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TENbyTEN is a coffee?table magazine devoted to exploring and making accessible the visual cultures of art, architecture, design, and fashion. Taking an inclusive, fresh, intelligent, and often humorous approach in its editorial and visual content, TENbyTEN examines how these diverse disciplines influence each other as well as shape the contemporary cultural landscape. Though no strict boundaries are set other than quality, TENbyTEN takes pride in presenting outstanding cutting?edge cultural production from Chicago and beyond to national and international audiences.

So what does TENbyTEN stand for? Literally, ?tenbyten? measures a square (but beware measuring our final product by literal standards). The three words define physical space: the space inhabited by a piece of art, the square footage of architecture, the page of a graphic, a length of fabric. TENbyTEN also evokes a modernist love affair with proportionality. TENbyTEN is what happens when you call Chicago your home but have worldwide and wide?ranging interests.


Fake, Winter 2004
Who goes there, friend or faux? Dally in the fabulousness of fake with the Doyenne of Decoupage and artists Conrad Bakker and John Sparagana. Dodge hoaxes, fakes, and frauds as we go in pursuit of the real thing with artist Dan Peterman, fashion designer Gary Graham, architect Dan Rockhill, and survey Chicago?s top eco-friendly furniture designers.

Romance, Fall 2004
Discover one of the great romances of our day, TENbyTEN! Get cozy with renegade architect Carlo Mollino; snuggle up to fashion designers Boudicca and Raf Simons; turn?on with our "quickie guide" to Chicago?s sexiest bathrooms; be seduced by "America #1 Single?s Expert" Don Diebel, and much, much more!

Cheap, Winter 2003
Who you callin? cheap? TENbyTEN, of course! Revel in all things thrifty with an interview with artist Andrea Zittel; the fashion team of Libertine; a photo essay of the cheap thoroughfares of New York?s Canal Street and Chicago?s Maxwell Street; the craft?based art of Georgina Valverde; Kirsten Hudson?s Franchises for the New World; Garofalo Architects? on?the?cheap redesign of TENbyTEN HQ; and a "borrowed" Harper?s Bazaar fashion spread.

Spectacle, Spring 2003
Guy Debord warned us of the specter of the spectacle, but we still can?t seem to get enough. This issue features original art by Marcel Dzama and Bill Smith; the Center for Land Use Interpretation; an interview with Josiah McElheny; Chicago spectacle makers; overlooked architecture; a low rider photo essay; and excessive accessorizing.

How To, Summer 2002
Learn how to make everything. Well, almost everything. Batteries not included. In this issue we feature original artwork by Robert Lentz; Ivan Brunetti?s guide to drawing cartoons; Paradise by Numbers; instructions on how to make a pair of shoes and turn a box into a table; interviews with Jason Rogenes and SIMPARCH; alternative living spaces; and a how?to guide to fashion.

Utopia, Fall 2001
Future perfect. Featuring the art of Ken Fandell, Jan Estep, and Laura Letinsky; interviews with Christian Marclay and Salomón Huerta; (up)rising Chicago designers; architect Ben Nicholson; an informal history of the Church of Craft; textile designer Scott Bodenner; a photo essay of a punk rock nowhere; and Wizard of Oz fashion.

Plastic, Winter 2001
If the future is plastic, how flexible are you? In this issue we turn our attention to the art of Robert Blanchon, Cornelia Parker, and Jeff McMillan; interactive designers FLAT; UrbanLab?s pneumatic architecture; mobile home design; an interview with artist Portia Munson; and plastic fashion produced by Chicago artists and designers.

The Vernacular, Spring 2000
When commonality is extraordinary. Featuring articles on Brasília; original artwork by Katy Fischer; VinylVideo?s retro?future technology; motels of the Northwest; the ubiquitous head of Jesus; BluDot designs; and laundromat couture.

Normalcy/Deviancy, Pilot issue, Fall 1999
Normalcy and deviancy: you can?t have one without the other, but what does it mean to be either? Featuring a double date with the bad boys of British art, Jake and Dinos Chapman; "green" architects MVRDV and William McDonough; artwork by Michael Hernandez de Luna; and fashion designer Cynthia Ashby. The issue that started it all?a true collector?s item.

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  We?re always on the lookout for interesting contributors and exciting editorial submissions. Ideas for features, reviews, and interviews should be proposed at least three months prior to issue date. We generally request that features and interviews somehow speak to the theme of the issue. See themes for our upcoming issues. ?Timeless? submissions are also fine, though they may be held for an appropriately themed issue. If you?d like us to fall in love with your brain, this is a good place to start. Contact us at to query a story or find out more about submitting.

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TENbyTEN hasn?t achieved world domination (yet), but you can find us in cities and small towns coast?to?coast in the US and Canada, plus locations in other countries you?l have to find on your own. If you don?t spot one in a store near you, order online!

If you are a fine, discerning merchant and would like to carry us on your shelves, please contact one of our distributors. They?re real nice.

Ingram Periodicals, Inc.
1240 Heil Quaker Boulevard
La Vergne, TN 37086

Ubiquity Distributors
607 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Bernhard DeBoer
113 East Centre Street
Nutley, NJ 07110
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TENbyTEN is also carried by Tower Books and Records in the US, England, and (we?ve heard) Japan.

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