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INTERVIEW: Akt Magazine founders

Akt magazine is one of the first magazines we are excited to introduce.
Exclusively offered in Australia by ISĒ, Akt magazine is an independent Belgian magazine brought to life by Jessy Van Durme and Piet-Albert Goethals. 
At Akt, there is a search for greatness in a small corner, abstraction in the mass, a keen eye for timeless aesthetics and a nod to Belgium's creative landscape of architecture, design, fashion, food and beyond.
We spoke to the founders about the story behind Akt magazine, what inspires them and their thoughts on sustainability.


ISE - AKT Magazine founders Jesse Van Durme and Piet-Albert GoethalsPhoto: Founders Jessy Van Durme and Piet-Albert Goethals


How did the idea materialise to create Akt Magazine?

Akt is mainly made for ourselves, because we like to meet inspiring people, make new contacts and broaden our horizon and skills. With Akt we don't need to compromise, it is just us, who we are and what we like.

Tell us about the people behind Akt Magazine?

Jessy is trained as an interior architect but is mainly active in graphic design and art direction. Jessy writes for Akt, and takes care of art direction and graphic design. I am the photographer, taking care of photography, art direction & communication for Akt. We share our private and professional life. Apart from us, we work with talented writers and contributors.


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What do you look for in subjects you interview/write about?

Authenticity, honesty, modesty

What was the most challenging obstacle in creating Akt?

Every issue has its different obstacles ranging from International distribution, getting your magazine in the right shops, to sourcing finances to get everything and everyone paid.


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What does a typical day look like for you?

Each day is different, and that is what we like about doing this. But mostly it is hard work.

Describe your aesthetic? Does your aesthetic blend into other areas of your life?

Akt is who and what we are.
It is the embodiment of Jessy and me.
I think readers and people who know us personally can describe it better.


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Is there any particular space that sparks your inspiration?

Mostly nature and silent architecture.

What does sustainability mean to you?

We try to keep our ecological footstep as small as possible. Akt is printed on ecological Munken FSC paper at a local print company. We believe in small, local, high-quality and longevity.

What's on the horizon for you?

We are in the process of finishing our third issue, which will be launched at the end of August. And we have taken a big step by moving to the countryside in June, where we will make Akt spatial for guests. Moving to the countryside will hopefully bring more balance in our work/private life and will bring us closer to nature. We can't wait.



Discover Akt magazine - Volume I and II available now. Complimentary shipping in Australia.


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