MR PORTER, Document Journal, apartamento and office.

Ocean Vuong is an essayist, poet and author of The New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019) and the award-winning poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds. His writing is featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Paris Review.

Su Wu is a writer and curator based in Mexico City. Her written work is featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine and she is art editor at n+1. Her upcoming exhibition on the work of Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta will open October 2021 in Oaxaca.

Issue 01 of TOUT, an independent print publication by Dims., is launching Spring 2022.